James Herbert Apprill

June 1, 1932July 20, 2020

Born and raised in St. Louis, MO. Attended Epiphany and St. Gabriel the Archangel grade schools. He Graduated from McBride High School in 1950 and on to study accounting and business at St. Louis University. While there he was acclaimed as an outstanding member of ROTC. After graduation in 1954, he joined the Air Force and spent his 2 years at various bases in Oklahoma, Colorado and Texas. He passed his love of Oklahoma to his son Greg; they shared many happy memories of OU Football. Jim was Honorably Discharged in 1956, but remained in the National Guard. He went to work for IBM/Service Bureau. It was not his calling so he returned to St. Louis and started his career in business forms under the mentorship of Gunther Kohn, of the Jerome Group. Jim met and married his first wife Mary Lou and the started their family of three sons. In 1966, he took the risk to start his own company: Continental Business Forms. He built a 5 unit office warehouse which ignited his next career in purchasing and renting property. He retired in 1992. He left his hometown of St. Louis to follow his dream of playing tennis every day in San Diego. He played tennis almost every day, first at Balboa Tennis Club and then also at Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet. Jim married his current wife, Donna in 1999 after a long courtship. They shared the fun of purchasing and renting properties. Jim is survived by wife, Donna. Sons Gregory Apprill(Stephanie) of Redlands, CA., Paul Apprill of St. Petersburg, FL., Christopher Apprill of Festus, MO. Grandsons Robert Apprill(Nicole) of Lawrence, KS and Corey Apprill of Festus, MO. Grandsons by marriage Zachary Gomez, USAF Las Vegas, NV., Nicholas Gomez of Redlands, CA..Great grandsons Henry and Simon Apprill of Lawrence, KS.. Brother in law Richard Crespi(Rosemary, deceased) of St. Louis, MO. and sister Anita Ohlhausen of Oakton, Virginia. He has numerous nephews and nieces. Tributes can be made in Jim’s name to Balboa Tennis Club 2221 Morley Field Dr. San Diego, CA.92104 attention Colleen.


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Judy DuPree

August 30, 2020

Jim and Donna were friends of mine in Saint Louis. Donna and I worked together in Nursing. For me, Jim’s claim to fame was when he told me to answer a personal ad in a small local newspaper. I had been divorced four years. This was in 1986, way before on-line dating. I met the love of my life this way on my first try’ and we were married in 1988. Jim and Vern immediately became friends. They were a month apart in age and Donna and I were a year apart in age. Two perfect matches. My Vern preceded him in death on March 15, 2019.

Carol Quaresma

August 6, 2020

I met Jim during the last few years of his life. Jim, Donna & their dog Betty live just a few blocks away from me. I met them through some mutual tennis friends & my daughter Carla who was the tennis director at the RB Inn. Carla has fond memories of Jim & I will always remember his wonderful smile & that twinkle in his eyes-he was a sweet, kind, gentle, genuine man who loved his wife & family. Am so sorry he is no longer with us but am happy he is no longer suffering! Good bye Jim

Clare Wick

August 1, 2020

Please accept our heartfelt sympathy in the recent passing of your beloved husband Jim.

We have fond memories of our times together in St. Louis. Tennis games with you and Jim were always challenging. Russ looked forward to talking about sports, especially baseball, with Jim. You both were such gracious hosts when we visited you a few years ago.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Clare Maguire Wick and Russ Wick

Helen & Brian Smith

July 30, 2020

Dear Donna
We have such fond memories of Jim at so many of our dining events through the years in the Scripps Ranch Womens Club. He was always the consummate host (under your expert tutelage, of course) and we had as many good laughs together as we had good dinners and good wine.
We enjoyed his company. He will be missed.
Helen and Brian Smith


July 29, 2020

I'm so happy that Jim and Donna moved into my street and that we became good friends and neighbors. Jim had a way of story telling that was amusing and educational (with that sparkle in his eye), and we enjoyed some good times. I know that he and Donna had a very special love, and she has some of the most wonderful memories to help her through.

Malcolm Albrecht

July 29, 2020

Jim told me many detailed stories about his life. He was never shy when bragging about Donna, his children and grandchildren. Jim, Donna, Beverly and I enjoyed many dinners together from San Diego to Palm Desert. His after dinner drink was Scotch. In his memory, I raise my glass in a TOAST of friendship and respect. Sincerely, Malcolm Paul Albecht

Katie Casey Maloney

July 29, 2020

My thoughts are with you, Greg, Paul, Chris, and Donna. Uncle Jim was always so kind and friendly.

Peter Ohlhausen

July 29, 2020

I have the fondest memories of my Uncle Jim, especially his deep laugh. Condolences to Donna, Greg, Paul, and Chris, as well as Jim's sister, my mom, Anita.
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Sue Hoeksema

July 28, 2020

Uncle Jim was my godfather. He was always so kind to us. I was an employee of his at times as a young teen alphabetizing those business forms and whatnot. I'm grateful for good memories of him. What a good man! We send our love and prayers.

Sue and family

SueAnn McCarthy

July 28, 2020

Jim was such a gentle and kind person. He was a joy to be around . He had endless stories and I couldn't wait to hear them each week while taking care of him. I feel so blessed to have known him. He will be missed.