Bill Depew Athletic Trainer Bill Depew, 89, of Visalia passed away Saturday, October 12, 2013. Bill was born April 18, 1924 in Lindsay, CA to Clyde and Dema Depew. The second of 5 boys, Bill attended Lindsay area schools where he discovered his love for sports and participated in basketball and football. In 1942 he was drafted into the Army Tank Corp. From basic in Ft. Knox, Kentucky he went to Africa as a tank driver in the North African Campaign. After being wounded and earning his first Purple Heart he was sent to Italy to recuperate. Bill was then reassigned to the 3rd Army Infantry Division and participated in the beach landing at Anzio, Italy in January 1944. Along with the 3rd Army, Bill marched through Italy and France to the German and Belgium borders where he was wounded for the second time earning him his 2nd Purple Heart with an Oak Leaf Cluster and a trip home. After many stays in Veterans Hospitals he came back to Lindsay where he married and had his son Scoff. With a divorce, several career and location changes Bill once again settled in Lindsay where in 1960 he married Cuba Smith. In 1962 Bill was hired at C.O.S. as the pool eminence man. From custodial work he became the athletic departments Trainer in the late 60's. Being the trainer at COS was a job that Bill would love until his retirement in 1986. He spoke often of all of the exceptional people he'd met during his time at the college and always enjoyed visiting with former players and coaches reminiscing about their time at COS. After retirement Bill and Cuba enjoyed DIY projects around the house and traveling. Being a life long sports fan Bill continued to go to as many games as he could plus watching his much loved Nascar on TV. On October 5th Bill was able to attend a family reunion with all of his brothers and their wives. Plus many of his nieces, nephews and even some cousins made the trip to Visalia to visit with him. Bill is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Cuba, and his oldest brother Jack. He is survived by his daughter Dory Ann and his granddaughter Sarah PowelL Son Scott and his son Jeff. Great granddaughters Lily. Jasmine and Daisy. Brothers Doug (Joyce), Clarence(Willow), DaIe(Jo). Plus many much loved nieces and nephews. Bill's family would like to say a special thank you to all of his friends that took the time to visit with him these past few years. He enjoyed your visits more than you'll ever know. We'd also like to give a special thanks to the Nursing, office, and housekeeping staff at Westgate Gardens. They went above and beyond to make Bill's time with them the best that it could be. Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Friday, October 18, 2013, at Lindsay District Cemetery. Condolences may be e-mailed to email@example.com
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Published in Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Adv-Register on Oct. 16, 2013