Isaac Walter Appel

Posted 7/3/24

Isaac Walter Appel, age 37, passed away unexpectedly from an unknown medical event on June 27, 2024, at Community Memorial Hospital Avera in Redfield, SD, surrounded by his loving family.

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Isaac Walter Appel


   Isaac Walter Appel, age 37, passed away unexpectedly from an unknown medical event on June 27, 2024, at Community Memorial Hospital Avera in Redfield, SD, surrounded by his loving family.

   Isaac is survived by his loving wife, Courtney, and kids Jadie, Tucker, Caleb, and AlleRae; father and mother, Mark and Virginia “Gini” Appel of Redfield, SD; siblings Isaiah of Redding, CA, Israel of Fort Worth, TX and Hannah Keziah of Ellendale, ND. Maternal grandmother, Eleanor Harle of Redfield, SD. In-laws Pat and Sheri Zens of Redfield, SD; brother-in-law, Ryan (Lisa) Zens and kids of Sioux Falls, SD, sister-in-law, Mindy (Josh) Hartman and kids of Mitchell, SD, sister-in-law, Megan (Greg) Rhodes and kids of Redfield, SD; as well as many, many other loving family members.

   Isaac was born on February 13, 1987, in Redfield, SD, a son to Mark and Virginia “Gini” (Harle) Appel. He was homeschooled through the 9th grade and then attended Sunshine Bible Academy from grades 10 to 12. Throughout his years in school he wrestled, played football, and ran track.

   He then moved on to Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, and Trinity Bible College in Ellendale, ND where he played college football.

   At the age of 7, Isaac started his working career alongside his dad and two brothers with Orchard Roofing. Following in his Grandpa Roger’s boxing footsteps, Isaac learned of his love for MMA fighting. He fought for several years and continued to stay dedicated to the sport after retiring. Those who watched Isaac fight remember him for his sportsmanship, as well as prayers with opponents before and after each match. In 2012, Isaac enlisted in the US Navy, and was a proud American. Isaac also completed mission trips to build homes in Mexico and Honduras then also went to New Orleans after the flooding to help with clean up.

   From there he worked construction for Don Hofer, and picked up many life skills. Isaac found his true passion as a sheriff's deputy under Kevin Schurch while serving his community. Isaac’s most recent occupation was at Redfield Energy, earning the respect and friendship of other employees. He was proud to be a part of the billionth gallon of ethanol produced. Through his many careers, he also enjoyed his time in the choir.

   In June of 2017, Isaac officially asked the love of his life, Courtney, to be his girlfriend while she was on a trip to Florida with her mom and sisters. After bribing his father-in-law with cheesecake and Diet Coke, Courtney and Isaac were united in marriage on October 13, 2018. With this unity, Isaac took on the role of “dad” to 4 wonderful children. While Isaac gained 4 kids, Courtney and the kids gained a whole new outlook on life, including the Appel funny farm. The Appel funny farm included Cruiser the emu, Mr. Pickles the goat, tarantulas (much to Courtney’s dismay) that were secretly shipped and hidden upon their arrival, tortoises, ducks, guineas, quail, chickens, dozens of cats, and several dogs against Courtney’s wishes. One of which Israel helped smuggle in, and another that just randomly showed up at the door (thank you Chris haha). Isaac’s love for animals began when he was chased by dogs while delivering newspapers.

   Of all the things we will be grateful that Isaac brought, his constant jokes and pranks, tender heart towards everyone, adventurous and adrenaline-chasing nature, and love for the outdoors will be missed. One of Isaac‘s greatest joys was his yearly man trips, where he always lived up to the fullest, and on the edge, literally and figuratively.

   Isaac is happily greeted into Heaven by his grandparents, Roger and Barbara Appel, grandpa Donald Harle, uncle Delmar Love and cousin Benjamin Jorgenson.

   Issac will have a private funeral service at Hyke Funeral Home in Redfield, with military honors. 

   There will be a public visitation from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2, 2024.  Isaac’s family will be present from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. to accept condolences.  After the visitation and the private funeral service, Isaac will be cremated.  Hyke Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.   (