Dan Robert Appelt, age 52

Written by Brust Funeral Home on June 11th, 2012

Dan Robert Appelt, 52, died suddenly and unexpectantly on June 7th, 2012, in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, with family and friends by his side.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 13 from 3 to 8 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard.
Funeral Service will be held Thursday, June 14 at 1:00 PM at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 527 North Main Street, Lombard.
Private Interment for the immediate family will be held Friday, June 15 at Evergreen Cemetery, Algoma, Wisconsin.

Dan was born on December 15, 1959, in Oak Park, Illinois, the third of James and Mary (Holstein) Appelt’s four sons.

Dan was a dedicated Wisconsin Badger and Chicago Blackhawk fan, train enthusiast, and symphony orchestra patron. He had a love of four-wheeling in his Jeep through mud or snow, camping with family in all conditions, skeet shooting with the guys, was skilled on the ice and enjoyed time on his parent’s farm in Door County, Wisconsin. Dan had a large presence with a strong stature, always up for a spirited debate yet he was known for his grand bear hugs and his huge heart.

Dan graduated from Oak Park River Forest High School in 1978. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison earning a Bachelors degree in Soil Science. He began his environmental career as a Resource Conservationist at McHenry County Soil and Water Conservation District. His expertise served him well at Safety-Kleen Corporation where he worked for nearly 23 years in the field of environmental compliance with his most recent position as Director of Environmental Health and Safety Process Facility Compliance.

He leaves here on earth many family members and dear friends including: daughter, Elizabeth; parents, James and Mary; brothers Paul (Katherine), David and Thomas; loving and devoted partner of over 11 years, Pat Bartodziej, her children, Olivia and Jena, and extended family.


14 Comments so far ↓

  1. Mark Hansen says:

    Please accept my sympathy for Dan’s passing. He was a friend and colleague at Safety-Kleen. He and I would frequently IM each other with irreverent coments during long conference calls. Dan’s sense of humor supported us both on many occasions. We would get together often for meetings in Elgin at his office. One of my best memories was of a Thursday afternoon. We had been working together on a committee all week when Dan suggested we knock off early and take the train into Chicago. He led us on a walking tour of the City and then took us all out to dinner that night. We had such a great time – I’ll never forget it.

  2. Maria Tibbles says:

    To the Family and Freidns of Dan Applett,

    I did not know Dan, but remember him from High School.My condolences on your sudden loss, 52 is way to young. May the wonderful memories of times shared fill your heart for ever.

  3. Liane Hetherington-Ward says:

    Dan and I sat in neighboring cubicles during the mid-90’s at Safety-Kleen. He was witty and fun to talk to over the cube wall. For more than a decade we’ve kept in touch through the daily Jeopardy questions that he moderated for a widely scattered group. My deepest condolences to his family and friends. He will be sorely missed.

  4. Tom Riley says:

    My sympathies to Dan’s family and friends. We went to OPRF together but more familiar memories are running into Dan and having some real fun while we were in school at UW Madison. God bless Dan and his family.

  5. v. thompson says:

    May the family of Dan Appelt find comfort in your loving memories, and in knowing that God is “near to those are broken at heart; and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.” (Psalm 34;18) While grief at the loss of Dan is great, joy at welcoming him back in the resurrection will be greater. (Mark 5;42) With deepest sympathy,

  6. Julie Schmitz says:

    My sincere sympathy to all of Dan’s family and friends. Dan and I worked together at Safety-Kleen’s corporate offices when they were located in Elgin, during the 1990’s. I thought the world of him. He was such an asset to our EHS department, always able to solve whatever computer problems I was having with competence and willingness. I am so sorry for your loss. May your memories of a wonderful man bring you comfort during this difficult time.

  7. Ken Snell says:

    My deepest sympathies go out to Pat and her children, Elizabeth, Dan’s parents and his brothers. Dan was a great friend of mine a number of years ago when we both worked at Safety-Kleen. He was insightful, witty, generous, kind, and had a wonderful sense of humor. I never laughed so hard as I laughed with Dan. He was truly a great friend and great person. My thoughts and prayers go out to all who had Dan in their lives, your lives were richer for his friendship and love. Dan truly was one of the very best.

  8. Rhonda and Clem Acitelli says:

    Dan will always be remembered by Clem and I as a wonderful person. We worked with him at Safety-Kleen both on Randall Road and off of Route 20. Pat – my deepest sympathy for you and your daughters as well as his family. I just saw Dan about three weeks ago at lunch time shopping at Jewel on Larkin Avenue in Elgin. I had asked him if you two were married yet, and he said not yet and had a big smile. He adored you Pat! Your in our thoughts and prayers!

  9. Brenda Booth & Family says:

    Our deepest sympanthy for Dan’s family, his daughter and Patti’s Family. Dan touched so many lives and will be missed by anyone who knew him. He will live in our hearts forever.

  10. gail basch says:

    Last week, my ten year old asked me to explain the concept of a school reunion. As children will do, she also threw in a few more questions including one about homeroom. I found myself talking with her about my friend Dan Appelt. I have not seen Dan since our days at OPRFHS – but I have thought of him often. Dan and I sat next to each other in Ms. Zielke’s homeroom class. Ours was a disorganized homeroom, a frantic classroom dominated by disorderly contact. Through the din, Dan’s calm, quiet, steady, and caring presence anchored our room. I looked forward to Dan’s genuine and kind smile, his red flannel shirt, his blue jeans, and his kind hello. He was a boy who actually said “Hello” and carried on a conversation. I always found myself looking forward to a talk with Dan.
    Fond memories are precious ones, and Dan is often amongst them.
    My daughter will have her first homeroom next year. Wouldn’t she be lucky if she sat next to a boy just like Dan Appelt…
    Deepest Sympathies, gail basch

  11. David DeSha says:

    To Dan’s family, Pat and the girls: I traveled with Dan quite a few times and spent many after hours with him having dinner and chating about work, but mostly about life. He spoke fondly of all. We talked recently about the girls and their success at school and other endeavors. He was indeed a proud father of a daughter he loved dearly. He took pride in Pat’s daughters as well to the extent one would think he thought of them as his own. He told me stories of adventures with his brothers and friends. He gave me advice on purchasing a clay thrower. Dan shared with me his father’s career at Siemens. We both enjoyed trains and mass transit. He shared with me his family life growing-up with a wonderful mother. Most of all it was clear that Dan loved Pat. We will all miss Dan.

  12. Kent Folgers says:

    Went to school w/ Dan at Washington and OPRFHS. We always danced w/ the Petrella twins in the square dancing at Washington. He was a good friend back then. Condolences to his family. The world is a lesser place without Dan’s presence.

  13. Katherine215 says:

    I am so very, very sad to hear this. I “internet-knew” Dan through his affiliation with the Second City Hockey blog, and over the years, he had become one of my favorite commenters and someone I would consider a friend. His humor, hockey knowledge, and love of all things Blackhawks and Badgers will be missed deeply. He spoke so highly of his wife and daughters; my heartfelt condolences to them. He will be missed very much.

  14. Tim Waychoff says:

    I am following Katherine215’s lead to an extent.

    I too only knew Dan through his affiliation with the Second City Hockey blog.

    I cannot imagine the pain of this loss to family and friends. I never met the man, but he touched my life in ways that many people would never think were possible through “merely an internet acquaintance.” Those of you that knew him in life though… I am sure that you understand. My deepest condolences to the family and friends of the man that until today I simply knew as “Badgerdano.” His warmth and genuineness as a human being were unmistakeable online, and his presence there will be missed tremendously. Though I never met him in person, I have heard so many stories that clearly defined the love that he held in his heart for so many people, principally his daughters and his wife. I know that you know this, but he was so incredibly in love with and proud of you all. I will truly miss his presence in my life.

    My prayers today are with Dan, and his loved ones. May you find peace in some small way, strength to cope, the Lord’s blessings in all that you do and Dan’s presence still in all of the little ways that each of you shared with him.

    I am truly sorry for your loss.

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