Funeral services for Bill DePuy, 75 year old Buffalo man who passed away early Thursday morning at the Johnson County Health Care Center in Buffalo, will be held Tuesday Sept. 25th at 10:00 a.m. from the Adams Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend William Dunlop officiating. Visitation will be held from the funeral home chapel on Monday from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Burial will be in Willow Grove Cemetery with graveside services to follow the funeral. Donations in Bill’s name may be made to the Buffalo Lion’s Club in care of the Adams Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo.
William Charles DePuy was born on July 24, 1937 in Toledo, Ohio to William and Marguerite DePuy. He grew up and received his education in Toledo and graduated from DeVilbiss High School in Toledo in 1955. After high school Bill played Semi-Pro football for the Toledo Tornados where his team had undefeated seasons. He was married to Joanne Brown in Toledo in 1961 and they made their home in Findlay, Ohio where Bill was a carpenter. Bill trained as a metal lather and did that in Ohio for 25 years. After a divorce he was married on November 30, 1974 in Toledo to Martha Hildebrand and they made their home in Holland, Ohio. He retired from Lather’s Local # 24 and Carpenter’s Joiner’s Local #248 in 1980. In July of 1980 they moved to Buffalo, Wyoming. In 1984 they bought the Donut Shop Café which he and Martha ran until 1998. In 1982 he started Antelope Outfitters with his best friend Steve Beilgard, which they owned and operated until retiring in 2002.
He was a proud member of the Buffalo Lion’s Club and loved the annual fishing derby and particularly the kids casting contest that he started. Bill loved hunting and fishing in Wyoming and Alaska. His proudest achievement was his annual handicap hunt where he was able to share his passion with others. Bill’s memory will live on in the hearts of his family and his beautiful paintings. His chosen medium was oil, but he was equally talented in water color and mechanical and architectural drawings.
He is survived by his wife Martha of Buffalo; two daughters, Lisa Marie Peterman and her husband Robert of Wapiti, Wyoming and Peggy Lee Shafiroff and her husband Adam of New York, New York; four grandchildren, Chelsea Hensley of Powell, Wyoming, Ashley DePuy of Buffalo, Christina DePuy of Michigan, and Andrew DePuy of Worland and five great-grandchildren, Jayde Wylie, Jason Young, Nevaeh DePuy, Madison DePuy and Braxton Hensley.