Christopher Appleby

Christopher Allen Appleby

Wednesday, December 10th, 1947 - Monday, May 25th, 2020
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Christopher Allen Appleby

72, of Fort Gratiot, passed away on Monday, May 25, 2020 at his home.

Chris was born in Bay City, Michigan on December 10, 1947, the son of Benjamin G. and Marion C. Appleby.

Chris graduated from Bay City High School and went on to graduate from Hillsdale College.
He served his country in the United States Air Force before beginning his career as a sales representative. Chris’ charisma and relationships with people helped to form a life filled with adventure and purpose. He was known for his quick wit, his infectious smile and laugh, and his kind and generous spirit. Everywhere he went, he made close and lifelong friends.

Chris’ family and friends were the focal point of his life and he was happiest when spending quality time with them. Chris was an avid outdoorsman with interests that included sailing, skiing, hunting and snowmobiling. He particularly loved Northern Michigan and time spent at the family cottage on Mullett Lake in Michigan, a home away from home.

Surviving in addition to his wife, Barbara are his children, Joshua (Susan) Appleby of Lawton, MI, Charles (Shannon) Appleby of Bigfork, MT; stepchildren, Joshua Beebe and Jennifer Dimmer; grandchildren, Charlie, Benjamin, Oliver, Audrey and Grace; siblings, Karen (Lowell) Baughan, and C.G. (Nancy) Appleby; as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Preceding Chris in death are his parents, Benjamin G. Appleby and Marion C. Appleby.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorials are suggested to the Mullett Lake Area Preservation Society (M.A.P.S.).

Arrangements were provided by Smith Family Funeral Home of Port Huron.

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Greg Busdicker

Posted at 10:11am
Happy, easy going and thoughtful come to mind when I remember my good friend Chris. On fishing trips, dinner parties with friends, or just sitting around having a drink and conversation, Chris was always the positive and optimistic force around us. Despite being the oldest amongst our group of friends (which we never failed to remind him) Chris actually came across as youthful and vigorous, both physically and socially. I was always smiling, laughing and having a good time when he was around. I really, really miss him. -Greg

Judy Hall

Posted at 12:41pm
We have lost a wonderful friend. Chris was a great man.
I will always remember his kind ways and his unforgettable smile. Chris will be missed by many.
With sympathy and fond memories, Judy Hall


Posted at 04:12pm
Sorry for the loss of your father Josh. Your dad seem to have been a very happy man and he raised a son like you who have followed in his footsteps.
I am praying for the family strength. Brenda Moore -MDARD-ESD

Sheila McCulloch

Posted at 11:59am
My sincerest condolences to you and your family; may you find peace, comfort and understanding through the Jesus.

Lisa Leveille

Posted at 03:05pm
There just aren't sufficient words for us to describe our grief. We have so many fond memories of Chris, always quick to smile and laugh and be kind to and be friendly with everyone. He was one of a kind. We will always be grateful for having known him, and there will forever be holes in our hearts.

Love always,
Lisa, Rick, Paul, Kelsey and Nate

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