The funeral service for Lorn Apel of Wadena was held 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the First Missionary Baptist Church in Wadena. Lorn passed away on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at the age of 78 years at Fair Oaks Lodge in Wadena.
Lorn Henry Apel, Sr., was born May 25, 1934, to Otto and Irene (Smith) Apel in Marshall, Minn. He graduated from Onamia High School with the class of 1951. After high school, he entered the U.S. Navy, serving four years as a naval corpsman, until his honorable discharge. He lived in several locations, including California, Chicago, Idaho, Washington and Minnesota.
Lorn married Helen (Smith/Guinn) on Nov. 2, 1963, in Stockton, Calif. He surrendered to preach in 1965 and attended the Missionary Baptist Seminary in Bellflower, Calif., and was ordained into the ministry in 1969. He served as a pastor at First Missionary Baptist Church in Wadena through 1992. Lorn spent several years away from the ministry, but returned to Wadena and has been an important part of the First Missionary Baptist Church since that time.
He has lived in Wadena for over 40 years and has been a familiar face to many. Most recently, he was a greeter at McDonalds in Wadena, where he had a smile for everyone who came through the door. Lorn loved his family and was very proud of his children and grandchildren.
Lorn was preceded in death by his parents, Otto and Irene Apel; brothers, Leslie, Delwood and Terry Apel; daughter-in-law, Libby Apel; and brother-in-law, Rudy Gave.
He is survived by his dedicated wife, Helen Ona (Smith/Guinn) Apel; children, Denise (Julius) Dobozenski, Genise (Tom) McGahn, James Apel, Patricia (Ken) Derby, Rhoda (Eric) Doty and Lorn Apel, Jr; grandchildren, Charity, Stephanie (Jesse) Larson, Melissa (Mike) Cook, Sherrie Stevens, Rebekah Blaske, Sonja Stevens, Micah Apel and Eliza Apel; eight great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Maynard (Eleanor) Apel, Kenny (Marian) Apel and Jerry (Ruth) Apel; sisters, Lorraine Gave, Elaine Neal and Holly Lee; and many nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were with the Schuller Family Funeral Homes in Wadena.