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John David Depew Sr. Obituary
John (Jack) David Depew, Sr., 89 John (Jack) David Depew, Sr., 89, a resident of Prospect Park, Pa. for 83 years, passed away early Monday, May 27, 2014, at his home. He will be remembered as a loving husband and father who gave of his time to support his family, community, and church. Born in Philadelphia to the late George Elmer Depew and Matty Smith Depew, he spent most of his life in Prospect Park where he attended Prospect Park High School before enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps to fight in World War II. He was a survivor of the Battle of Iwo Jima where a head wound earned him a Purple Heart. After the war he worked at John Wanamaker's before going to work at the Westinghouse Corporation. In 1952 he married the woman he would love and share his life with for over 61 years, Jean Marie Preston of Prospect Park. Jack served on the Prospect Park Borough Council and then the Borough's Zoning Board for close to 30 years. He was a volunteer at the Prospect Park Fire Company for 75 years and was honored with a Life Membership in recognition of his service. Jack was a member of Olivet Presbyterian Church for 80 years and served as an Elder and then a Deacon. He was also active with the local Boy Scouts. Always active in the community, he was a member and Past President of the Prospect Park 4th of July Committee, Prospect Park High School Alumni Association, the Westinghouse Square Club, and the National 5th Marine Division Association. Recognized for his community service, he was named "Citizen of the Year" by the Prospect Park 4th of July Committee. Survivors: His loving wife, Jean; his daughter, Karen (Steve); his son, David (Diane); his grandson, Michael; his sister, Jane; and his brother, Ed. Memorial Service: Will be held on Thursday, June 12th, at 11 a.m. at Olivet Presbyterian Church, 1001 Washington Avenue, in Prospect Park, Pa. 19076. Visitation: Will be on Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the church. Burial: Will be private at Washington Crossing National Cemetery in Newtown, Pa. Contributions: Made in Jack's memory to Olivet Presbyterian Church at the above address or to Taylor Hospice, P.O. Box 147, Ridley Park, Pa. 19078, would be appreciated. Condolences: May be sent online to www.griffithfuneralchapel.com Arrangements: Are by the Griffith Funeral Chapel in Norwood, Pa.
Published in The Daily Times on June 6, 2014
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