OBITUARY

Rodney John Appelhans

December 16, 1948August 6, 2013

Rodney John Appelhans, of Greeley, died Aug. 6, 2013, at Porter Hospital in Denver. He was born Dec. 16, 1948, to John and Loretta (Schneider) Appelhans in Ovid, Colo. Rodney married Maribeth Gebhardt on June 10, 1972, in Lakewood, Colo. They just celebrated their 41st anniversary and were a strong loving couple. Rodney grew up in Sedgwick, Colo. He graduated from Revere High School in Ovid, Colo., in 1967. He then, graduated from Northeastern Junior College in Sterling and the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. Rodney was a Master Real Estate Appraiser for over 30 years. He was a member of the Appraisal Institute with an SRA designation. Rodney was a friendly, gentle, soft-hearted man, who never knew a stranger. His family was his passion. He was a very involved father and grandfather. He attended all school and sport activities, he coached soccer teams, and held and cared for babies. Rodney took great pride in his grandchildren and enjoyed spoiling them. Rodney remained close to his extended family; he never missed a reunion or family event. He also was quite the handyman doing household repairs and woodworking for family and friends. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing and camping. Rodney is survived by his wife, Maribeth; son, Nathan Appelhans and wife, Chandra Thomas, and their children, Nathan, Marley, Jack and Lily of Greeley; daughter, Katie Brown and husband, Scott, and their children, Addison and Aidan “Koko” of Colorado Springs; daughter, Julie Call and husband, Tim, and their children, John, Robert and Hayden of Loveland; sister, Thelma Sandquist and husband, Glen, of Sedgwick; and numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents. The Recitation of the Rosary will be held at 7 p.m., Friday, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 2222 23rd Ave., Greeley. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, also at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, followed by the inurnment at Linn Grove Cemetery. A reception will follow at Trinity Lutheran Church, 3000 35th Ave., Greeley, CO, 80634. Memorial contributions may be made to Habitat for Humanity of Greeley, in care of Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 W. 28th St., Greeley, CO. Please visit www.stoddardsunset.com to sign online guestbook.

Services

  • Recitation of the Rosary Friday, August 9, 2013
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, August 10, 2013
REMEMBERING

Rodney John Appelhans

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Pamela Newsom (Mitchel(

November 14, 2013

Maribeth I just found out about Rodney from the UNC Northern Vision magazine and you can imagine my shock!! I am so sorry for your loss....I will always remember Rodney's great smile!! I'm still living in Seattle but I'm coming home for Thanksgiving. Both of my folks have passed but my sister still lives in Denver. I don't know how often you read this but I would love to reconnect with you. I'm there from 20 Nov - Dec 4th. My cell # is 206-365-8875. I'll try and locate you once I'm there, but please call if you get this. Much love goes out to you........Pam :) Newsom (Mitchel)

Kim Rydbom

August 12, 2013

Maribeth and family,

My heart is broken for all of you. I loved working with Rodney at Equitable Savings & Loan. He was such a joy, had a such a big heart and was a very kind and gentle man. He was always so proud of all of you and I loved listening to his stories of you all. My life is richer for having known him. God bless you all. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Elizabeth Segura Ortiz

August 12, 2013

Maribeth, I'm sad to hear of your loss. My condolences go out to you and your family..May God Bless you and look towards the Lord for comfort. Keeping you and your loved ones in prayer.. Elizabeth Segura Ortiz..

Jodi Bobbitt

August 12, 2013

Maribeth, my heart is broken for you and your family. May you feel embraced by the love of God and your family during this difficult time. Hold tight to your memories and take time to share them together. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Del and Bette Matero

August 10, 2013

Maribeth and family...we were saddened to hear of your great loss. We loved Rod, for the very things mentioned in his obituary. Although we are many miles apart, our love and prayers are with you all. Just think about what heaven has gained! As you spend your time apart from him, try to focus on that day when you will be with him again, for eternity...love you Maribeth.

Del and Bette Matero

August 10, 2013

Maribeth and family...we were saddened to hear of your great loss. Although we are miles apart, please know that our love and prayers are with you all. We loved Rod, for the very reasons listed in his obituary. Just think of what heaven has gained! As you face the time apart from him, try to focus on that day when you will be with him again for eternity...love you, Maribeth.

Sylvia Lane

August 10, 2013

Condolences to Maribeth and family. I knew Rodney when we were just kids and my parents (Charles and Barbara Tuba) would take us to the farm. Rodney was always pleasant and took time to show us around. The picture you have on top of this page is the way I remember him. Sorry I cannot attend the Mass but you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Donna Rundell

August 9, 2013

Maribeth, Katie, Julie, Nathan and your Families. Our condolences to all of you for your great loss. Hoping all of your wonderful memories of times shared will help get you through these tough times. We will miss our wonderful neighbor and friend. He always had time to lend a helping hand with a smile. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers and that we are here for you. Donna and Mom

Penny Lowenthal

August 9, 2013

Rodney was an integral part of our appraisal team, but more importantly, he was a terrific human being. I am so very sorry for the loss of such a wonderful person.

Penny Lowenthal
Community Banks of Colorado

August 9, 2013

On behalf of myself and all of the employees at Equitable Savings and Loan, I wish to pass on our most sincere sympathy to the entire family of Rodney. We mourn your loss of our business associate and friend. Rodney will be greatly missed by all of us.

May God be with him,

Skip Koenig