Bill was married to Inis Ethlyn Gore in 1947 until her death in 1983. Together, they had two children, Mary Kathleen Appleby Doughty and Robert Keith Appleby. Bill married Mary Ann Logsdon in 1985.
Bill worked for the firm Collins and Flood, Architects and Engineers as an intern in 1947. The firm had offices in McAlester and Ardmore. He received a license to practice architecture in 1951 and opened his own architectural office in Altus in 1954. He retired in 1987.
Bill attended the first Oklahoma Boys State and was a member of the American Legion, Lions Club, Elks Club, Masonic Lodge and was a Shriner. He served on the board of governors for licensed architects for the state of Oklahoma for 15 years and was president of the Oklahoma Chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 1969. He served on the Altus Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for two terms and was a member of the Military Affairs Committee. In May 2012, Bill was honored to go to Washington, D.C., with the Honor Flight from southwest Oklahoma. He was a member of the Altus First Presbyterian Church for 58 years.
William Appleby Jr. was preceded in death by his mother and father; his sister, Loyce Evelyn Appleby Jansing; and his first wife, Inis Ethlyn Gore Appleby.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Appleby of Altus; daughter, Kathleen Appleby Doughty and her husband Lynn of Oklahoma City; and son, Robert Keith “Bob” Appleby and his wife Mary Ann of Dallas. He also is survived by sister, Doris Appleby Loeffelholz of Norman; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Also, the second family he gained from his wife, Mary Ann, her children Dorothy Litland, FR Ulysses D’Aquila, Catherine Magness and husband Greg, Jimmie Logsdon and Mary Lindsey and husband Steve, with eight grandchildren and three great-grandsons.
A visitation was Wednesday at Lowell-Tims Funeral Home.
Memorials can be made to the first Presbyterian Church, Western Oklahoma State College or to the charity of your choice.
Norman Transcript, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012