Wilkinsburg Community Ministry, 702-704 Wood Street 15221 or other charity of choice.
Richard C. Depperman of Oakmont, PA, formerly of Wilkinsburg, PA, age 90, entered eternal life on March 14, 2021. He was preceded in death by his loving parents, Wilhemina (Min) (Schalk) and Edwin Depperman (Owensville, MO) and his elder son, Bruce Depperman (Kansas City, MO). Richard, also known as Dick, was cared for by his wife of 50 years, Carla Deane (Love). Richard is remembered fondly by a myriad of friends and family and three living children, Susanne (New York City), Chris (Dallas, TX), and Dawn (Keller, TX); five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, brother, Robert and sister-in-law, Ruth (Owensville, MO); three nieces, and extended family in MO, KS, and OK. Richard proudly served in the U.S. Army, including a year in Germany. Subsequently he graduated from Washington University (St. Louis), electrical engineering. Richard was employed by Motorola, IBM, and Westinghouse as a technical writer and later in sales for several Pittsburgh companies. Community service was a central part of Richard's spare time, first with the Wilkinsburg Community Ministry (WCM) as volunteer (1971), then board member, then President in later 1970's. With help of talented WCM staff and volunteers, Richard spearheaded bike marathons, haunted train stations, carnivals, all to keep community youth involved. Due to need for new political leadership in Wilkinsburg, Richard ran and served twice as Mayor of Wilkinsburg between 1982-1990, a period of severe fiscal constraints in the Boro. Richard provided certain stability, respectability in the borough, leading the charge for a highly successful Centennial celebration in 1987, honorably helping to cut the ribbon for the East Busway opening. Richard firmly believed in the people and potential of the community. A private Memorial Service will be held at East Liberty Presbyterian Church followed by private Graveside Service and Interment on Saturday, April 10 at 11:00 a.m. at Owensville City Cemetery, Owensville, MO. with Rev. Stephanie DeLong officiating. If desired, a contribution may be made to: Wilkinsburg Community Ministry, 702-704 Wood Street (15221) or other charity of choice. Professional services trusted to D'ALESSANDRO FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY LTD., Lawrenceville. www.dalessandroltd.com. and Gottenstroeter Funeral Home, Owensville, MO.