He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Darlene Appelquist, of Battlefield; his three daughters, Stephanie Richter and husband, Doyle, of Battlefield; Gail Whiting and husband, Erik, of Springfield and Katrina Appelquist, of Battlefield; and six grandchildren: Ashley, Andrew, and Katelyn Richter; and Aaron, Jonathan, and Faith Whiting; nieces, many cousins, and numerous friends.
Jim attended the University of Missouri, Columbia on an NROTC scholarship and graduated with a bachelor's degree in education and was always very proud to be a Mizzou Tiger. He later earned a master's degree in business administration from Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo. After serving in the United States Navy and achieving the rank of lieutenant, he worked at the Southwest Missouri Office on Aging (SWMOA) for 29 years. He was a life-long member of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, serving as elder, congregational president, choir member, praise team guitarist and church youth sports coach. He loved his family well and was always willing to lend a helping hand. He never met a bowl of ice cream he didn't love or a person he couldn't strike up conversation with.
Jim inspired those who knew him to enjoy simple blessings and rejoice in the life to which God called him thru Holy Baptism.
Visitation will be Thursday, Sept. 20 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home in Springfield. Celebration of Life services will be Friday, Sept. 21 at 10 a.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2852 S. Dayton, Springfield. His body will be laid to rest afterwards at Spring River Cemetery in Verona, Mo.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials are sent to SW MO Alzheimer's Association or Springfield Lutheran School. The family appreciates all the prayers, love and support they have received during Jim's illness and passing.