OBITUARY

Arnold Raymond Apprill

May 1, 1942October 23, 2012

Arnold Raymond Apprill, 70, of Kansas City, MO, passed away on October 23, 2012. Private family services will be held. Burial will be in Higginsville Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville, MO, with full military honors. Arnold was born May 1, 1942, in Kansas City, MO to Raymond J. and Doris J. (Christian) Apprill. He attended The University of Missouri Rolla School of Mines and Metallurgy, where his lifelong love of elements of the earth began. As a member and vice-president of the Independence Gem and Mineral Society, he shared his passion and knowledge with fellow “Rock Hounds”. He hunted rocks in several mountain ranges from digging for diamonds in Arkansas to panning for gold in Colorado. He collected thousands of gem and mineral specimens in his frequent travels across the country. Arnold proudly served in the United Stated Air Force. He was a military, aviation, and mining buff, driving annually to several air shows. He felt honored to be present at the final space shuttle launch in Florida. He loved taking photos on his trips and could have filled a library with his shots of planes, antique cars, and nature. Arnold retired from the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant where he was an inspector in the gauge lab. He doted on his nieces and nephews and their children. Uncle Arnie was a favorite among them. Everyone who came in contact with Arnold recognized that he was a gentle, kind man. He is preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his brother Paul (Kathy) Apprill of Overland Park, KS, his sister Mary Ann (Dick) O’Neill of Thornton, CO, five nieces and nephews and four grandnieces and nephews.

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Michael Oliver

January 24, 2013

Thank You Arnold, for the memories that will last a lifetime. You touched our lives as no one else could. We will never forget you and all that you've done.

Darrell Utt

November 5, 2012

We will miss you Arnie. Your laboratory coworkers offers our condolences to Arnold's family.

Christopher Cooper

November 4, 2012

Arnold, a fellow Rockhound he was one of the most interesting. kindest and caring person to come into one's life and my wife Faye! We had only known him for a short time and we learned a lot from him in the very short time! We love his stories about Colorado all the time. He will be will greatly be missed! What Great Guy he was and we always loved his stories and his telling about his trips all the time! From Me and Faye we like to pass on our condolences to the Apprill Family!

Maggie Apprill

November 1, 2012

As the unofficial historian of the Apprill family, Uncle Arnie always had the best stories. My favorites were the ones about the adventures he and my dad had throughout their childhood. Arnie never lost that sense of adventure: whether he was seeing the world with the Air Force, mining for gold in the mountains of Colorado, or photographing airplanes and cars at shows across the country. Although Uncle Arnie was a fixture at the library, he didn't just read about things that interested him - he went out and experienced them firsthand. We will miss hearing about his latest adventure at our next family get together, but it is nice to know he's off enjoying the greatest adventure of all. Bon voyage!

Sue Bullington

November 1, 2012

So sorry for your loss. Remember the Apprill family from my childhood, went to St Ann's with Paul. Sue Kinney Bullington Pleasant Hill, Mo

November 1, 2012

We wish to extend our sympathy to Arnold's family and friends. We will miss Arnold personally, as a fellow club member, and rockhound on field trips. Arnold brought so much to our IGAMS meetings,from specimens he collected and purchased,to information from people he met at events. Arnold's enthusiasm for our hobby was inspiring and will be greatly missed.

Bob

October 31, 2012

I am grateful for the life of Mr. Apprill. Thanks to his service and to the service of others in our armed forces, my family and I have been able to lead our lives in freedom and peace.

Bob

October 31, 2012

I am grateful for the life of Mr. Apprill. Thanks to his service and to the service of others in our armed forces, my family and I have been able to lead our lives in freedom and peace.

Colleen Abraham

October 31, 2012

Paul, Kathy & family,

My sincerest condolences for the loss of your brother & uncle. Colleen Abraham

Carol Fergason

October 31, 2012

We will miss our good rock hound friend Arnie at our rock club meetings. He always contributed much of his knowledge and personality and great energy to any of our get togehters. Blessings to his family.