Mr. Fred W. Apsey, Jr., Galesburg Chapel

98, of Galesburg, Illinois died at 12:10 p.m. Friday, April 21, 2017 at the Knox County Nursing Home, Knoxville, Illinois.
He was born July 4, 1918, in Galesburg, the son of Fred W. and Maude (Kortge) Apsey Sr. He married Dorothea Hall in 1941 in Galesburg. She preceded him in death March 9, 1993. He later married Yvonne Walters in 1994 in Phoenix, Arizona.
In addition to his first wife, he was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Fred W. “Bill” Apsey III.
He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Yvonne; a son, Stephen H. (Sharon) Apsey of Galesburg; a daughter, Diane (Robert) Apsey Kappus of Prospect Heights, Illinois; a daughter-in-law, Sue Apsey of White Bear Lake, Minnesota; grandchildren, Michelle (Matt) Beck, Shannon (Tom) Teichmiller, Sean (Julie) Apsey, Damon (Chanel) Apsey, Bonny (Rockford) Stites, Courtney (Mike) Robinson, and Whitney (Petros) Kaimakis. Fred was a proud great grandfather of seven.
Fred graduated from Galesburg High School in 1936. He attended Knox College and went on to Purdue University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering in 1941. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1941. After attending Aircraft Engineering School, he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant. He was stationed in Natal, Brazil in Jan 1943. This was the location of one of the largest airfields during World War II, and location of all air routes to England, Africa, India, and China, and South Atlantic, where he became Chief Engineer Fourth Es Maintenance. He supervised construction of nine roof only hangars and was Project Engineer on B-29’s ferried to India and China. He was discharged in June of 1945 with the rank of Captain.
Fred worked as an estimator for Galesburg Construction Company before joining the Air Force. After his military service, he was employed as a structural engineer and project manager with John Scribbins, Architect. In January 1947, he returned to Galesburg Construction Company as president until retiring in 1975.
Fred participated in numerous professional and local activities. In Galesburg, he was a member of First Presbyterian Church, had served as director of the Chamber of Commerce for four terms, was a member of the Economic Development Committee for 16 years, a member and director at Soangetaha Country Club, and a member of the Airport Committee to finance the airport relocation and construction without the use of tax funds. He was also the chairman of the Knox County Board of Review.
One of his major achievements in retirement was to help see that Charles Ellis, one of his professors at Purdue University, received the recognition he deserved as the actual and unrecognized Designing Engineer of the Golden Gate Bridge. It was a long and frustrating process, but due to his and John van der Zee’s and others perseverance, a ceremony on March 25, 2012 at the Bridge, honored Charles Ellis’s role in the Bridge’s design. A plaque commemorates this man’s achievement after almost 75 years.
Cremation will be accorded. Visitation will be noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, May, 27, 2017 at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel. Memorial service will follow at 1 p.m. with Rev. Jim Ecklund officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Galesburg Rescue Mission, American Diabetes Association, or Knoxville Presbyterian Church.

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5 Guestbook Entries to “Mr. Fred W. Apsey, Jr., Galesburg Chapel”

  1. To the Apsey family – So very sorry to hear of the loss of Fred. He was one of my Dad’s best friends and such a wonderful friend to our family! So many great times with Fred & Dode – Ray and Barb – out to picnic point – or over for a swim at your pool. He was a kind,gentle man, who loved life and always had a great joke for us kids. He is fondly remembered in the Anderson Family.
    All our love

    Peter Anderson – Larry Anderson & Joe Anderson

  2. Were first connected with the Apsey family when Fred Jr was in
    World War 2 in South America. Family were big St. Louis Cardinal
    fans. Saw Stan Musial play at WRigley field just before WW 2 ended.
    The senior Apseys took me in when my parents were of town.

  3. Sorry for the loss, learned a lot from him when in high school.

  4. To all the Apsey family – I’m so sorry for your loss. I have so many fond memories of our families and growing up in our neighborhood and the Apsey family was a big part of that. I know Fred and Dode were dear friends of my parents and wonderful people.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you,
    Diane Inman

  5. Yvonne,

    Please accept my condolences. I enjoyed meeting you & Fred at KCNH. Fred and I could visit about the Cubs.

    Take Care Yvonne.

    Kay Haynes

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