Claude Depew, 88, Hornell

Claude O. Depew, 88, Hornell

November 22, 2013

HORNELL, NY – Claude O. Depew, 88, of 33 Webster Street, passed away Sunday (November 17, 2013) at the Hornell Gardens.

Born in Montour Falls, NY, August 19, 1925, the son of Russell and Frances Pelham Depew, he was a graduate of Odessa High School and had served his country as a member of the United States Army during WWII. Claude was a heavy equipment operator for several construction companies, among them, CP Ward and Cold Springs. He was instrumental in the construction of Bristol Mountain and the Southern Tier Expressway. Claude lived several years in Alfred, moving to Hornell in August of 2011. He was a life member of the Hornell VFW, a former member of the Montour Falls Moose Lodge and was an avid hunter.

He was predeceased by his parents, his wife, Pauline Bodine Depew on May 8, 1972, and his son Ricky J. Depew on May 8, 1983 as well as his ten siblings, his twin brother, Clyde, Gail, Paul, Bill, Fred, Gene and Gene’s infant twin brother, Ernest, and his sisters, Doris Field, Aniah Bennett, and Mary Cooper.

He is survived by his daughter, Rhonda (Scott) Baube of Honeoye, two sons, Randy Depew of Florida and Rex (Donna) Depew of Hornell, 4 grandchildren, Rachel (Chad Schaumberg) Depew, Craig Tuttle, Kyle Depew and Shannon Masterson, three great grandchildren, Aiyana Masterson, Devon Masterson and Dylan Depew, – his caregiver at the Hornell Gardens, Bernice Mulhollen, and several nieces & nephews including a special niece, Marilane (Tom) Wheeler of Prattsburgh.

To send a remembrance to the family or to light a candle in Claude’s memory, please visit The family is being assisted by Gerald R. Brown, Director.

The family will be present to receive friends from 2-4 PM Saturday, November 23, 2013, at the Bender – Brown & Powers Funeral Home, 354 Canisteo St, Hornell where military honors and memorial services will follow calling hours at 4 PM. Deacon Robert McCormick will officiate.

Friends may make memorial contributions to National Parkinson Foundation, Gift Processing Center, PO Box 5018, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5018, Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.