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Robert H. “Bob” Applegate

retired funeral director with Condo & Son Funeral Home, Wilkinson, Indiana, died October 1, 2012, at age 82. Applegate graduated from Indiana College of Mortuary Science and enlisted in the United States Air Force and stationed at Sampson Air Force Base in Geneva, New York, until leaving in 1955 with the rank of staff sergeant. He began his employment with Condo & Son in 1955 and stayed for 42 years, until his retirement in 1997. Applegate established the Wilkinson Volunteer Fire Department in 1957 and served as its chief for more than 40 years. During his tenure, the department established the Athlete of the Year Award and presented it annually to the outstanding senior athlete. Applegate was a past member of the board of directors of Wilkinson United Methodist Church and was involved in the Wilkinson Junior-Senior High School PTA, Eastern Hancock School Board, Athletic Booster Club and the PTO. He was a charter member of the Wilkinson Civil Club and member of the Wilkinson Town Board. He also served as deputy coroner from 1970-74 and was appointed to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department Merit Board in 1980. He is survived by wife Carol; children Debbie, Doug, Diana and Donna; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.