Harold Apol, 88, of Sunnyside was promoted to glory on Monday, Dec. 20, 2010.

Harold was born Dec. 26, 1922, in Cutlerville, Mich. to JJ and Mary Polderman Apol.

He graduated from Cutlerville Christian High School and took classes at Haney Business School in Grand Rapids, Mich.

In 1943, Harold moved to Seattle, where he became an accountant for Boeing. While moving back to Michigan after the end of WWII, he stopped at a family friend's house in Sunnyside and stayed on there to work at Grandview Grape Growers, Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District and for various individuals as an accountant. He then opened his accounting, insurance and real estate business and worked there until the end of his life.

Harold met Lucille Bos in Sunnyside and they married on Aug. 18, 1948, at Sunnyside Christian Reformed Church. They made their home in Sunnyside and raised four children.

Besides his work, Harold enjoyed Salmon fishing at Sekiu and Ilwaco, with his children and extended family. Football season was a highlight of his year, especially when Joe Montana was playing!

Harold and Lucille also loved to travel, especially with friends and family.

Harold is survived by Lucille; his four children, Carroll (Delaney) Apol, Mark (Beth) Apol, Raleigh (Chris) Apol and Rachel (Steve) Stratton; nine grandchildren, Joy, Kyle, Jeff, Laura, Cheri, Christopher, Melanie, Markie and Ben; 11 great-grandchildren,: Grace, Jack, Jonah, Kaison, Isaiah, Landon, Cole, Jake, Addison, Ashton, Cohen and one not yet born; his brother, Isaac (Alice) Apol of Grand Rapids, Mich.; and sisters-in-law, Dorothy Apol, Celia Apol, Chris Apol and Gracine Apol, all of Michigan; and his right-hand handyman, John Nichols.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents; and four brothers, John, Marvin, Alfred and Jay.

Viewing and visitation will be held Monday, Dec. 27, 2010, from 1 to 8 p.m., at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Graveside services will be held Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010, at 10 a.m., at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside. Memorial services will be held Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010, at 11 a.m., at Sunnyside Christian Reformed Church in Sunnyside.

Those wishing to honor his memory may contribute to the Sunnyside Christian School Foundation or Union Gospel Mission.

Those wishing to share their memories or sign Harold's on-line memorial book may do so at

Smith Funeral Home LTD and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.


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