Paul DePoy, 1928-2017

Paul Edward DePoy, 88, passed away peacefully Tuesday, September 5, 2017.

Paul was born September 7, 1928, in St. Joseph County, Indiana, to George and Laura Lucille (Hooten) DePoy.

Paul was a driver his entire life, beginning his career as a truck driver for Scholl Dairy after graduating from high school in 1947. He spent 37 years driving for B&P Motor Express. He was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Three Oaks, Michigan, graduated from Rolling Prairie High School in 1947, and was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in the Korean War peacekeeping force in Germany. Paul was also a member of Rolling Prairie Lions Club, Rolling Prairie AMVETS Post 911, Meals on Wheels, and Kankakee Township Volunteer Fire Department, with over 50 years of service.

On February 20, 1954, in LaPorte, Indiana, Paul married Mary Lou Miller, who preceded him in death on March 26, 2000.  On June 25, 2003, in Three Oaks, Michigan, he married Geraldine (Ellenwine) Mrozinski DePoy, who survives.

Besides his wife, Geraldine, he leaves behind two daughters, Jan (John) Thode of LaPorte and Karen (Doug) Edison of South Bend, Indiana; four grandchildren, Renee (Shane Coursel) Thode, Ryan Thode, Laura Edison and Andrew Edison; three stepsons, Larry (Deb) Mrozinski of Kouts, Indiana, Tom (Rita) Mrozinski of Rolling Prairie, and John (Lori) Mrozinski of New Carlisle, Indiana; one stepsister, Mary Hildebrand Jones of South Bend; three great-grandchildren; 11 step-grandchildren, 11 step-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife; three sisters, Mary Anne DePoy, Margaret DePoy Conrad and Ruth DePoy Kelley; three brothers, James, Richard and Donald DePoy; and one stepson, Mark Mrozinski.

Visitation will be 3-7 p.m. Thursday, September 7, with a Kankakee Township Firefighter Service will be held at 6 p.m. and a vigil service at 6:30 p.m., at Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, LaPorte. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, September 8, at the funeral home. Burial will immediately follow in Patton Cemetery, LaPorte.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Rolling Prairie Lions Club, PO Box 576, Rolling Prairie, IN 46371; Rolling Prairie AmVets Post 911, PO Box 273, Rolling Prairie, IN 46371; or Kankakee Township Volunteer Fire Department, 3 W. Michigan St., Rolling Prairie, IN 46371.

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5 Responses to “Paul DePoy, 1928-2017”

  1. Diane McClement

    Sep 05. 2017

    Dear Jan and family – I am so sorry to hear of your fathers passing. Just the short time I had spent with him and your mom left a lasting impression on my life. Such great people. Please accept my deepest sympathy – may God hold you in His loving arms during this very difficult time. Praying for the entire family. Sending my love Jan.

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  2. Grace

    Sep 06. 2017

    I am so sorry Gerry. I grew up and always remember him from school.
    My prayers are with you.

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  3. Amy Huber

    Sep 07. 2017

    So sorry to hear about the loss of Paul. You are in my prayers.

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  4. Renee Ritchie Gazarkiewicz

    Sep 19. 2017

    Dear Jan & Family,

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. My most sincere condolences to all of you.


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  5. Margaret Cummins

    Sep 26. 2017

    Jan, I am sorry to hear about your dad. I can still remember listening to the stories that he and my dad (Hoop) would tell when they were together. He was a wonderful man and a great friend to my dad.
    May he rest in peace. You and your family are in my prayers.

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