James A. Depto, 77, of Warren, PA., died at his residence, Monday, August 3, 2020 after suffering an apparent heart attack. He was born May 30, 1943 in Warren, PA. He was the son of Anthony A. Depto and Edith Rickerson Depto Elsholz. He was a Warren area resident most of his life, living in Albany, GA, while he was in the service. Jim was a veteran of Vietnam War, serving with the U.S. Air Force as an Airman Second Class. He earned an Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. He was employed for 45 years with the former National Forge Company and Ellwood Crankshaft, retiring as a polisher foreman. He owned and operated Depto Christmas Tree Farm. Jim was a member of the Warren Eagles Aerie and Clarendon Veterans of Foreign Wars Club #314. He had been a little league baseball coach. He also was a coach at Allegheny Valley Elementary School, coaching boys and girls basketball and also for the Sheffield High School Girls Basketball team. Jim was an avid New York Yankees Baseball fan, hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman. He especially enjoyed being Santa for many years for numerous groups, most especially for the Warren Special Olympics and Clarendon V.F.W. Club. He loved traveling anytime he could, he enjoyed traveling to the western United States. Every child who ever entered into his home, all knew him as Papa.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Norma Grosch Depto, whom he married in 1962 in Warren, PA.
5 Children, James M. Depto and wife, Jamie of Clarendon, PA., Michael N. Depto of Kane, PA., Michele Depto Kent and husband, Kevin of Starbrick, PA., Kelly Depto Stanko and fiancé, Andrew Bonnell of Warren, PA., special grandson whom Jim considered as his son, Christopher Jordan at home, 10 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Todd A. Depto, who died December 21, 1992.
Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA. on Thursday, August 6, 2020 from 6 to 8 P.M. CDC guidelines and state mandates will be observed, must wear masks and social distancing will be enforced. Limited visitation will also be observed, so please be patient. A private funeral service will be conducted at the convenience of the family, with Rev. Dale Haight, officiating. Interment will be in St. Joseph R.C. Cemetery where full military honors will be provided by members of the Clarendon/Sheffield V.F.W. Funeral Detail and the U.S. Air Force personnel. Those wishing to place memorials may do so through Warren County Special Olympics or Clarendon Volunteer Fire Department or Disabled American Veterans. E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com