John A Deppe

(Jul 16, 1953 to Jul 30, 2011)

John knew the solution for life’s problems: prayer and praise. All things would be in the Lords time.rnHis walk with Christ and his faith grew especially in the last years of his life. John’s humility brought his light to many dark places: he led a 12-step program at Lady of Lourdes Hospital, the Burlington County Jail, and Westampton Hospital. John made a mean cup of coffee.rnAfter John graduated high school, he went straight to the U.S. Marine Corp boot camp at Paris Island. John exemplified the Marine Corp motto “once a Marine, always a Marine.”rnHe was proud of his service as a Marine and lived his life with honor and self discipline. He’d forever have a spit polished appearance.rnAfter boot camp he became an air traffic controller at Marine Corp Base Quantico, VA., home of the presidential helicopter Marine One.rnWhen he returned home he pursued his life’s passion, cars. Honest mechanics are hard to come by and John had a following. In his early years he could keep any Volkswagen going. He’d later refine his craft and become a Volvo Master Technician. His most recent job was with Liberty Toyota.rnJohn was the local embodiment of St. Francis of Assisi, although he was more likely to describe himself as Dr. Doolittle.rnThe fattest animals in Riverside could be found around his old repair shop, J.D’s Automotive where he handfed squirrels and raccoons. John was the Cat Whisperer. His gentle nature and special “calls” put all sorts of creatures at ease.rnHe loved NASCAR’s Mark Martin, not Tony Stewart and drove the cars at both Pocono and Dover. Of course some claim that he drove like that his entire life. He read everything he could get his hands on and filled many a journal with his life’s lessons.rnHe loved to dominate his boys in video games and enjoyed many a sci-fi flick with them. His biggest gifts to them were life lessons, but he did also love to spoil them at the Columbus Flea Market.rnHe was the father of Robert McManus and John A. Deppe Jr., and is also survived by his ex-wife and friend, Kimberly Deppe; his brothers, William (Alicia) and Edward (Karen); and sister, Kaye Deppe.rnJohn was the uncle of Stephanie Wilkins, Lori Maeder (Joseph), Melissa Deppe, and Matthew Deppe; and great-uncle of Keighly Wilkins, Anna Wilkins, Marissa Maeder, and Joseph Maeder.rnCome celebrate John’s 58 great years from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Sweeney Funeral Home, Riverside, and from 10 a.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church, 216 Sunset Road, Willingboro, where the service will be at 11 a.m. Interment will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday in Beverly National Cemetery.rnIn lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Burlington County Animal Shelter, 35 Academy Drive, Westampton, NJ 08060.rnSweeney Funeral Home,rnRiverside

4 thoughts on “John A Deppe

  1. joanna

    i still can’t believe that he’s gone. i’m grateful to have known him, he was such a good guy. and i know that he did make a real difference for others, trying to help people and being in service. hoping his loved ones and children are given all the love & support that they need, & that relief and comfort are found.

  2. Edie Santos

    My heart is filled with sadness. John was such a nice guy. John and my husband Bert were friends they both loved cars and racing. John and I quickly became friends he found a beautiful Volvo station wagon for me and told my husband to buy it. JOHN was the only person that Bert ever let work on our cars. I used to enjoy visiting with John at his shop in Riverside. We had great conversations he spoke of his children, his wife and his parents and his siblings. He loved his family very much. We both loved animals and he would show me how he could feed the raccoons he always had plenty of food at his shop for the critters. The raccoon loved when John would order pizza because John would share it with him. He even brought his wife and son to Farm Fair to see our sons 4-H animals. When I was able to upgrade my car and bought a nice newer Volvo I don’t know who was more excited me or John. John often spoke to me about his love for the lord and his faith. I am sad to see him leave this world but I know the lord must have a special job for him in heaven. I pray for his family that they find comfort in their memories of John. We will always remember John for his kind heart.n

  3. Kim Deppe

    I just want to say I knew John for almost 30 years and he was an intelligent, thoughtful, funny man who God was able to share with me his life as a friend and husband. I am grateful. He is in my heart forever. Love, Schmeeb

  4. Rosepatricia Bird (Paoline)

    Dear Kim, Bobby, John, and Family,n I am so sorry about your loss. You are in my heart and prayers. God Bless you and help you get to a place of peace. xxxooo Rosen

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