Graveside service for James E. Depenbusch of Emmetsburg will be Saturday, July 12, at 11 a.m. at St. John's Catholic Cemetery in Emmetsburg. Officiant will be the Rev. Clem Currans from Holy Family Catholic Church in Emmetsburg.
Visitation will be prior to the service Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Emmetsburg.
James Edward Depenbusch, son of Henry and Julia (Decker) Depenbusch, was born Nov. 15, 1932 in Kingman, KS. In 1937, Jim and his family moved to Iowa where they resided in Palo Alto County. Jim received his education at Emmetsburg Community School. Following graduation, Jim attended Iowa State University where he studied Agriculture.
Jim returned to Palo Alto County where he farmed for several years. In the early 60's Jim was united in marriage to Mary Broadwell. Following Mary's death, Jim married Ella Mae Lindner in the 1980's.
Jim was a member of the Cattlemen's Association and took great pride in showing cattle and sheep. Jim was awarded many ribbons and trophies for his livestock. Jim also was employed at the Egg Factory in Estherville before retiring.
He enjoyed gardening and raising flowers. He took his produce and flowers to area fairs. He also loved fishing at Lost Island Lake and at Okoboji. He and Ella Mae traveled extensively through the Midwest, attending various fairs along the way. They also loved their dog, Dusty, very much. They were both fun loving people and were always ready to share in the fun.
James died Monday, July 7, 2014 at Lakeside Lutheran Home in Emmetsburg, at the age of 81. He was preceded in death by his parents; his infant son, Daniel Depenbusch; his first wife, Mary; his second wife, Ella Mae; and three brothers, Walter, Francis and Lee Depenbusch.
He is survived by his step children, Sheila Matthias of Tampa, FL, Valerie Hinkle of Iowa Falls, Jeffrey Matthias of Waterloo, and Kimberly Matthias of Independence; six grandchildren, Chad Hinkle, Jason Hinkle, Nathan See, Amy Knutson, Stacy Schaffer, and Laura Coats; ten great grandchildren; cousins; as well as other relatives and friends.
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