Leroy W. Depies, 86

Leroy W. DepiesLeroy W. Depies of Minocqua, formerly of Thiensville, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, April 11, 2015, at the age of 86.

Beloved husband for 60 years to June (nee Blaubach). Proud father of Cindy (Ken) Buttitta, Jeff (Terry), Bob (Diane), Mike (Debbie), Bill (Heather), Paul (Kim), Kathy (Mark) Dalton and Jim and Sue (Gregg) Denman. Proud grandpa of 28 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Dear brother of Eileen (the late Frank) Bolz and Charlotte (the late Lee) Bartlein. Fond brother-inlaw of Carol (the late Elroy) Depies, Marge (the late Ralph) Blaubach, Don (Madie) Blaubach, Audrey (the late Wallace) Blaubach and Earl (Diane) Blaubach.

Preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Tillie (nee Becker); siblings, Kenneth, twin Elroy and Elaine (the late Cliff) Bergin.

Leroy proudly served in the Navy on the submarine U.S.S. Pickerel from 1950 to 1954 as an electrician. After returning home he married the love of his life, June Blaubach, in 1955. That same year, Leroy began his career at Meer Electric in Thiensville as an electrician. Leroy remained at Meer Electric until his retirement in 1991. Leroy retired to the Northwoods of Wisconsin where he enjoyed fishing, square dancing, wood carving, traveling and special time with family and friends.

Leroy was passionate about his community and the world.

However, his greatest passion was his adoring wife, June. Together they raised nine children and were a cherished part of the lives of their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will be missed more than words can ever express. In honor of Leroy, there will be a Memorial Mass at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 18 at Lumen Christi Parish, 138 W. Buntrock Ave., Thiensville, WI 53092 with military honors to follow. The family will greet relatives and friends on Saturday at the church from 11 a.m. until time of Mass and at a reception to be held afterwards. In 2001, the first responders from the Thiensville Fire Dept. Inc.

saved Leroy’s life. The family is eternally grateful for the 14 years he was able to continue to enjoy his relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Thiensville Fire Dept. Inc., 250 Elm St., Thiensville, WI 53092 would be greatly appreciated. Online condolences can be directed to the family at www.schramkafuneralhome.com.

The Schramka-Densow Funeral Home is assisting the family.