HERMISTON Donald Kieth "Don" DePue died Tuesday, April 3, at the Hermiston Good Samaritan Center Nursing Home in Hermiston at the age of 85.
He was born Feb. 23, 1922 at Hartington, Neb., to William Robert and Ina Grace (Harding) DePue.
Don was raised in the Hartington area and lived at Wynot, Neb., during grade school. He joined the U.S. Army during World War II and served three years of his four-year service in the European Theater. After the war, he moved with his brother to La Grande where he worked at Safeway as a meat cutter. On Sept. 25, 1951, Don married Venita LaRose Cross at La Grande. They moved to Hermiston in 1959 and he worked at Safeway and finally at Stewart's Market until he retired in 1985. Don was a member of the Oregon Retail/Butchers Union Local 555. He enjoyed woodworking and built their home in Hermiston. Don volunteered for many years for the Boys Scouts of America and the Campfire Girls.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Venita, of Hermiston; three daughters, Cherie Marston of Kennewick, Wash., Kenda Christian of Pasco, Wash., and Kaye Magula of Benton City, Wash.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by brother, Bob DePue; and two sisters, Lucille Klanderud and Betty Lou DePue. Disposition was by cremation. Inurnment of remains will be at the Union Cemetery in Union at a later date. Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of the arrangements.