Norman Clarke Applegate, Jr.
Norman “Clarke” Applegate, Jr., 98, of Holland Township, NJ, passed away on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at Spring Hills at Somerset in Franklin Township, NJ.
Born September 11, 1923 in Trenton, NJ, Clarke grew up in Riegelsville, PA and then moved to Holland Township, NJ, where he lived most of his life. He attended Lehigh University until his sophomore year and enlisted in the infantry, completing his education after his term in service in 1947 with a degree in Civil Engineering. Because his ROTC term hadn't been completed he enlisted as a private and worked his way through the ranks, eventually entering officer candidate school and was promoted to second lieutenant, captain in the reserves. As a veteran of World War II, Clarke served in the Philippines and during the occupation of Japan. Clarke worked as a Civil Engineer and owned Applegate Engineering, working for ten years, prior to his retirement. Before that, he worked at the Riegel Paper Corp. in Milford, NJ for fifty years. Clarke was a member of the Military Engineers Association and was a longtime “Friend of Bill”. Throughout the years, Clarke helped many people and was loved by mostly everyone who met him.
Son of the late Norman Clarke Applegate, Sr. and Phoebe (Hill) Applegate, Clarke is survived by his son Stephen Clarke Applegate and his wife Paula of Quakertown, PA, his two grandchildren Kristopher and his wife Janice, and Amanda. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Katherine Applegate in 2012.
A Celebration of Clarke’s life, with military honors, will be held on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at 10 AM at the Frenchtown Presbyterian Church, 20 4th Street, Frenchtown, NJ, with Pastor Will Myers officiating. Interment will be held privately at the Riegelsville Union Cemetery in Riegelsville, PA. Arrangements are under the care of Johnson-Walton Funeral Home, 24 Church Road, Milford, NJ 08848.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Macular Degeneration Foundation, PO Box 515, Northampton, MA 01061.