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Truly Applegate

March 14, 1947 — September 16, 2022

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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Monday, September 19, 2022

6:00 - 8:00 pm

Adams Funeral Home of Ozark

504 W Walnut St, Ozark, MO 65721

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