Linda Sue Appleby, 72, of O'Neill died, surrounded by her family on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, SD.

Memorial visitation was held on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020 at Biglin's Mortuary with a prayer service. Social distancing and masks were enforced.

Private family services were held at Word of Life Christian Center in O'Neill. The service was live streamed on the church's website and can be viewed at

Burial was in the O'Neill Cemetery in O'Neill.

Memorials may be made to the family for future designation.

Linda was born on Jan. 21,1948, to Barton and Maude (Keller) Walton at home in Neligh. She grew up and attended school in O’Neill and graduated in 1966. 

She was united in marriage to Leroy Napier and to this union three children were born. 

On July 31, 1984 she married Dick Appleby in Las Vegas, NV and from this marriage Linda gained a daughter and son.

Linda worked at Two Rivers Steakhouse and was the head checker at Torpin’s Rodeo Market for 42 years. Linda could be found working evenings at the Legion Club and in more recent years cleaning several homes in O’Neill. 

She enjoyed hosting various parties including Tupperware, Home Interior and Pampered Chef to name a few. 

Linda was very competitive when it came to cards, dominoes, bag toss or any other game.

When it came to fundraisers, family dinners, holiday events etc., Linda was the go-to person to organize, host, cook, decorate or pitch-in wherever needed. 

Activities she enjoyed were Relay for Life, camping, cooking, crafts, games and dancing. Linda loved shopping and she could ‘shop till she dropped.’ But most of all, she enjoyed her family and friends and especially enjoyed visits from her children and grandchildren. Her door was always open for anyone to stop for coffee or a meal and she welcomed everyone with open arms and a smile.

She was a member of and baptized in the First Christian Church in O'Neill.

Linda will be greatly missed by her family and everyone who knew her. 

Linda is survived by her husband of 36 years Dick Appleby of O’Neill; five children Todd (Jody) Napier of O’Neill, Tammy (Jeff) Cahoy of Tabor, SD, Chad (Karen) Napier of Ewing, Doug (Sheryl) Appleby of Mission, KS and Lorie (Ken) Buchholz of Bonner Springs, KS; 15 grandchildren Tyler, Tiffany, Chris, Zach, Cody, Kayla, Logan, Levi, Brendan, Connor, Parker, Ethan, Katelyn, Hunter and Morgan; three great-grandchildren Presley, Alex and Ellie;  one sister Connie (Leonard ‘Snooks’) Peterson of O’Neill; one brother Willard (Francie) Walton of Norfolk; five sisters-in-law Bonnie Walton and Linda Walton, both of O’Neill, Jan Walton of Clearwater, LaVonne Appleby of O’Neill andDoris Nissen of Council Bluffs, Iowa; one brother-in-law Neil Nemec of O’Neill; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents Barton and Maud Walton; parents-in-laws Harry and Eunice Appleby; five brothers Donald Walton, Richard Walton, Ronald Walton, Larry Walton and Lester Walton; and four sisters Fern Seger, Neva Cullen, Rose Frerichs and Nancy Nemec; and two infant siblings.   


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