URBANA – Herbert Appleman, 95, of Urbana passed away at 1:45 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 21, 2013) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
A visitation will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 25, at Renner-Wikoff Chapel and Crematory, 1900 S. Philo Road, Urbana. A funeral service will be held following the visitation at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Pastor Rich Gregory will officiate. A graveside service will be held at 12 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at College Hill Cemetery in Lebanon, Ill.
Mr. Appleman was born April 24, 1917, in St. Louis, Mo., to parents Milo and Emma (Faust) Appleman. He married Jane Barber April 23, 1949 in Flossmoor. She preceded him in death on April 1, 1972.
Survivors include sons, John Appleman (Diane) of Rochester, N.Y., James Appleman of Grayslake, David Appleman (Sandie) of Decatur, Donald Appleman (Melody) of Bement; 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Herbert was preceded in death by his parents, six siblings and one half-sibling.
Mr. Appleman was raised in Belleville until he and his family moved to Urbana, where he graduated from high school. He received his degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1940.
In 1941, Herbert took a position at Chanute Base, teaching aircraft engineering systems. With a strong desire to serve his country during the Second World War, he enlisted in the United States Air Force Meteorology Cadet Program. This began his meteorology career that took him to various locations, including New Mexico, Saipan, Oahu and Germany.
After their return from Germany in 1958, Herbert and his family set their roots in Lebanon, Ill. Mr. Appleman retired to Urbana in 1973.
Mr. Appleman loved his family dearly, and especially cared for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made in Herbert's honor to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Condolences may be offered online at www.renner-wikoffchapel.com.