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Adams Funeral Home of Ozark
Monday September 19th, 2022
6:00pm - 8:00pm

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Truly Applegate

David Richard Truly Applegate, age 75, of Springfield, died Friday, September 16, 2022.  He was born March 14, 1947 in Okemah, Oklahoma, the son of James Henry “Hobo” and Opal Alene (Jackson) Applegate. 


Truly was a graduate of Chadwick High School.  He attended School of the Ozarks, receiving a masters degree.  Throughout the years he continued to further his education in several colleges, including Drury and MSU. 


On February 21, 1969 he and Judy Eilene Thompson were married.  Truly started his working career as a teacher and assistant principal for Ozark.  He then worked for Springfield and Greene County in law enforcement.  Well known in the police department and court system, Truly retired after 40 years of service.           


A Christian, he was saved at a young age.  He was a member of Sparta Masonic Lodge #298 AF & AM. Truly was a 32nd degree mason in the Scottish Rite, and member of York Rite in Springfield.


Survivors include:  His wife, Judy; two children and their spouses, Leana and Paul Shearer, Nixa, and Graham and Ashley Applegate, Los Alamos, New Mexico; grandchildren Landry Applegate, Dustin Shearer, Eli Applegate, Brody Applegate, Garrett and Gavyn Daily; a great-grandchild, Ozzy Wayne Snider; his sister Nona Atkinson; nieces and nephews.


Truly was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Frosty Applegate, and infant brother Phillip Paige Applegate.


Visitation and viewing will be 6:00 – 8:00 PM Monday, September 19 in Adams Funeral Home, Ozark.  Rev. Dale Roller will provide a message at 7:45.


Memorial contributions may be made to Rescue One.

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Judy I am so sorry for your loss and I know how great this is. But I also know we have a Heavenly Father that carries us during this time. We grew up much the same way. Brother Hobo and sister Opal were Jewels and they produced more with Truly, Frosty and Nona. I just heard of Truly's passing and I know he will be missed by many because he touched so many lives. When dad was pastor at Bruner Baptist, Truly and you would be there early on in your marriage and how beautifully you all would sing with Ira Maggard and Homer Howard. You may not remember me but I am Susie Lafferty-Sisco. I am the widow of Randy Sisco so I do personally know the heartbreak you have. I see Nona from time to time but have not been able to get out much so this is probably why I had not heard until now of Truly's home going. You and your family are in my prayers for comfort and peace that only God can give. Again,I am so sorry for you, your children and grandchildren. And I am also sorry I am just now hearing of your loss. Had I learned of this earlier I definitely would have reached out sooner. There is coming a great reunion for us all that we have our loving Jesus to thank and praise Him for. This is not goodbye to Truly. This is see you later. He is safe with Jesus now and has finished his race. No more pain or loss for him. No more sickness or sad farewells. I am looking forward to the day God calls all His children home to spend with Him, Jesus and our loved ones that have gone on before us. May God Bless You all and know I am praying like so many others for God's comfort and peace to walk with you in the days ahead.

Susie Lafferty-Sisco Sep 29 2022 5:02 AM

My prayers are with your family. I enjoyed growing up with truly he was several years older than me but I love this Dad and Mom knowing your family as I was growing up your kids so special my husband Ronnie Daniels went to school with truly and always remember him. My heart goes out to you and your family during this time may God bless your family and keep you slow shine around you Melanie Daniels. JT and Malinda Williams daughter my mother later married Elmer Daniels.

Melanie Williams Daniels Sep 20 2022 8:37 AM

I worked around Truly for years at the Prosecutors Office many years ago. What a lovely man he was, always a smile on his face, a kind word for all and such a great sense of humor!! He would walk in the room with that smile and make everyone around him smile! He will be very missed!! My condolences to his wife and family.

Kara Waterman Sep 19 2022 12:01 PM

Sometimes our hearts get bruised and wounded along life’s path; we go through rocky patches. I tried to find the right words to express just how sorry I am for your loss. Words just don’t seem like enough. The beautiful moments he shared with people will always speak of the great person that he was. Love touches us in ways like nothing else can. I think back when all of us were kids and wonder where all that time has gone; yet Time can never fade the memories I have of him as we grew up. My life was blessed through both of you in friendship, singing, smiles, and laughter. My heartfelt sympathies go out to you in this difficult time. May God Bless you and all the family.

Linda (Daniels) Newberry Sep 19 2022 11:07 AM

From the time I started practicing law until his retirement, I always recall seeing Truly with a smile on his face and a kind word. He was a Class Act and will be greatly missed.

Deanna K. Scott Sep 19 2022 9:08 AM

What a lovely human Truly was, kind and generous to all (even those of us on the “other” side). I am so very sorry to learn of his passing.

Stacie Calhoun Bilyeu Sep 19 2022 7:30 AM

I had the privilege of having Mr. Applegate as my biology teacher at Ozark I can still remember things that I learned in his class He was more that a great teacher . he was a great friend. I will never forget him. many fond memories. He was a true gentleman and a hell of a man. Ozark High School 1972. RIP

Fred Hedgpeth Sep 18 2022 8:30 PM

My sympathy to family members. Mr. Applegate was one of my high school teachers and an outstanding one. I still remember things I learned in his classes.

Linda Myers Sep 18 2022 7:52 PM

Truly Applegate was my Biology teacher in high school. His enthusiasm and dedication for teaching and our learning was evident daily. As a result I took Advanced Biology. I am grateful I did. Mr. Applegate took our class to his farm so we could see and learn taxonomy of plants and animals present on his farm. Fond memories of his "Trulyisms" are present in what I share with my family. May his memory bring comfort to all.

Kathy Hayworth Sep 18 2022 7:05 PM

I did not have the pleasure of having Truly as a teacher at Ozark but would liked to have, He was respected and from what I saw a fun teacher. I remember once I was in the hall walking past his classroom and he had his hands on his science table and his body was straight out, not touching anything else. I also saw him one day at a clothing store that was having a sale, in Springfield . I went up and hugged his neck and the other gentleman working security with him asked 'what is it with all of these young ladies coming and hugging your neck?" Truly grinned and said "when you got it, you got it!" Those are some of the things that made Truly a great guy, he was a respected teacher and a friend to all that knew him.

Katrina Green Sep 18 2022 6:51 PM

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