George M. Depew

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Depew George M. Depew, a resident of Columbus for the past 35 years, died peacefully at his home Monday afternoon, July 22, 2013 after a five year battle with cancer. He was born November 4, l931, in Detroit, Michigan, to George M. and Esther (Myall) Depew. He served with the Strategic Air Command, United States Air Force, four years flying secret photo missions in the Far East. The camera he used and the plane he flew in are on display at the Air Force Museum in Dayton. He graduated from the University of Illinois in l957 with a degree in journalism. Before beginning work with the Columbus Dispatch in l978, he had worked as a reporter, editor, and photojournalist for various newspapers in other states, including the Albuquerque Journal and the Springfield Illinois newspaper. After almost 19 years, he retired from the Dispatch in l996 as copy editor. His first newspaper at the age of eight was printed in pencil on school paper and gave the local news of Summer Shade, Kentucky, where he was visiting his paternal grandmother. He enjoyed photography and earned awards in Illinois at the beginning of his career for photography and reporting. He also liked travel and camping and in later years became a loyal Buckeye football fan. In spite of having cancer for almost six years, and in spite of being confined to a hospital bed at home for almost ten months, he played Scrabble regularly with siblings. His last entry on July 10th had a comment about the 18 straight days of rain in Columbus. He was married June 15, l958, in Macomb, Illinois, to Dana Pearson who survives him. He is also survived by his daughters, Dixie Depew of Springfield, Ohio; and Laurel Foster and husband, James of Clearwater. Florida; son, John G. Depew and wife, Valerie of Denton, Texas and their children, Dana Rose, George IV, and Charles. Also surviving are his grandson, Jason Scaff of Clearwater and family, Cadea, and Jordan; his granddaughter, Sarah (Scaff) Jones and husband, Christopher, their children, Kylie and Ethan of Woodbridge, Va; his brothers, Donald (Betty) Depew of Michigan, Robert of Dallas; and sister, Anne (Robert) Terrell of New York; several nieces and nephews. He was a member of Beechwold Christian Church, and in the last few years, a member of Worthington Christian Church. Family will receive friends at THE SHAW-DAVIS FUNERAL HOMES CLINTONVILLE CHAPEL, 4341 N High St., Thursday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Funeral service will be Friday 11 a.m. at WORTHINGTON CHRISTIAN CHURCH, 8145 N. High St., Columbus, 43235. A private military service will be held at the National Cemetery at Dayton at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Worthington Christian Church missions, HomeReach Hospice, or the .


Funeral Home
Shaw-Davis Funeral Home - Beechwold-Clintonville Chapel
4341 North High Street Columbus, OH 43214
(614) 262-2600
Funeral Home Details
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on July 24, 2013
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