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Charles Leslie Appleby

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Posted: Friday, January 17, 2014 9:20 am

Long -time-Coronado resident, Charles Leslie Appleby (Myke) died December 20, 2013, at his home on Adella Lane.

Myke was born in Denming, NM, and came to Coronado during the 2nd World War, with several members of his family. He found work at the Naval Air Rework Facility, North Island.

Some years later,he went on a blind date with a North Island friend, Paul Stevens. He married the blind date, Catherine Roberts, at the First Methodist Church in San Diego. They soon made their home on D Avenue in Coronado, and became active in St. Paul’s United Methodist Church nearby.

Eventually, he started Dixie Drilling, drilling wells, especially for steam, at sites all over the west. He developed acreage in southern Utah.

Appleby enjoyed traveling. He explored Tibet, drove into Czechoslovakia during the Dubcek “Czech Spring,” across Europe from Anglesy in Wales to Berlin, Madrid to Stockholm.

He and Cathie bought a large historic, colonial style home on Adella Lane, and spent many happy years entertaining and remodeling.

Cathie died in 2006.

Myke is survived by a sister-in-law, Lee Dixon, of La Mesa, a niece, Cynthia (Cindy) Albert of Jamul, and her family, a niece, Mary Whitley of Culver City, and a brother-in- law, Ken Smith, of New Jersey.

No services are planned.