Joseph A. Appelwick, 80, formerly of Clarkfield, died at the Golden Living Center in Rush City, on May 26, 2012.
Funeral services were held Friday, June 1, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Pine City with the Reverend Ron Boettner officiating. Music was provided by organist Glenna Reierson and soloist Glenn Larsen. Casket bearers were Arnie Bowers, Ronnie Smetana, Jim Bergland, Gary Smetana, Kevin Anderson, and Glenn Larsen. Interment was at the Hilltop Cemetery in Pine City.
Joseph Alvin Appelwick was born October 5, 1931 in Clarkfield. Joe, as he was known to his family and friends, was adopted by Ingvold and Hannah (Hoff) Appelwick and grew up in Clarkfield where he attended school. He graduated Clarkfield High School in 1949.
Joe met Doris Krinke, the high school music teacher in Clarkfield, and they were married on September 29, 1951. Joe enlisted in the United States Air Force and was stationed in Anchorage, Alaska, where their son, Glen, was born. Joe and his family were later transferred to Tinker Field Air Force Base. In 1955, Joe was honorably discharged from his military duties and returned to Clarkfield with his family.
Upon his return to civilian life, Joe worked at his father’s gasoline service station in Clarkfield. He then decided to study and take the exam to become a weights and measures inspector, and in 1967 the family moved to Pine City. Joe served the State of Minnesota in a six county area, checking fuel stations and scales for 25 years and then retiring in the spring of 1993.
Joe was an outdoorsman, especially enjoying Mille Lacs Lake and having a trailer parked at Malmo for over 30 years. He also enjoyed deer hunting and sports in general.
Joe is survived by his son, Glen Appelwick of Renville; sister-in-law Zona Krinke of Minneapolis, and nieces Connie VanderWeele and Randi Nelson.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ingvold and Hannah Appelwick, his wife Doris, who passed away in February of this year, and his brother-in-law, Donneth Krinke.
Arrangements were with the Swanson Funeral Chapel, Pine City.