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DeKalb County Indiana Obituary

Orville K. DePew
Contributed by Roselyn (Mills) Wells

Oct. 8, 1951


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.

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