Maurice Applen, 70, formerly of Harmony
Wednesday, June 04, 2014 5:07 AM
Maurice "Morey" Applen, 70, of Rochester, died Tuesday, May 27, at Mayo Clinic Hospital-Rochester, St. Mary's Campus.
Maurice Benjamin Applen was born May 2, 1944, in Harmony to Ole and Ethel Viola (Wold) Applen.
He graduated from Harmony High School in 1965.
On Feb. 20, 1971, he married Mary Swanson at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Rochester. They lived in Rochester for four years and then moved to the family farm in Harmony. In 1979 they moved to Elgin and then in 2009 move to their present home in Rochester.
He worked for Trachsel Dental Lab in Rochester, retiring in 2013 after 40 years of employment.
He was a longtime musician and played with The Buzz Hackman Band, Jim and the Country Lads, Beaver's Gang, Summer Winde, Country Cousins and Nite Lites.
He and his wife loved to travel. They camped throughout the United States and traveled to Mexico, Hawaii, Caribbean Islands, Alaska, Africa, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Turkey, Egypt and Greece.
He is survived by his wife, Mary of Rochester; sons, James (Kea) of Rochester and Joel (Jessica) of Pine Island; grandchildren, Rachel, Allison, Katelyn and Tyler and two brothers, Robert of Burnsville and Dennis of Harmony.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Jason Robert and one brother, Allan.
The funeral service was held Monday, June 2, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church between Plainview and Elgin with the Rev. Dick Rehfeldt officiating. Burial followed at the Elgin Cemetery.