The Coshocton County Beacon June 28, 2017 - Page 16

16 THE BEACON www . coshoctonbeacontoday . com June 28 , 2017
By Mark Fortune mark @ coshoctoncountybeacon . com
COSHOCTON - Birds chirped as the lonely melody of taps drifted over South Lawn Cemetery on a sunny afternoon in Coshocton last Thursday as U . S . Army Private Eugene “ Gene ” J . Appleby was laid to rest alongside his mother and young sister . Pvt . Appleby was a World War II paratrooper and parachuted in with the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment , 82nd airborne paratroopers as part of the ill-fated Operation Market Garden on Sept . 17 , 1944 . Fellow soldiers reported seeing Pvt . Appleby being shot after landing and he was reported missing to the family , remaining missing in action until 2011 . His remains were found on a farm in the Netherlands and following research and verification Pvt . Appleby was positively identified and a nephew , Gene Simonds , in Florida was notified .

Missing World War II paratrooper laid to rest

“ We say goodbye today to Pvt . Appleby . His soul and spirit have been with the Lord for a long time . His bones are going back to the earth .”
-Pastor Mark Granger
South Lawn Cemetery in Coshocton will be the final resting place for Pvt . Appleby . Pastor Mark Granger conducted the service and arrangements were by Miller Funeral Home . The casket containing Pvt . Appleby ’ s remains was escorted from Columbus to Miller Funeral Home in Coshocton last Tuesday with an escort of sheriff ’ s cruisers , fire trucks , State Highway Patrol , Patriot Guard Riders and others . The people of Coshocton County lined Main Street waving American flags to welcome this hero home at last .
Following the very well attended Thursday service , members of the Coshocton County Sheriff ’ s Office
served as pall bearers and a horse drawn caisson from Carriage Limousine Service carried the casket to South Lawn Cemetery . The sharp report of three volleys of seven confirmed for all in attendance that a U . S . military veteran was being laid to rest .
Members of the community stood in silence and reverence as the Army National Guard Honor Guard in full dress uniform slowly made their way with the flag draped casket to the final resting place . A crisp American flag folded 13 times into the time honored tradition of a triangle was presented to Gene Simonds from a grateful nation by an officer in full dress uniform . Coshocton County ’ s own Veteran ’ s Honor Guard respectfully stood watch alongside Patriot Guard riders with American flags and dozens of onlookers from the community . 94 year old World War II decorated veteran Don Jakeway , also a member of the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment , was solemnly alongside Gene Simonds at the cemetery . Jakeway spoke at the funeral service .
“ When they said that they had a positive identification , I had the greatest sense of relief .”
-Gene Simonds
Mark Fortune | Beacon
Pastor Mark Granger said , “ We say goodbye today to Pvt . Appleby . His soul and spirit have been with the Lord for a long time . His bones are going back to the earth .”
Gene Simonds , who is the nephew of Pvt . Appleby , tightly clutched the American flag , and said , “ This is the culmination of a long wait . And for the turnout , it ’ s more than anybody could describe . The citizens here in Coshocton and Columbus and all of the Army , the law enforcement , the firemen , the emergency services , every day since I ’ ve been here I have seen them in action and it ’ s been more than anybody could expect , or believe that could happen .”
“ When they said that they had a positive identification , I had the greatest sense of relief because I ’ ve been asking the Lord for many , many years to manifest where he might be . I had been searching internet sites and looking everywhere so to know that they positively found him was probably one of the greatest days in my life .”
With Pvt . Appleby ’ s final resting place at South Lawn Cemetery in Coshocton next to his mother and young sister , nephew Gene Simonds simply said , “ He ’ s home , he ’ s home .”
Mark Fortune | Beacon
16 THE BEACON www.coshoctonbeacontoday.com June 28, 2017 Missing World War II paratrooper laid to rest By Mark Fortune mark@coshoctoncountybeacon.com COSHOCTON - Birds chirped as the lonely melody of taps drifted over South Lawn Cemetery on a sunny after- noon in Coshocton last Thursday as U. S. Army Private Eugene “Gene” J. Appleby was laid to rest alongside his mother and young sister. Pvt. Appleby was a World War II paratrooper and parachuted in with the 508th Para- chute Infantry Regiment, 82nd airborne paratroopers as part of the ill-fated Operation Market Garden on Sept. 17, 1944. Fellow soldiers reported seeing Pvt. Appleby being shot after landing and he was reported missing to the family, remaining missing in action until 2011. His remains were found on a farm in the Netherlands and following research and verification Pvt. Appleby was positively identified and a nephew, Gene Simonds, in Florida was notified. “We say goodbye today to Pvt. Appleby. His soul and spirit have been with the Lord for a long time. His bones are going back to the earth.” -Pastor Mark Granger South Lawn Cemetery in Coshocton will be the final resting place for Pvt. Appleby. Pastor Mark Granger conducted the service and arrangements were by Miller Funeral Home. The casket containing Pvt. Appleby’s remains was escorted from Columbus to Miller Fu- neral Home in Coshocton last Tuesday with an escort of sheriff’s cruisers, fire trucks, State Highway Patrol, Patriot Guard Riders and others. The people of Coshoc- ton County lined Main Street waving American flags to welcome this hero home at last. Following the very well attended Thursday service, members of the Coshocton County Sheriff’s Office Mark Fortune | Beacon served as pall bearers and a horse drawn caisson from Carriage Limousine Service carried the casket to South Lawn Cemetery. The sharp report of three volleys of sev- en confirmed for all in attendance that a U.S. military veteran was being laid to rest. Members of the community stood in silence and reverence as the Army National Guard Honor Guard in full dress uniform slowly made their way with the flag draped casket to the final resting place. A crisp American flag folded 13 times into the time honored tradition of a triangle was presented to Gene Simonds from a grateful nation by an officer in full dress uni- form. Coshocton County’s own Veteran’s Honor Guard respectfully stood watch alongside Patriot Guard riders with American flags and dozens of onlookers from the community. 94 year old World War II decorated veteran Don Jakeway, also a member of the 508th Parachute In- Mark Fortune | Beacon fantry Regiment, was solemnly alongside Gene Simonds at the cemetery. Jakeway spoke at the funeral service. “When they said that they had a positive identification, I had the greatest sense of relief.” -Gene Simonds Pastor Mark Granger said, “We say goodbye today to Pvt. Appleby. His soul and spirit have been with the Lord for a long time. His bones are going back to the earth.” Gene Simonds, who is the nephew of Pvt. Appleby, tightly clutched the American flag, and said, “This is the culmination of a long wait. And for the turnout, it’s more than anybody could describe. The citizens here in Coshocton and Columbus and all of the Army, the law enforcement, ѡɕѡɝ͕٥̰)ٕ䁑ͥ'eٔɔ$͕ٔѡѥ)ӊéɔѡ剽䁍ձаȁ)ٔѡЁձt+q]ѡͅѡЁѡ䁡ͥѥٔѥ)ѥ$ѡɕѕЁ͕͔ɕ͔'eٔ)ͭѡ1ɐȁ䰁啅́Ѽ)ݡɔЁ$͕ɍѕɹЁͥѕ)ٕݡɔͼѼ܁ѡЁѡͥѥٕ)չ݅́ɽ䁽ѡɕѕЁ́)t)]ѠAиéɕѥЁMѠ1ݸ) ѕ䁥 ͡ѽЁѼ́ѡȁչ)ͥѕȰ܁Ḿͥͅq!é)ét