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Applegate, Thomas Marvin, age 82 passed away October 31, 2018. He was born in Spiceland, IN on June 22, 1936 to the late Kenneth and Dorothy Applegate. Tom was a 1954 graduate of Spiceland High School, attended Earlham School of Religion and earned his Bachelor’s degree from Earlham College, Richmond, IN in 1959 and in 1975 earned his master’s degree from the University of Dayton. Tom married his wife Carolyn on June 14, 1957 at the New Castle Friends meeting. He served as pastor for the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). He served as pastor for Economy, IN Friends meeting (1958-1961), Sabina, OH Friends Meeting (1961-1967), and Wilmington Yearly Meeting Team Ministry Experiment in Clinton County, OH (1967-1969). Tom taught school at Adams Township (1961-1963) and at East Clinton Schools (1963-1967). He taught and coached basketball at Dayton City Schools (1969-1997), he taught at Grace A. Greene Elementary, MacFarlane Middle, and Fairport Intermediate Schools. He also taught at Dayton Dunbar High School (1987-1997) and served as head basketball coach (1991-1997). Tom was also a published author, writing an autobiographical book, Living a Dream with Coach Gate, in 2004. The book was an account of his life experiences and focused on his passionate love for the sport of basketball and his realization of his lifelong dream of coaching and connecting with young people through basketball. As a member of the Dayton Friends Meeting for the past 27 years, Tom showed his deep love for this community by serving on various committees and other capacities as discerned by the meeting. This included, at times, representing the meeting at events in the wider Dayton community as well as the Ohio Valley Yearly Meeting. Tom was a member of the Lions Club in Economy IN (1959-1961) and in Sabina, OH from (1962-1967). He was Chairman of the Sabina, OH Ministerial Association (1963-1965) and a social worker in the first Head Start Program in Sabina, OH. He was chairman of the Wilmington Yearly Meeting Camping Committee (1965-1967) and was a camp director at Quaker Knoll Church Camp in 1968. He was chairman of Wilmington Yearly Meeting Ministry and Council (1967-1969). More recently he had volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, the Dayton Dialogue on Race Relations, and St. Vincent DePaul homeless shelter in Dayton, OH. Along with his parents he was also preceded in death by his sister Patricia Andrews and foster son Craig Reeder. Tom is survived by his wife, Carolyn Groves Applegate, son Thomas Scott (Krisann) Applegate, daughter Teresa S. (Al) Scarpelli, son Trent Applegate, daughter-in-law Kate Reeder, grandchildren Julie and Lisa Scarpelli and Thomas A. and Steven T. Applegate, his sister Priscilla Duttenhaver, his brother David (Sheila) Applegate, brothers-in-law Merlin (Evelyn) Groves, Marvin (Margaret) Groves and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Tom passed away after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in January. The family would like to express much appreciation to Hospice of Dayton, OH for their compassionate service to Tom and his family. Visitation and a memorial service will take place under the care of Dayton Friends Meeting at Grace United Methodist Church, 1001 Harvard Blvd (intersection of Harvard Blvd. and Salem Ave.) on Saturday, November 10, 2018. Visitation will begin at 11:00 a.m. The memorial service will be un-programmed silent worship in the manner of Friends and will take place from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m. There will be a simple meal following the service. In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be made to one of these organizations: Paul Laurence Dunbar Alumni Association (academic/athletic scholarship), The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, or Dayton Friends Meeting.
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Coach Applegate will always be remembered for the extra time to get a student on the right track. He always did with me. Thanks Coach!
Perry D Morris Nov 11 2018 12:00 AM
My thoughts and prayers for the Family....My favorite Coach
Malcolm Bobo Nov 11 2018 12:00 AM
I worked with him at several schools. He was always there for the kids. Great example of care and concern.
Laura Lewis Nov 11 2018 12:00 AM
Going to miss you being in the world. Such a kind soul
Tasha Millerton Nov 10 2018 12:00 AM
Mr. Applegate was such a nice, calm, and sweet teacher. He was my 9th grade English teacher at Dunbar during the 1990-1991 school year. I remember meeting Mrs. Applegate when she and Mr. Applegate were chaperones for a field trip and she was just as kind. May God bless the family.
Chiara Brown Thompson Nov 10 2018 12:00 AM
Holding Tom, family and extended family in the Light! God rest his Soul with Jesus! Prayer for peace and comfort in your heart as you grieve the loss of Tom. His Spirit will live on through all of us as a legacy of his life!
Ms.. Lynda Ream Nov 9 2018 12:00 AM
Prayers to your family, so sorry for your loss.
Lynn Woodard Nov 7 2018 12:00 AM
Dear Carolyn and Family. Dean and I are so saddened of the news of Rev. Applegate's passing. 54 years ago he married Dean and I (JoAnn Briggs) at our church in Sabina. He was a wonderful, compassionate and caring man of God. He made a very important impression on our lives. Carolyn you and Tom were such a very special couple and your children were so precious. My Mom and Dad (Helen and Wendell Briggs) thought so much of you both also. We were so blessed to have your Family at our Church. Tom touched so many lives, he certainly did ours. He will be so missed by those that had the priviledge of knowing and loving him. The years fly by so quickly and I have often wondered about your family. I know God has his arms around you all at this very difficult time. We send our Love, Thoughts and Prayers. His warm and kind smile and soft spoken words will always have a special place in our Hearts. May God Bless you all.
Dean and JoAnn (Briggs) Snow Nov 7 2018 12:00 AM
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this most difficult time.
James and Mary Lou Hunt Nov 6 2018 12:00 AM
Sorry to hear of Toms passing. I thought a lot of him. May he rest in peace. GOD bless the family
Harry Tillis Nov 6 2018 12:00 AM