DeKalb County Indiana Obituary
Orville K. DePew
Contributed by Roselyn (Mills) Wells
Oct. 8, 1951
ORVILLE K. DEPEW DIES AT AGE OF 48
Prominent Garrett Dry Cleaner Suffered Cerebral Hemorrhage after Returning
from Football Game.
The death of Orville K. DePew, 48,
prominent Garrett business man, took place Friday at 10:45 p.m. after an
illness of only 20 minutes. The cause was a cerebral hemorrhage.
Mr. DePew resided at 601 East Keyser Street. He
had not been ill and seemed to be in his usual good health when he attended
the football game at the Garrett High School field Friday evening.
The field is only a short distance from the DePew home. After he returned
home, he and Mrs. DePew were sitting in their living room and he was telling
her about the game when he complained of not feeling well. He took
some baking soda and then lay down on the davenport. He said he felt
worse and asked his wife to call a doctor. Mrs. DePew summoned Dr.
F. B. Kantzer, who lives across the street from the DePew home. Mr.
DePew went into convulsions and his wife then telephoned to Dr. R. P. Reynolds,
who lives next door to the DePew home. Mr. DePew expired soon after
Dr. Reynolds’ arrival.
Mr. DePew was the owner of DePew’s Dry Cleaners on West
King Street in Garrett and of a branch office on West Ninth Street in Auburn.
He also had agencies in other towns in Northeastern Indiana.
A native of Garrett. Mr. DePew was a son of the late
Mr. And Mrs. Carey DePew and he was born Dec. 3, 1902. He was
graduated from Garrett High School in 1921 and then was a member of the Garrett
Clipper staff until 1925 when he opened a clothes pressing and tailoring
business in the J. S. Patterson building at 102 West King Street in
Garrett in 1928. He doubled the size of the plant the next year and made
additions to the building and equipment in 1929, 1937, 1941, 1946 and 1948.
The facilities added in 1943 included a fur storage room.
President of the Garrett Chamber of Commerce for the
year 1950 and was re-elected for 1951. He also was a member of the
Garrett Lions club and the B. P. O. Elks.
Mr. DePew and Mary Rose Weaver of Garrett were married
Sept. 17, 1929 and they became the parents of five children. They are
Sharon 19, a member of the junior class of St. Mary’s of Notre Dame, South
Bend: Daniel 15, William 12, Christina 9 and Allen 6. Other survivors,
are a brother, William DePew, and a sister, Miss Treva DePew of Garrett.
The body was taken to the McKee funeral home in Garrett
and will be returned to the residence at 7:30 tonight, where it will remain
until after the services which will be held at the residence at 2 o’clock
Monday afternoon. E. Lacy Satterfield, pastor of the Garrett Church
of Christ. Will officiate. Burial will be in Union Cemetery,
northwest of Garrett.