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Obituary: Charles ‘Charlie’ Depew Jr., Whiteland

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Charles ‘Charlie’ Depew Jr.

Charles “Charlie” Depew Jr. passed away Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. He was a resident of Whiteland.

He was born on June 25, 1947, in Manchester, Ky., to Charlie and Ethel (Wagers) Depew.

He married Betty Lou (Ruth) Depew on July 11, 1969. She lovingly survives in Whiteland.

Other survivors include two daughters, Melissa Ann Depew and Heather (Shane) Fields, both of Whiteland. Also surviving are two grandchildren, Austin William Charles Fields and Alexa Grace Fields, both of Whiteland; and siblings, Emmalene Gibson, Walter Depew and Vernon Depew, all of Manchester, Ky., and Ballard Depew of Illinois.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Carl Depew.

He attended school in Manchester, Ky.

Charlie was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Vietnam War. He received three Purple Hearts and one Bronze Star while proudly serving his country. Due to his injuries suffered during the war, Charlie was medically discharged after many years of service with the military.

He then began a second career, working for Grimmer-Schmidt in Franklin for more than 30 years. He retired in 2003.

He was a member of the Church of the Bible in Franklin. He also was a member of the American Legion and Disabled American Veterans. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially attending his grandchildren’s sporting and school activities.

The Revs. Richard McKnight and George Davidson will conduct a service at 1 p.m. Friday at Flinn & Maguire Funeral Home, 2898 N. Morton St. (U.S. 31 North) in Franklin. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Burial will be at Greenlawn Cemetery in Franklin, where military rites will be conducted.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202.

Online condolences may be made at www.flinnmaguire.net.

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