Three Indiana relations die of coronavirus in the identical week
Pastor Jim Applegate was the first to die of the virus in this family on December 20th. The 54-year-old has been a pastor at Westview Christian Church in Campbellsburg, Indiana for 21 years.
“My father taught me to be strong and to put my trust in Jesus, and I do,” said Westview Christian Church youth minister and Pastor Jim Applegate’s son Nicholas Applegate.
The virus killed the pastor’s mother, Pat Applegate, twelve hours after he died. On Christmas Eve, the pastor’s 59-year-old sister, Mary Jane Applegate, died of the virus.
“What keeps me going is hope and hope in Jesus because I know where they are,” said Nicholas Applegate. “In the first few weeks of December, our congregation had seen many cases of COVID, especially here in our church family, and in my family alone, COVID has passed through our entire family.”
Nicholas’ uncle is currently battling the virus but is expected to be fine. Nicholas once said he and some of his family members tested positive.
“The only thing I did wrong is that I lost my taste and that was it,” said Nicholas Applegate. “This virus is so tricky.”
When his father ended up in the hospital, Nicholas said he knew he wasn’t going to come home.
“He had double pneumonia in both lungs, my father’s kidneys eventually shut down and it cost my father his life,” he said. “My father was so well known in this ward … Members of the Church told me that ‘your father was there for my child at every birth, at every funeral where we had a death in the family,’ father was always there. “
Though unable to attend in person, Nicholas said thousands signed up online for his father’s final farewell service. When we spoke to him, he wanted to bury his 82-year-old grandmother.
After losing three family members, Nicholas wanted to share this message in order to raise awareness
“This virus is serious and there was a time when I didn’t think it was and is,” he said. “It’s very serious and people have to take precautions and just be safe. They have to try to listen to what the doctors say and what the professionals want us to do.”