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DeVere Appleyard, 98 - November 12, 2014

DeVere Oliver Appleyard, 98, of Gothenburg passed away Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014.
Memorial services were conducted on Saturday, Nov. 15, at Stone Hearth Estates of Gothenburg. Interment took place at Wilmette, IL.
Appleyard was born the first of three children to Charles and Marie Appleyard on July 21, 1916, on a farm at Center Point, south of Stockville.
He attended elementary school at the Center Point School and high school at McCook, later graduating from the Agricultural High School in Curtis. His love of art and music was evidenced at an early age when his family noticed his exceptional gift of drawing, according to family members.
Appleyard was drafted into the Army Air Force in 1942 where he served as a staff artist for three years. Following his discharge in 1945, he utilized his GI Bill to attend the Art Institute of Chicago for three years, studying commercial art design.
He was employed as a free-lance artist designing ads for corporations such as Wonder Bread, Turtle Wax, McDonald’s, Prudential and 7-Up. He was also selected by publishing companies to illustrate several children’s books used in public schools across the nation, and was often commissioned to paint portraits and large art pieces for professional offices in Chicago. He rented a studio in the Prudential Building of Chicago where he enjoyed a bird’s eye view of the city until his retirement at the age of 72.
?Appleyard married Bettie Tolliver, an elementary teacher from Chicago, in 1953. Together, the couple formed a life filled with good books, concerts, plays and travel abroad. With no children of their own, they heaped love on all their nieces and nephews, family members said.
He and his wife attended the First Congregational Church at Wilmette, IL, where they are interred.
Appleyard was a loving, generous and thoughtful man of integrity, the family said. He taught others to appreciate “the finer things in life,” and shared pieces of his art with family and friends.
He was preceded in death by: his wife, Bettie; his parents, Charles and Marie; siblings—Genevieve Hamilton of Gothenburg and Lyle Appleyard of Denver, CO.
Survivors include: his cousins of McCook, Kearney, Lincoln and Denver; 13 nieces and nephews who reside in Nebraska, Colorado, Illinois, Missouri, Minnesota, California, Indiana and Maryland.
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