It is with great sadness that we announce that John Gerald Depkin passed away on the morning of September 21, 2020, next to his loving wife, Linda Depkin’s side, in Parker, Colorado. John, more commonly known as Jerry, and more affectionately known as Pop, Pop Pop, Jerr-Bear and Javier, was born in Baltimore, Maryland on December 5, 1947. Jerry met his wife Linda at the age of 15. They were married for 51 years, together just shy of 58 years, and had their only son, Sean Depkin.
Jerry enlisted in the Army National Guard at age 19 and served for 6 years, achieving the rank of Sergeant before ending his service. For the remainder of his working life, he worked as a printing pressman for French Bray for 35 years.
Though Jerry was a proud Marylander, he made the voyage with his wife Linda and bird Alex, to move to Colorado to be closer to Sean, his daughter-in-law Sereena, and meet his first grandchild, Lorenzo. Jerry truly loved being in Colorado and valued his friends and the life that he and Linda had created here together. He was as known for being a funny; sarcastic; curmudgeon, as he was for his kindness, generosity and affection. The things that brought him the most joy were watching “his” Baltimore Ravens play, yelling at the television when anything political came on (also whenever the Ravens were on), hanging out with his best-friend Linda and son Sean, snuggling with his grandson Lorenzo, and aggravating his daughter-in-law, Sereena.
Jerry is survived by his wife Linda, son Sean Depkin, daughter-in-law Sereena and grandson Lorenzo Depkin. His brother Lee Depkin, sister-in-law Linda Sue, sister-in-law, Theo Depkin.
He was Predeceased in death by his parents, Leroy and Marian Depkin, and his brother, Michael Depkin.
There will be a small private memorial service at Fort Logan, 4400 W. Kenyon Ave, Denver, Colorado 80236. on October 20, 2020 at 11:30. A celebration of life has been postponed until a later date. In lieu of flowers the family would appreciated donations to be made in Jerry’s name to the National League of POW/MIA Families (www.pow-miafamilies.org), a cause that was near and dear to his heart.
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