Vernon F. Appell, 76, owned auto repair firm

September 28, 2004

Vernon F. Appell, a Marine Corps veteran and former owner of an Arbutus automotive repair business, died of cancer Friday at Stella Maris Hospice. The Baldwin resident was 76.

Born and raised in Baltimore, Mr. Appell attended the city's old Edison Vocational High School before enlisting in the Marines at age 17. He served at the end of World War II in China and Guam.

In 1950, three weeks after his marriage to the former Evelyn Workman, Mr. Appell was called up for duty during the Korean War, but his unit was not sent into action. He attained the rank of corporal.

Upon his return to the Baltimore area, Mr. Appell held various jobs in trucking, including mechanic and truck superintendent for the old Food Fair Stores grocery chain.

At age 44, Mr. Appell and his brother Robert opened Appell Brothers Automotive Services, which they ran from 1972 to 1979 in Arbutus. After he and his brother sold the business, Mr. Appell worked for Greenspring Dairy and retired in 1991 as a superintendent for transportation, overseeing mechanics and trucks.

His wife said the job fit him well because of his love for automotive work and people. "He was an outgoing person who really liked to be around other people," Mrs. Appell said.

Services were held yesterday at St. Michael Lutheran Church in Perry Hall, where he was a member.

In addition to his wife and brother Robert, of Royal Oak in Talbot County, Mr. Appell is survived by a son, V. Keith Appell of Joppa; a daughter, Karen A. Goodrich of Nottingham in Baltimore County; another brother, Charles Appell of Nottingham; a sister, Margaret Askey of Baltimore; and two grandsons.

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