John “Jack” Appleman


MOLINE — John “Jack” Appleman, 85, of Moline, passed away Friday, Sept. 16, 2022, at home surrounded by family.

Funeral Mass will be held at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Moline. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, with a rosary to be recited at 3 p.m., at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, Ltd., Moline. Burial will follow at Moline Memorial Park with military honors to be conducted by the American Legion Post #246. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Alleman High School, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, or the Family to Family Program at Sacred Heart Church.

Jack was born in Amboy, on Oct. 2, 1936, the son of William and Helen (Jones) Appleman. He attended Amboy High School and in 1955, joined the United States Marine Corps with his best friend, Butch North. While in the Marines, on Jan. 1, 1958, he married Julie Morrissey after a three-week courtship.

After four years in the Marine Corps, Jack was hired by United Parcel Service where he worked for 39 years. At the time of retirement, he held the longest safe driving record for the state of Iowa with 38 years of safe driving. After his retirement for UPS, he barbered part-time in Moline and East Moline until 2017.

Jack became catholic while in the Marine Corps and expressed his love for the Sacred Heart community as an usher and Eucharistic minister for over thirty years. His life was an exemplary model of faith and integrity for his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 64 years, Julie; three children, Jill (Chris Scott) Appleman, Jeff (Theresa) Appleman, Jerry Appleman; daughter-in-law, Stacy (Luke) Appleman-Steen; 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by three children, Tony Appleman, Jimmy Appleman, Judi Sunner; siblings, William Appleman, Fred Appleman, Janet Foley; and his parents.

Memories may be shared online by visiting esterdahl.com.

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