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Wilbur "Bill" Depauw

December 10, 1927 — April 8, 2013


 Newark--Wilbur “Bill” A. DePauw, 85, died Monday (April 8, 2013 at the Wayne County Nursing Home.

          Friends may call from 5 to 7 PM on Thursday (April 11th) at the Paul L. Murphy & Sons Funeral Home, 127 East Miller Street, Newark.  Father Felix Dalimpuo will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial at noon on Friday (April 12th) at St. Michael Church, South Main Street, Newark. Burial will be in Newark Cemetery. 

          Memorials, in his name, may be made to St. Michael’s Church.

          Mr. DePauw was born December 10, 1927 in the Town of Arcadia, the son of Phillip and Leona DePauw. He graduated from Williamson High School and was a member of the National Honor Society. Bill enlisted in the US Army and served in Japan as Chief Clerk to General Robert Eichelberger, Commanding General of the Eighth Army. He was honorably discharged in 1947 at the rank of Sergeant.

After the service, he was employed as the Collection Manager for Knight and Bostwick, a division of C.H. Stuart. Bill also worked as a salesperson for Gerber Baby Food for several years.  In 1961, Bill was employed by Prudential Life Insurance Company and went on to have a distinguished career with Prudential. In 1965, he was promoted to the position of staff manager overseeing the business activities of eight salespersons and one secretary. In 1967, he was promoted to regional training consultant and assisted in the training and development of life insurance agents in the Upstate New York area. Shortly thereafter he was promoted to the position of District Manager with Prudential and supervised in the sales activities of some forty agents along with eight secretaries. He then transferred to an ordinary agency contract moving back to Newark in 1976.


Bill was always mindful of giving back to the community in which he lived and was awarded with many prestigious community awards. One such award was the Donald S. MacNaughton Award for Community Leadership. He retired from Prudential after twenty years of service as an Agent Emeritus. He went on to form his own Property Casualty Insurance Agency known as DePauw Insurance Agency and retired in 1989.


As a Rotarian, Bill had served as President of the Rotary Clubs in Wolcott and Kingston, NY. He was a member of the Newark American Legion and the VFW Post. He was Past President of the Newark Chapter of the American Cancer Society and volunteered many years with the Newark-Arcadia Volunteer Ambulance.  For over ten years, Bill had served on the Board of Directors for both of these organizations. He was a member of the Newark Chamber of Commerce as well having belonged to several other Chambers Of Commerce.

He has been a life-long member of Saint Michael’s Church in Newark as well as a member of Saint Mary Magdalene Church in Wolcott and in St. Peter’s Church in Rosendale, NY. He was a life-member of the Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by his loving wife of sixty three years Cora “Corkey” B. DePauw, his daughter, Sharon (Charles) Fisher, his two sons Larry M. (Rea Ann) DePauw and Donald P. (Mary Lou) DePauw and several Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren. Bill was a great man and he will be sorely missed.

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