William "Bill" Depew of Arlington Heights Funeral services for William "Bill" Depew will be held at 11 a.m. today, at First Presbyterian Church of Arlington Heights, 302 N. Dunton Ave., Arlington Heights, where he will lie in state from 10:30 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will immediately follow at St. Michael the Archangel Cemetery. Bill Depew was born September 11, 1921, in Madison, Wis., to Marshall and Frances (nee Levenick) Depew. He passed away Friday, December 2, 2005, at his home. Bill was born and raised in Madison, attending Wisconsin High School, where he played center on the football team. During his senior year, they won their conference championship. He went on to the University of Wisconsin, graduating with a BS in electrical engineering. At UW he was in the Reserve Officer Training Corps and received a commission as second Lieutenant upon graduation. He was assigned to the Signal Corps as a radio specialist and was sent to Europe, landing on Omaha Beach thirty days after D Day. He received 5 battle stars while advancing through France, Belgium and Germany. The French he studied in school came in handy during his one and a half years in France and French speaking Belgium, where he had dealings with regard to radio operations and friendships with the local people. After returning to the States, Bill went to work for the Cutler Hammer Company based in Milwaukee, an electrical control equipment manufacturer. He started in the Development and Engineering departments and then transferred to the Sales Department and was assigned to the Chicago Sales Office. Bill Depew is survived by his children, Nancy (James) DePadro, James W. and Catherine Depew; 3 grandchildren, Brian James (Tricia) Depart, Richard Anthony DePadro and William Edward Hart; as well as his sister Jean McKenzie. Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Frances, whom he moved to Arlington Heights with in 1955; and his parents, Marshall Depew and Frances Clarke.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be given to: Hospice of Northeastern Illinois, 410 S. Hager, Barrington, IL 60010. Arrangements were made by Glueckert Funeral Home, Arlington Heights. Funeral information and condolences, 847-253-0168 or www.GlueckertFH.com.
Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald from Dec. 5 to Dec. 6, 2005