Apotheker, Francis J. 2/3/1930 - 8/26/2017 Kalamazoo F Francis passed away peacefully at age 87 in his home on Saturday, Aug 26th, 2017. A kind, gentle and generous soul, he was a devoted son and father whose love for his children was all-consuming. Extraordinarily creative, he had a deep appreciation of nature and respect for all life. This along with an earnest desire for peace, harmony and unity is evident in his treasure-trove of artwork. He was born and raised in Kalamazoo, the son of parents John and Anna (Vlietstra) Apotheker, and he remained loyal to his Dutch heritage. He graduated from WMU and lived for years in California until returning to Kalamazoo. He leaves behind his four children, Craig (Rita) Taggett, Jon Taggett, Dale (Gloria) Taggett and Anna Belle Apotheker along with eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He is also survived by brother Wesley (Beverly) Apotheker and sister Anita (Terry) Ten Brink. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Henry Apotheker and sisters Elizabeth Haaksma and Pauline Barney. As a proud veteran of the U.S. Army, his ashes will be interred at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, Michigan. He was sincerely grateful to all of those in his life, and he will be missed.