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James DePrato

DePrato, James Marcus Of Richardson, Texas born January 13, 1925 and died June 29, 2013 after eighty-eight years of a bold, loving, and faithful life. Jim, also known as Dee, Daddy, Papa, and Papasita lived a life dedicated to his family, his church, and his country. He served his country during World War II receiving a Purple Heart among other honors. He fought in then Battle of the Bulge and his memories of his time in the service led to a life long dedication to doing everything in his power to support our troops. After returning from the war, Jim attended and graduated from Southern Methodist University where he was a brother of Pi Kappa Alpha. He entered the work force as an IRS Agent and later began a second career as a Farmer's Insurance Agent. While his career was his livelihood, his life was his family. He met the lovely, young Dimple Warthan in the fall of 1950 and they were married before a year had passed. Together they had two daughters, Lisa and Jill, to whom they provided a loving and supportive home. Anyone who knew Jim knew him as a man of great faith. He attributed all of his success to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and emulated Him in all aspects of his life. Always a philanthropist, Jim was quick to extend a helping hand to anyone in need, whether it be in his efforts to provide Thanksgiving dinner to area families who could not afford to buy their own meals, accounting help to recently widowed women, or in his support of local organizations serving veterans and funding medical research. But Jim DePrato's life was and is much more than this chronology of his accomplishments. Jim was a smart businessman, a loving father, a dedicated worshiper, an avid Cowboys fan, a lover of food (particularly EI Fenix), an epic grandfather, a soldier, a fisherman, a handyman, a comedian, a hero to many, a friend to all, and in the simple, but undeniably true words of his wife, "a good man." He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Dimple; his daughters, Lisa and her husband Ray, Jill and her husband Jim and their three children, Lizzie, Johnny, and Jimmy, and sister-in-law, Maxine Milks as well as other extended family. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, July 2 at 2:30 p.m. at Restland Funeral Home of Dallas. In lieu of flowers, the family would love for you to honor Jim's memory with a donation to (www.cancer.org) or to The Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org).

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Restland Funeral Home
13005 Greenville Avenue Dallas, TX 75243
(972) 238-7111

Published in Dallas Morning News on July 2, 2013
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