Thomas Andrew Depwe Sr., 81, of Orange, passed away peacefully with his family by his side at his residence on Saturday, July 25, 2009, after an illness.

Funeral services to honor his life will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, in the chapel of Dorman Funeral Home. A gathering of family and friends for a time of reflection will be from 5-9 p.m, Friday in the funeral home.

Born on April 5, 1928, in Orange, to Walter Ervin Depwe and Vivian Viola (McGill) Depwe, he was a lifelong resident of Orange, he graduated from Orange High School at the age of 17 and went to work for Consolidated Steel in Orange where he worked as an assistant to the brake press operator who bent the steel which would later be used in the construction of war ships, including the USS Orleck. Tom was responsible for working to get the Orleck back to Orange after it was decommissioned from the Turkish Navy. Tom later went on to work as a machinist with the DuPont Sabine River Works Plant in Orange and he had been promoted to supervisor over the machine shop and other shops in the plant until his retirement in 1985. Tom was very active in the community after his retirement, he had always believed that Orange should have been bigger than it actually came to be, he enjoyed spending time with his family and he was of the Methodist faith.

Tom is preceded in death by his parents and his loving wife of many years, Cecile (Pengelly) Depwe; those honoring his life and cherishing his memory are his daughter and son-in-law, Jill and George Bohn of West Orange; his son Thomas Andrew Depwe Jr. of Rosharon, Texas; his sister, Ervine Avant of Orange; his grandchildren, Drew and Shell Bohn, Ashley and Josh Wagner, Kaci Bohn and her fiancé Kevin Bryant, Tad Depwe, Catie Whitehead and her husband Vernon and Jacob Depwe and his wife Elizabeth; eight great-grandchildren and two great-grandchildren expected to arrive soon.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Tom may be made to one’s charity or congregation of choice.