Carl Randall ‘Randy’ Appel, 70, baseball fan who visited 25 Major League ballparks

Carl Randall 'Randy' Appel
Carl Randall ‘Randy’ Appel

Carl Randall “Randy” Appel, 70, passed away Thursday, April 18, 2019, at his home in Virginia Beach.

Born March 29, 1949, in Baltimore, Maryland, he spent the latter 20 years of his life in Virginia, where he met his wife, Christina, in 2010. He was preceded in death by his sister, Susan Miller; and parents, Robert and Lola Appel.

He was a graduate of Muhlenberg College and of the University of Baltimore School of Law. A jack of all trades and master of many, his C.V. is too long to list, but among his professional titles were milkman, attorney, geography teacher, men’s fine clothing salesman, popcorn machine salesman, partner in a tax service franchise, baseball coach, and director of Permitting Services at Architectural Graphics Inc.

Over the past nine years, he and Christina saw games at 25 of the 30 baseball stadiums in the U.S. He hoped to be buried behind home plate in Nationals Park, but unfortunately that plan hit a snag. He loved golf and was an avid reader. He enjoyed his coffee at room temperature. He did his crossword puzzles with an ink pen. His knowledge of U.S. presidential history was enviable. His culinary skills were self-taught. He wasn’t very fond of music, however he would often be heard humming or whistling. He was a world traveler. He enjoyed being home.

He is survived by his wife, Christina Appel, who he adored; sister, Linda Bruce; brother, Scott Appel; two daughters, Erin Appel and Jessica Smith; two sons, Ben and Bret Appel; sons-in-law, Travis Martz, Michael Smith and Drew Leaser; grandsons, Beckett, Sawyer and Bowen Martz and Neo Smith; and several nieces and nephews.

A service of celebration will be held at noon, Tuesday, April 23, at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, 1264 N. Great Neck Road, Virginia Beach. Interment will follow the service in Princess Anne Memorial Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society through the Randy Appel Memorial Fund.

Share online condolences with the family at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home & Crematory.

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