A funeral service, celebrating the life of Thomas W. Apple, 78, of Hebron, was held December 10, 2016, in the chapel of the Kirkersville home of Hoskinson Funeral and Cremation service, with Pastor Randy Small as celebrant. Tom will be laid to rest in the Kirkersville Cemetery next to his beloved wife Janit at a later date.
Tom died peacefully December 7, 2016, at his home with family members at his side. He was born in Versailles, on April 4, 1938, the son of the late Norbert W. and Louise (Lindsey) Apple. He was a graduate of Versailles High School and was retired from Newark City Schools.
Tom’s passion was go-kart racing. He built engines and raced go-karts as Apple Racing. He was a devoted member of Family of Faith Christian Church in Newark.
He is survived by his loving family: children, Teresa (Randy) Small of Newark, Diana (Eric) Gutridge of Heath, Debbie (Mike) Neff of Strawberry Plains, TN., Todd (Tonya) Helsel of Delbarton, WV. and Tim (Robin) Helsel of St. Louisville; sisters, Shirley (Keith) Spitzer of Versailles and Marilyn (George) Reigel of Troy; sister-in-law, Carol Apple of Versailles; 18 grandchildren; and 22 greatgrandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Janit; daughter, Sherry Wright; son-in-law, Rick Wright; and his brothers, Bill and Harold.
Memorial contributions in his memory may be directed to The Foundation for Hospice of Central Ohio, P.O. Box 430, Newark, Ohio 43058.