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James Edward Depew

August 2, 1938November 9, 2020
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James E. Depew, age 82 from Kokomo, Indiana, died peacefully at home on Monday, November 9, 2020. He was born the son of the late Mr. Jessie Paul Depew and Mrs. Sarah [Sheehan] Depew on August 2, 1938 in Kingsport, Tennessee. He married Juanita Jean [Spurgeon], his wife of over 61 years, who survives him. Jim grew up in Kingsport, Tennessee. He joined the Navy in 1954 where he served overseas, including in Germany. He returned to Kingsport where he worked at Monroe in Bristol and met Juanita. They married on November 3, 1959. Jim got a job at General Motors in 1966, and they moved the family to Kokomo, Indiana. He retired from Delco in 1998. Jim grew up in the Baptist church. He was dearly loved by his family and many friends. He enjoyed camping with the family as it grew. After retiring, he and Juanita liked to travel. They spent the winters in Florida where they enjoyed the outdoors with friends, and their grandkids would visit during spring break. More recently he enjoyed playing and watching golf, and spending time with family at gatherings. He is survived by his wife; his children, Ricky Keith of Kokomo, Sarah Gail Pattison (Kevin) of Elwood, and Ronald James (Kim) of Liberty Township, Ohio; grandchildren Ronald DePew of Monroe, Ohio, Jackie DePew of Monroe, Ohio, Tiffiney Mcdade of Hennessey, OK, Thomas DePew (Monica) of Liberty Township, Ohio, Kammie Ross (Matthew) of Monroe, Ohio, Breanna Pattison (Drake) of Kokomo, and Brayton Pattison (Joyce) of Lafayette; great-grandchildren Cameron, Kelsey, Dylan, Alivia, Bentley, Brooklyn, Evelyn, Levi, Savanah, Charley, Averie, and another soon to be born; sisters Sue Poore, Peggy Milhorne, Connie Fish, Brenda Depew, Cathy Smith, Patsy Scott; numerous nieces and nephews, and grandnieces and grandnephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Jack, Bobby, Guy, Buddy, and Billy, and sisters, Beulah and Mary Belle.

Visitation will take place on Friday, November 13, 2020 at Ellers Mortuary, Webster Street from 12:00 pm until the start of funeral services at 2:00 pm. A graveside service will follow at Albright Cemetery. Memorial Contributions may be made to Guardian Angel Hospice of Kokomo, Indiana.

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Patsy Scott

November 11, 2020

My Dear Juanita and Family, my prayers, love, and thoughts are with you . May God give you comfort and keep you close at this time. Know you will have hard days a head, but trust in our lord. May he comfort you with the memories of your happy times you spent together. With the pictures you sent I know you had lots of these times. Jimmy was so dear to my heart, he was always so kind and good to Mom and can’t remember a time I saw him anger. He always had a smile for everyone. I will miss him at the family reunions, it will never be the same without our Sweet Brothers and Sisters. But we will have a family reunion when we all meet in Heaven. Know that I love each of you and will keep you in my prayers. Psalm 91: 4. He will cover you with his feathers and under his wings you will find refuge!!

Connie Fish

November 11, 2020

Juanita and families, We loved our brother, Jim, down here in Tennessee. We had a bond with him, even though y’all lived so far away! I’m so glad you always tried to come home for the DEPEW reunions every year. Jim dearly loved them! Please continue to come to them and stay in touch. Our prayers are with you all even though we can’t be there right now. May God give you strength, peace, and comfort in the days ahead. So thankful we got to come up last week to see him one last time! We will see him again! Love you all so much! Connie and David

Megan Janes

November 10, 2020

Uncle Jimmy will be missed dearly. I used to love when you guys stays at our house when you came down for the reunions. It meant special breakfasts and dinners 😆 and tons of powered donuts.

Gina Stewart

November 10, 2020

I will miss you, uncle Jimmy. I am glad I got to see you the last time you came to Kingsport. You told me then that was the last time you was going to make the trip. I was hoping that wasn’t going to be true. I will always remember how you loved your cigarettes and your coffee. RIP till we meet again

Debbie Wilson

November 10, 2020

Rest in peace Uncle Jimmy. You are a wonderful man and left a wonderful legacy!! So thankful you are no longer in pain and you are with your other family members who met you when you arrived in heaven. May God be with your family and comfort them in the days ahead. I love you and will miss your sweet smiling face at our family reunions!!

Pam Depew

November 10, 2020

Jaunita and family,
Each one of you are so special. Taking excellent care of one another
Jimmy was a family man and enjoyed all activities with his family
We all have many good memories of being together
May you find the comfort and strength to endure the loss of someone who was dearly loved by all Take good care of each other
We love you all.
Pam Depew. Paul Depew Danny. Depew
Megan and Michael Janes



Jessica Poore

November 10, 2020

I'll always remember my Uncle Jimmy as my "Jimmy Buffett" uncle but looked like Elvis...he wore Hawaiian shirts, had a cool little place in Florida and lived in a place called Kokomo where it is cold in the winter. For the longest time I always thought the Beach Boys song was written just for him. He always had a smile on his face and shined with a positive, laid back attitude. Forever and always when I see powdered donuts, I think of him. Although he will be missed on earth, I know he is rejoicing with his family in heaven ❤

Kim Morton

November 10, 2020

I only saw Uncle Jimmy at reunions, but he was always a very kind man who loved his family dearly. He is the last of the Depew brothers to pass and will be very much missed. I know his sister Beulah (my grandmother) adored him and always looked forward to his visits. May God comfort his family and know all kinds of prayers are being offered up from your East TN cousins <3

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