Willis Andrew Applebee, 96, North Haverhill, N.H., died Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, at the Grafton County Nursing Home.
He was born in Haverhill, N.H., Jan. 4, 1918, a son of George W. and Gertrude (Clement) Applebee. Following graduation from Haverhill Academy, Willis served with the U. S. Navy during World War II. He married Esther E. Watson on April 25, 1938.
Willis worked for First National for 19 years, Lincoln Paper Mill, H.P. Cummings Construction for 19 years, and retired from Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. He was the last surviving charter member of Haverhill VFW Post # 5245 and Ross-Wood American Legion Post # 20 in Woodsville. Willis loved working in the woods, gardening, fishing, hanging out with family and friends, and watching wrestling and a good baseball game. He also enjoyed playing cribbage, poker, board games, horseshoes, and in his younger years dancing.
He was predeceased by his wife of 49 years, Esther E. Applebee on Nov. 20, 1987; a daughter, Esther V. Tyler on Dec. 14, 2001; three sisters, Emily G. Cross, Katherine P. Pickard, and Eleanor Priolo; and two brothers, George E. Applebee and Arthur Gay.
Survivors include one son, Willie G. Applebee and wife Joanne K. of North Haverhill; a daughter, Linda E. Carle and husband Charles of North Haverhill; nine grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
There will be no calling hours.
A funeral service will be on Thursday, Feb. 27, at 2 p.m. at Ricker Funeral Home, 1 Birch St., Woodsville, N.H.