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Michael "Mitch" Appleby

Dubuque, Iowa

May 15, 2024

Michael "Mitch" Appleby Obituary


Mitch Appleby passed away peacefully in the early morning of May15, 2024, following a long struggle with heart disease.  

A visitation will be held on Monday, May 20 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at the Egelhof Siegert & Casper Funeral Home at 2659 John F. Kennedy Road in Dubuque.  A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, May 21 at 10:00 AM at Christ Church Dubuque in Fountain Park , 2728 Asbury Road, led by Pastor Chip Gatto.  Following the service there will be a luncheon at the church.

Mitch was born on August 12, 1946, in Manchester, Iowa, the son of Donald Appleby and Aleda Ruth (Taylor) Appleby.  In 1989 he was united in marriage to  Leslie Einhorn.  They have three children:  Michael J. Appleby Jr. of Lincoln, Nebraska, Abigail Appleland of Cedar Rapids, and Joshua Appleby of Dubuque.

His three surviving siblings are Bill (Linda) Appleby of Pella, Iowa, Rick (Elaine) Appleby of Loveland, Colorado, and Jim (Mary) Appleby of Newton, Iowa.  He was preceded in death by his older brother David (Helen), and by his previous wife Cynthia, who succumbed to cancer.

Mitch retired in 2017 from Dubuque Stamping where he worked for 17 years as Network Administrator.  Prior to that he spent 9 years in Manchester running his own computer business.  He was also previously employed by Daylight Screen in Warsaw, Indiana and by Sea Nymph boat company in Syracuse, Indiana, working as a draftsman.  In his younger years he was a tour guide at the Grand Canyon, and later worked with the group Wandering Wheels, a Christian outreach group based at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana which sponsored bicycle trips across America for college age students.

Mitch was a committed Christian who centered his life around the gospel of Jesus Christ.  He was a member of Christ Church Dubuque and participated in the worship team for the Sunday morning services, playing string bass.  The church body has been a second family to him.

Mitch enjoyed working with his hands and was skilled at woodworking, building everything from guitars to sailboats.  He was also an avid motorcyclist.  He played a number of musical instruments, including guitar and string bass.  His other hobbies included baking, sewing, and hunting.  Mitch was able to find enjoyment in many aspects of everyday life.   He took particular interest in learning how things are built and manufactured, and was able to repair almost anything, creating his own tools as needed.

Mitch was loved by many and will be dearly missed.

Memorials can be given to Christ Church, 2728 Asbury Road, Dubuque.

The Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Funeral Home and Crematory is entrusted with arrangements.

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Michael "Mitch" Appleby hosted by Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory.


Mitch Appleby passed away peacefully in the early morning of May15, 2024, following a long struggle with heart disease.  

A visitation will be held on Monday, May 20 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at the Egelhof Siegert & Casper Funeral Home at 2659 John F. Kennedy Road in Dubuque.  A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, May 21 at 10:00 AM at Christ Church Dubuque in Fountain Park , 2728 Asbury Road, led by Pastor Chip Gatto.  Following the service there will be a luncheon at the church.

Mitch was born on August 12, 1946, in Manchester, Iowa, the son of Donald Appleby and Aleda Ruth (Taylor) Appleby.  In 1989 he was united in marriage to  Leslie Einhorn.  They have three children:  Michael J. Appleby Jr. of Lincoln, Nebraska, Abigail Appleland of Cedar Rapids, and Joshua Appleby of Dubuque.

His three surviving siblings are Bill (Linda) Appleby of Pella, Iowa, Rick (Elaine) Appleby of Loveland, Colorado, and Jim (Mary) Appleby of Newton, Iowa.  He was preceded in death by his older brother David (Helen), and by his previous wife Cynthia, who succumbed to cancer.

Mitch retired in 2017 from Dubuque Stamping where he worked for 17 years as Network Administrator.  Prior to that he spent 9 years in Manchester running his own computer business.  He was also previously employed by Daylight Screen in Warsaw, Indiana and by Sea Nymph boat company in Syracuse, Indiana, working as a draftsman.  In his younger years he was a tour guide at the Grand Canyon, and later worked with the group Wandering Wheels, a Christian outreach group based at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana which sponsored bicycle trips across America for college age students.

Mitch was a committed Christian who centered his life around the gospel of Jesus Christ.  He was a member of Christ Church Dubuque and participated in the worship team for the Sunday morning services, playing string bass.  The church body has been a second family to him.

Mitch enjoyed working with his hands and was skilled at woodworking, building everything from guitars to sailboats.  He was also an avid motorcyclist.  He played a number of musical instruments, including guitar and string bass.  His other hobbies included baking, sewing, and hunting.  Mitch was able to find enjoyment in many aspects of everyday life.   He took particular interest in learning how things are built and manufactured, and was able to repair almost anything, creating his own tools as needed.

Mitch was loved by many and will be dearly missed.

Memorials can be given to Christ Church, 2728 Asbury Road, Dubuque.

The Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Funeral Home and Crematory is entrusted with arrangements.

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Michael "Mitch" Appleby hosted by Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory.

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