Navy veteran William Applegate, age 63, drove into the light on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, in Sonora, California. Bill was born in Berea, Ohio, on Aug. 9, 1954, to a family of four brothers and one sister.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Colleen Applegate; his five loving children, Rachael, Brandon, Kathryne, Brian and Molly; as well as three adoring grandchildren, Dylan, Jakob and Izzi.

Bill’s life’s work was teaching, inspiring and befriending the neglected and less fortunate. He is a beloved husband, brother, dad, grandpa, papa, mentor and friend. We will miss him dearly and cherish him always. The memories and love he gave us all will stay alive in each of us, part of us. In lieu of flowers, local donations to Vets Helping Vets, in his name, would be appreciated.

A celebration of life will be held at 4 p.m. Jan. 6 at the Sonora Opera Hall.