Arthur Louis Depner
Arthur Louis Depner, age 99, entered into Eternal Glory on Feb. 8, 2021.
Art was born in Lewistown, MT on Dec. 20, 1921, to Martin and Katherine (Gerber) Depner. Art graduated from Billings High School in 1939. He enlisted in the Air Force at age 19, proudly serving with the 17th Bomber Group during World War II. Several men from his group were part of the Doolittle Raid, as depicted in '30 Seconds Over Tokyo', Art's favorite war movie.
After the war he worked at his father's business, New Method Shoe Repair CO in Billings. Eventually Art took over the business and changed the name to Depner Shoe Repair. The shop became a Billings landmark. He knew all his customers by name. He knew their kids and the sports they played. He supplied ice skates for the city of Billings and made sure the blades were kept sharp.
In 1948 Art met Elizabeth Schwehr at The St. Patrick's Young Adult Group. They were married in 1949, and together raised 9 children. They were long time members of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Billings before moving to Spokane, WA in 2005 to be closer to family. Throughout his life, Art maintained a quick wit and wonderful sense of humor and laughed a lot. Art was a fighter and never gave up, overcoming Covid-19 when he was 98. He always made the best of every situation no matter what life threw at him, with never a complaint.
He is survived by his children James, Dan (Roberta), Jerry (Christine), Steve, Greg, Joe, Chuck and Mary (Rob) Johnson, along with 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings, Earl, Ed and Patricia Gomm and many nieces and nephews.
Art was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 65 years, Elizabeth, and his daughter, Cheryl Koch, as well as two daughters-in-law, Joanie and Tish. He was also preceded in death by his parents and siblings Gladys (infant), Arnold, Helen Nordlund, Sister Mary Depner, SCL and Rita Leader. Art trusted in his Lord and Savior throughout his life and is now enjoying his reward, resting in the arms of Jesus.
A small graveside service will be held in Spokane at the Washington State Veteran's Cemetery. A Celebration of Life will be held in Billings at a later time this spring or summer, TBA.
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