Robert James “Bob” Deppe, age 83, of Vandalia, passed away at 6:42 p.m. on Friday, January 3, 2014 at the Audrain Medical Center in Mexico, Mo.
Visitation was held on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 from 4-6 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, with a prayer service held at 4 p.m.
Services will be held on January 8, 2014 at 10 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Vandalia. Officiating will be Father Paul Hartley and the Rev. Joel Montgomery.
Music will be provided by church members.
Interment will be in the Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Jim Jones, Steve Deppe, Lorin Lamberson. Jason Deppe, Larry Nation, and Marty Nation. Honorary pallbearers will be Raymond Abington, Beverlia Orf, and Bob Dunn.
Robert James “Bob” Deppe was born on January 27, 1930 in St. Louis, Mo., the son of Clarence E. and Marie (Mulroy) Deppe Sr.
Bob married Delores F. Kisor in Jennings, Mo. on June 18, 1955.
He grew up and has lived most of his life in Vandalia. He attended Vandalia schools and was a part of Vandalia High School class of 1949.
Bob started to work at the Kroger store in Vandalia while he was in school. After high school, he ran the family’s grocery store located near the brick plant until joining the U.S. Navy in 1951. Bob served his country for two years in the Navy and upon his return to Vandalia was the manager at J & M Market from 1953 until 1961.
He went back to work at the Kroger store in town and worked there for over 30 years, retiring in 1993. Bob was a faithful member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and was a life member of Vandalia VFW Post 2173. He enjoyed spending time with his family, riding his scooter around town and visiting with friends in the coffee shops. Bob and Delores enjoyed their Branson vacations and different bus tours.
Survivors include his wife Delores, of Vandalia; two sons, Jim and wife Becky Deppe, and Gary Deppe, all of Vandalia; one grandson, Jason Deppe, of Tecumseh, Neb.; nieces and nephew.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son Michael in 1975; two brothers, Clarence Deppe Jr. and Eddie Deppe.
Memorials are encouraged to Michael Deppe Memorial Scholarship Fund in care of First State Community Bank in Vandalia.