PIQUA — Roy Henry DePriest died July 9, 2014, at Piqua Manor Nursing Home from complications of Parkinson's disease and chronic leukemia. He was born in Osborn (nka Fairborn) on Nov. 17, 1930, the fourth son and fifth child of six children born to the late Hobart and Bata Fields DePriest. He married Marilyn Horwedel on Jan. 30, 1965, at Immaculate Conception Church in Dayton and she survives.
Also surviving are two daughters, Nicole Kelbick (Matt) of Dublin and Christine Fortenberry (Jason) of Alpharetta, Ga.; son, Tony DePriest of West Chester; five grandchildren, Ryan, Michael and Connor Kelbick and Isabella and Jacob Fortenberry; four nieces, Carol (Bob) Hoy, Bunny Joseph, Dianna DePriest and Nyla Boone Sink; three nephews, David DePriest, Steve Boone and Larry Boone; and one sister-in-law, Marsha DePriest.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by twin infant daughters, Stephanie Ann and Michele Marie DePriest; three brothers, Charles Hobart, George Wesley and Raymond James DePriest (infant); two sisters, Margaret DePriest Joseph and Gloria DePriest Boone; two nephews, Curtis (Curt) Joseph and Kevin Boone; one brother-in-law, George Curtis Joseph and one sister-in-law, Ann Lofino DePriest.
Roy graduated from Bath High School in Osborn on May 27, 1948. After graduation, he was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict attaining the rank of corporal while serving in Pusan, Korea after which he received a Commendation Ribbon with Metal Pendant for meritorious service. Upon his return, he entered The Ohio State University where he was inducted into the William McKinley Chapter of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity on April 5, 1956, received his bachelor of arts degree on Aug. 31, 1956, and his bachelor of laws degree on June 13, 1958. After engaging in private practice in Greene County for a short time, he became an assistant trust officer for Winters National Bank (nka Fifth Third Bank) in Dayton and was promoted to trust officer before leaving to become vice president of the trust department of Piqua National Bank (nka Fifth Third Bank) in 1969. Upon retiring after 20 years, he became a sole practitioner for another 20 years specializing in trusts and estates closing his office in 2010.
He was an avid golfer, was past president of the Piqua Country Club, enjoyed playing golf with the Golden Boys and was its "CFO" for many years until he was no longer able to "play the game." In addition, he was a member of the Border City Club where he enjoyed the camaraderie of all those involved and was an active participant in many community organizations over the years including the YMCA, YWCA, United Way, St. Boniface Foundation and Lehman High School where he was instrumental in the distribution of the Seidel Scholarship. He maintained a close relationship with many of his high school classmates and truly enjoyed "The Breakfast Club" the first Tuesday of every month in Enon.
A celebration of life will be conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 15, at Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home with Chaplain Edward Ellis officiating. Burial will follow at Glen Haven Memorial Park, Donnelsville where full military honors will be provided by the Veterans Elite Tribute Squad. His family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lehman Catholic High School Foundation, 2400 St. Mary's Ave., Sidney, OH 45365, Piqua Education Foundation, 719 E. Ash St., Piqua, OH 45356, Hospice of Miami County Inc., P.O. Box 502, Troy, OH 45373 or ones favorite charity. Guestbook condolences and expressions of sympathy, to be provided to the family, may be expressed through jamiesonandyannucci.com.