Duaine J. Appleton

September 6, 1932September 24, 2010

On September 24, 2010 we lost our beloved husband, father, friend. Duaine Jerome Appleton was born September 6, 1932 in Saltillo, Texas. His parents, Travis and Valerie Wardrup Appleton predeceased him. He attended East Texas State Teachers College and married Jean Cranford November 14, 1953. He was in the United States Army in Korea from 1953 until 1955. He and Jean graduated from ET in 1956. They had a son, Duaine, Jr. (Dee) and a daughter, Julie, in Houston, Texas. In 1972 Duaine opened Taylor Rental Center in Plano and built it into a successful business. His employees and his customers were his friends. In 2004 he sold it to his employee and loving friend, Mark Mancill. Duaine enjoyed talking, drinking coffee with his friends at the “Brain Trust”, traveling, spending time with other couples who have been friends for such a long time, hunting with his life-long friend, Dr. R. Don Patman, serving on the First Last Dinner Dance Board ET/A&M-Commerce, playing with his vast array of toys and being with his family, the love of his life Jean. He is survived by Jean, Dee and his children Kristy and Alex, Julie and her husband Craig Campbell and their son Duncan. He is also survived by a sister, Dorothy Holubec, her husband Frank, and their daughter Melissa, brother-in-law Bill Cranford and sister-in-law Judy Summers. He has one surviving uncle, Wayne Wardrup, and many cousins. Duaine will be remembered for his wit, his intelligence, and the many kindnesses he extended to so many family and friends. “Good night, Sweet Prince; and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!” Visitation will be Monday, September 27, 2010 from 6-8 pm at Ted Dickey West and services will be Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at 10 am at First United Methodist Church. Burial in Saltillo, Texas. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Old Saltillo United Methodist Church, 155 Hermitage Farm Road, Scroggins, Texas 75480.


  • Funeral Service Tuesday, September 28, 2010
  • Visitation Monday, September 27, 2010

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Carla Drain

October 21, 2010

Dear Jean, Dee & Julie-

I'm so sad to hear about Duaine's death & very much wish I could have attended his memorial service.

He was not only wise, but the kindest, most patient boss I ever had. When I broke hundreds of Champagne glasses, got my finger caught in his vacuum cleaner, went to a boozy lunch with Dee and forgot to come back to work...he gave a young girl another chance.

I learned so much about running a business from DJA & I'll always regret that I didn't have a chance to thank him & say goodbye properly. I hope he knew how much I admired, respected & loved him.

Whenever I think of Duaine I'll remember most his engaging curiosity-such joie de vivre! I'll really miss stopping by the donut shop, seeing his face light up and hearing him say, "What's up, Clara Bell?"

Thinking of you all with deepest sympathy-

Carla Hodges (Bales) Drain

October 9, 2010

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Duaine. The Appleton family was very special to me. Dorothy and I went to High-School together. I remember Duaine
as that "little bro." always around,
always happy.Dottie,you and your family
are in my thoughts and prayers.
Bob Henderson, Palestine,Texas
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Harold Savage

October 4, 2010

I met Duaine in 1972 when he hired me to install air conditioning in his new store, Taylor Rental. From that day to now he has been a friend, mentor, business adviser and a "Go To Guy". I have read each and every entry in the guest book...all true, all Duaine.
Godspeed to you my friend.
I can't really express in words how I will miss him.
Gods Blessing to Jean, Dee & Julie and all the family.

David Hunt

October 2, 2010

I was lucky enough to know Duaine in the late 70's and early 80's and I enjoyed coming into the store and catching up on what was going on with him and the family when ever I was in town. No question Mr Appleton was one of a kind.

October 2, 2010

Condolences from another fellow Elkhart grad. Paula Revill Dunn--class 47. Came to Houston for nursing school and still here. Paula Dunn

Matt Franklin

October 1, 2010

God bless the family and give them peace in the passing of Duaine Appleton. Duaine was kind to hire me to work in his business. He was fair and just. I learned from him and I appreciate the time I had with him. He will be missed.

Odra and Egeo de la Garza

September 30, 2010

Julie we are so sorry for your loss,God bless all the Family .Rest in peace Duaine J. Appleton.

C Campbell

September 29, 2010

Honest, generous, and loyal to family and friends. Unique person.

Erin Campbell

September 28, 2010

I'll never forget the words Duaine spoke to me right after Julie and my father were married. We hugged as he said "Welcome to the family." Even as an 11 year old, I knew how powerful those words were. He made me feel welcome with that simple sentence. To say he will be missed is an understatement.

Max Weatherford

September 28, 2010

Duaine and I grew up together, classmates and had a lot of good times together. May You Rest In Peace My Friend.

Max Weatherford