Joe Allan Apke

June 4, 1930 - November 16, 2019
Joe Allan Apke

Joe Allan Apke, age 89, of Wilmington, passed away on Saturday, November 16, 2019, at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCareCenter.

Joe was born on June 4, 1930 to George and Hannah Apke in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Joe was a faithful member of Winter Park Presbyterian Church. He was an active member of Orient Lodge #395 and served as treasurer for over 30 years. He was a dual member of Montgomery Lodge #94 in Ohio and was a Mason for over 65 Years. Joe was also a member of York Rite #82, National Sojourners #546, Cape Fear Order of the Eastern Star #346, Federal Point Chapter #361 and for Order of the Eastern Star he served several times as Worthy Patron. He was also a member of Wilmington Shrine Club and Sudan Drum and Bugle. He was a member of Scottish Rite, where he obtained his 33rd Degree. He was a proud retired Army veteran who served in the Korean War. He later retired from General Electric as a Draftsman. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend to all who knew him.

Joe is survived by his three children Barbara Apke, Susan Apke and Matthew Apke and wife Rhonda; two grandchildren Joshua Apke and wife Krystal and Brianna Apke; brother Charles Apke; brother in law Bill Clevenger; and various nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife Joan, son Joel and sister Carol Clevenger.

We would like to thank these special individuals who helped care for Joe: Rose Baldwin, Evelyn Kelly, Nina Mone, Jody Schaeffer, Dr. Sawyer, Dr Hobart, Dr Player and his nurse Sue and also his special angels at Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCareCenter: Renee Beccue, Tisha Helms, Nancy Russell, Kitty Cat, Marcelo Nascimento, Shannon Smith, Gayla Varnum, Julie Pacquette, Delayne Godwin NP and Dr Summerlin. Lastly we would like to thank his many close friends and church family for their love and support.

His Visitation will be held from 6:00pm till 8:00pm on Thursday, November 21, 2019, at the Wilmington Funeral Chapel. A Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held at 2:00pm on Friday, November 22, 2019, at Winter Park Presbyterian Church officiated by Rev. Emile Harley and Rev. Aaron Doll. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park with Masonic Rites presented by Freddie Szakasits and a rendering of Military Honors. Pallbearers will be: Jim Turner, Brian Kieb, Dale Kannenberg, Jeff Apke, Mitch Apke, Tim Apke and Steve Apke. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice at 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401 and Winter Park Presbyterian Church at 4501 Wrightsville Avenue, Wilmington, NC 28403.

The family will receive friends at Matt and Rhonda Apke’s home at 7233 Quail Woods Road, Wilmington, NC 28411 after the burial.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S.41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099.

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Burial

Friday, November 22, 2019

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1311 Shipyard Blvd
Wilmington, North Carolina 28412
(910) 799-1686

Visitation

Thursday, November 21, 2019
6:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Wilmington Funeral Chapel - Directions
1535 South 41st Street
Wilmington, NC 28403
910-791-9099

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  • November 18, 2019
    Woody Henderson says:
    My thoughts and prayers be with all the children, he was well like in all his fraternities

  • November 18, 2019
    Rusty Goins pm 319 says:
    I will always hherish the times we had together at the lodges, the drum and bugle trips and events, and the many times he gave me advice with my efforts with the Arab (Wilmington) Shrine club. I will also never forget the time Joe spent as advisor to the girls of the Rainbow in their efforts to rebuild in Wilmington. Wow, as I look back, a tear forms in both eyes as I remember such a dear and true friend and special brother I had in Joe Apke. I can only hope and pray to help and touch a portion of the people in my life, as my dear brother Joe, I'll be there to see you soon ...

  • November 18, 2019
    Erik Gray says:
    I was just beginning my Scottish Rite Masonic journey when I met Joe. We instantly struck up a rapport - he liked to listen to my military stories as much as I liked his. He always had a smile and a handshake for me and every brother. Rest easy, brother. Sending up prayers of comfort for the family and brethren during this time.

  • November 18, 2019
    Wayne and Bernice Carver says:
    We have lost one great Person and Friend in the Passing of Mr. Joe Apke!

  • November 18, 2019
    Wayne and Bernice Carver says:
    We have Lost one Great Friend and Person in the passing of Mr. Joe Apke!!