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Paul E. Appling
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A memorial service was held at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in Menlo Park on Dec. 22 for Paul E. Appling, 83, of Los Altos. He died Dec. 14, 2009.

A chapel service was held Friday at Lakewood Funeral Home.

Born Nov. 4, 1926 Paul grew up in the Waterford area where he was educated in the one-room Hickman Grammer School. He graduated from Hughson High School in Hughson. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the Navy where he served during World War II as a sonar specialist. Following the war he attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where he graduated in mechanical engineering in 1951. He was honored by being asked to sing "The Lord's Prayer" at the graduation ceremony. After graduation, he began his career as an engineer with Johns Manville Corporation in Lompoc. Most of his career was spent in Silicon Valley, where he settled and lived the rest of his life in Los Altos. He worked at Sylvania, starting in 1955, and then Teledyne, managing the engineering department and retired in 1994 after 35 years. He later consulted for Intervac for four years. Mr. Appling was active in church work all his life, voluteering in the chaplaincy program at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View. He loved to travel with his wife and visited many countries.

He leaves behind his wife of 58 years, Marguerite (Verwer) Appling of Los Altos; four children, Sandra, Terry, Ric and Tanya; and 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Remembrances may be sent to Mount Hermon Association, Inc., P.O. Box 413, Mount Hermon, CA 95041.

-Ceres Courier /January 13, 2010