Christopher Norbert Apple

February 8, 1966July 2, 2018
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Christopher Norbert Apple, 52 of Versailles, Ohio passed away on Monday July 2, 2018 at 4:29 PM at his residence. He was born February 8, 1966 in Greenville, Ohio the son of Carol J. (Booher) Apple of Versailles and the late Harold R. Apple. He worked as Fleet Manager at RK Hydrovac Inc. He was a member of St. Denis Catholic Church; Celina Moose Lodge; he loved to fish, work on things and go camping with his friends. He is preceded in death by his father. He is survived by his mother; his wife: Candace A. (Tobias) Apple of Versailles whom he married June 27, 1992; his children & spouse: Ashlyn L. Apple of Versailles & Denver C. & Katey Apple of Covington; his brother & sister in law: Richard “Rick” & Michele Apple of Versailles; sisters & brothers in law: Denise & Mike Weyrick of Greenville, Jill & Tom Kuntzman of Columbus, Beth & Scott Subler of Versailles. A celebration of life will be held on Tuesday July 10, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home, Versailles, Ohio with Rev. Fr. Jim Duell officiating. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM on Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to James Cancer Research Hospital or State of the Heart Care.


  • Visitation Tuesday, July 10, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Christopher Norbert Apple

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Karen Besecker

July 7, 2018

Carol, and family,
Was so saddened to hear of your sons death. Didn't know until just now. Oh my goodness was shocked to hear this, can't even begin to think of loosing a child before me. I know its been a long time since I've talked to you. Hope you are still good health. If you need to talk give me a call, my number is still the same.
Take care and know … I am truly sorry.
Your old neighbor behind you ( at Gigandet's house)
Karen Besecker

Barb Shepherd-Smith

July 5, 2018

Great memories of our camping Buddy ! Whenever I think of Chris, I have to smile. I'm sure Chris and Smitty are celebrating. You have my deepest sympathy Candy. May you find strength and peace. GOD Bless. Barb

Joann Oliver-Maltinsky

July 5, 2018

It is so sad to learn that Chris has left this world, and those who loved him. My only memories are of when he was a child. I enjoyed being at the Apple home to spend time with his older sister, Dee. He was so cute and mischievous. Our lives are altered by those we meet during our time here on earth. We learn to love, accept, forgive, and cherish because of the people we come in contact with. We cry when that individual passes away, not for them-but for ourselves. We realize how much we will miss them...but we need to know in our hearts that they are in a glorious place- no longer in pain. You will be reunited, at your own time, and feel his love and see that quirky smile.


Wedding Day June 27,1992 St. Teresa Church Covington, Ohio


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Christopher Norbert Apple was a modest man, quiet and observant in his ways. He was trustworthy and traditional in his approach to his life and in his relationships. He was tough-minded with the kind of “stick to it” attitude that earned the respect of all who knew him. He was also a man who was meticulous, carefully disciplined, and orderly in virtually everything he undertook. Realistic about life, he was always at the ready, prepared to take on responsibility.

      Christopher was born on February 8, 1966 at Wayne Hospital in Greenville, Ohio. His parents were Harold and Carol Apple. Christopher was raised in Versailles, Ohio. He was brought up to be self-confident and dependable. These were traits that would serve him well throughout his life.

      Growing up in the Apple household was a bit different than most homes. There were good times to be had, but just as often there was a fair share of challenges as well. However, Christopher was able to work through the usual family problems when they appeared, and he was the one person in the family who seemed able to keep the stress at bay. Christopher was raised with four siblings. He had one older brother, Rick, and, three older sisters, Denise, Jill and Beth. Christopher was constantly involved in activities with his brother and sisters. Christopher and his siblings may have had the typical rivalries while growing up but Christopher was always consistently loyal to his family.

      As a young child, Christopher was never someone who needed to be the center of attention. He wasn’t pushy and never forced his way into games or other activities. Christopher developed a variety of interests, though, and the things he enjoyed doing he did well. He was always curious about the world around him and was often eager to explore it. Christopher took part in Jr Hi football. In his spare time he liked to ride dirt bikes, fish, and work on and race go-carts. However, what Christopher enjoyed most was simply playing and spending time with his many friends.

      While his teachers and even his friends generally thought of Christopher as being a serious person, he managed to have a pretty good time in high school as he made that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. He graduated from Versailles High School in 1984. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. Christopher was a very logical person who enjoyed learning about factual information. Using his exceptional memory, he was able to learn much through observation. Christopher always seemed to have a command of the facts and was able to make it seem as though he could easily master any problem that might be presented to him.

      Always considered to be a solid friend, Christopher was fortunate to have numerous acquaintances and several very close friends during his life. Since he disliked making generalizations about people and preferred to draw his own conclusions based on direct observation, Christopher was able to see beneath the surface of relationships and became a true friend to those who knew him. He was committed to his friends and valued the trust he placed in them. It was not uncommon for Christopher to go beyond the call of duty for others, and friends frequently sought him out for advice because he had a knack for coming up with practical solutions to any type of dilemma. While growing up, some of his best friends were Dan and Dean Treon, Todd Deeter, Dale Jenkinson, Chad Dill, Marc Derringer. Later in life, he became friends with Scott and Lisa Mowen, Thomas and Renee Vysocky, Glen and Christina Bowman, Dan Treon, Todd and Julie Deeter, Rod and Lisa Patty.

      On June 27, 1992 Christopher exchanged wedding vows with Candace Arlene Tobias at the St. Teresa Roman Catholic Church of Covington, Ohio. Compassionate and devoted to Candace, Christopher held endearing, traditional values about marriage and family life. He took the responsibility of marriage to heart, giving it his total commitment. He was a source of strength to Candace and using his gifts at nurturing one-on-one relationships, he worked hard to make his new family happy.

      Christopher brought the same traditional values in his marriage to bear on how he raised his children. He was a good parent to them, always firm yet fair in his dealings. He would always listen carefully and think things through before he acted, even when it was an adverse situation. Christopher was also a walking schedule, always seeming to know what everyone in the family needed to do, where they needed to be and when they needed to be there. Christopher was blessed with two children, one daughter, Ashlyn and one son, Denver.

      Christopher greatly enjoyed what he did for a living. He was a hard worker who expected the same in return from his co-workers. He was skilled at working effectively in small groups and in one-on-one situations as well as handling solo assignments efficiently. Christopher enjoyed dealing with concrete ideas and could penetrate any amount of fuzzy information to reach the essential facts. Always able to attend to the task at hand, Christopher was excellent at meeting deadlines. He was an efficient worker, one who paid careful attention to detail, allowing sufficient time to complete one task before moving on to the next. His primary occupation was fleet service manager. He was employed for 30 years at RK Hydro Vac Inc. Christopher worked hard to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Christopher liked to experience things first-hand as well as learn about them. This trait carried over into his hobbies, where he was very methodical in how he organized his activities and categorized things. Since he enjoyed his private time, Christopher always tried to allocate a specific time for working on his hobbies. His favorite pursuits were camping, fishing, hunting and target shooting. Christopher was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Christopher found pleasure in sports. Being a person who was comfortable making win/lose decisions throughout life, he could appreciate that athletes made those types of decisions in sports. He applauded those who won, and he enjoyed the statistical data and sports facts and could find himself wrapped up in those details. Recreational sports included corn hole, fishing, backyard volleyball. He would watch his favorite sporting events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were football and basketball.

      Many organizations were grateful to have Christopher as a member, since he always brought with him a “stick to it” attitude and a high degree of common sense. Using straightforward methods to successfully complete the job, Christopher was a great planner who was incredibly well organized. It seemed that he was able to schedule any event or activity with ease. He always seemed to know exactly what needed to be done. Throughout his later years, Christopher was a member of the Celina Moose and the Dawg Valley Gun Club.

      As a man who always showed great commitment to the things he believed in, it’s little wonder that Christopher was so active in his community. Being practical and mentally disciplined, Christopher preferred to base his decisions on first-hand experiences. Christopher was never afraid to roll up his sleeves and dig right in. Politically, Christopher was strong supporter of the Republican Party.

      Christopher was a man who was dedicated and devoted to his faith. He was a member St. Denis Catholic Church. He was a sympathetic man who valued his beliefs and was willing to work tirelessly for them.

      Christopher enjoyed traveling and taking vacations. Since he was an early starter and had a knack for planning everything, traveling with Christopher appeared effortless. He enjoyed researching all of his examined options and applying cost-effective planning techniques. Plus, no matter where he traveled, Christopher always had a back up plan at the ready, just in case. Favorite vacations included San Antonio, Texas, Austin, Texas, the Bahamas, Orlando, Florida, Denver, Colorado, Lake Cumberland, Kentucky or just camping at Grand Lake St. Mary's.

      Christopher was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Christopher’s favorites was Sam, a German Shepherd dog. They were best friends for 10 years. His family was rounded out by his dog Zoe who he had for 12 years and Ellie, his mini Golden Doodle puppy.

      Christopher Norbert Apple passed away on July 2, 2018 at his home in Versailles, Ohio. Chris fought a long battle against cancer. He is survived by his wife Candace and two children, Ashlyn and Denver and Denver's wife Katey ; his mother, Carol; his brother Rick and his sisters Denise, Jill, and Beth. Services were held at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home. Christopher's ashes lay at rest at home with his wife Candace.

      Commitment is a key word that can be used to describe the life of Christopher Norbert Apple. He was committed to living the life of a good man who was both practical and trustworthy. He was committed to the traditional values that he upheld his entire life. He committed himself to being a hard worker who expected the same effort in return from those around him. Most of all, he was committed to those he knew and loved.