Robert passed away on Friday, November 9th after a short, bravely fought battle with cancer. Robert was born in Peters Township Pennsylvania and was raised by loving parents Patricia Elmer Appel and Ralph Lach Appel (deceased). He was the younger of two boys. He is survived by his Mother (Patricia Elmer Appel), wife Kathleen Harkins Appel, daughter Ashley Appel as well as 10 nieces Marilee, Sara, Jennifer, Brenda, Chrissy, Teresa, Ally, Emily, Tippin, Heather and 13 nephews Richard, Daniel, Billy, Michael, David, Bill, JP, Evan, Kenny, Corbin, Paul, Matt, and Shane. Robert is predeceased by his brother Roy.
Robert graduated from Peters Township High School Class of 1972. He went on to graduate from a trade school before working for Amtrak. Robert then worked in the automobile industry as a car salesman before his employment at the Florida Auto Auction of Orlando in Ocoee, FL, driving cars, coordinating and supervising vehicles and inventory, supervising his own department made up of 24 people, working with multiple car dealers and being an advisor to the Health and Safety Department for the personnel of that department. Robert was the owner/operator of Central Florida Transport. He would help his clients get to and from medical appointments or physical therapy, and help them through pre and post operative procedures. For a few years, Robert had a business painting people’s houses. No matter the job Robert took great pride in his work and always did his job with integrity and care.
Robert’s most rewarding job was as our family caretaker. Robert always made sure that the house was clean and that the pantry and refrigerator were always full of food. He would prepare home cooked meals every night for his family and always took the time to make sure that his family was happy and ensured that they had everything that they needed. Robert retired from his professional life in 2007 to care for his mother when she broke her neck. Robert loved being a husband, father and son. It was the light of his life being able to take care of the ones he loved most.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 24, 2018 with visitation starting at 1:00 pm, followed by the service at 2:00 pm at Dobbs Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers Bob requests that you spend time with your children, take a walk on the beach with your loved ones and make a toast to enduring friendships lifelong and beyond.
Robert will be greatly missed by family and friends. May he rest in peace.