David L. Deppe, 80, of Baraboo, passed away unexpectedly after a brief illness Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, at home.
David, son of Wilbur W. and Helen (Lewis) Deppe, was born May 18, 1938, in Baraboo. He attended the Baraboo schools and graduated with the Class of 1957. David enlisted in the Air National Guard and proudly served for four years. On April 22, 1982, he was united in marriage to Jan Getschman at First United Methodist Church in Baraboo.
David served as past master of the Masonic Lodge and was a previous captain of the Baraboo Fire Department and retired after 32 years of service.
David was the 1994 Grand National Two Wheel Drive champion of the National Tractor Pullers Association and pulled in the European Superpull in 1997. He was a longtime lover and supporter of all motorsports and had a special love for his 1957 Chevrolets.
He was president of Deppe Enterprises.
Survivors include his loving wife, Jan; children, Tim (Tracy) Deppe, Teri Smith; stepchildren, Teri (Lisa) Sonsalla, Sherri (Kip) Lussenden; grandchildren, Willie (Nicole) Deppe, Johnny (Amanda) Deppe, Hailee (Thad) Hengstler, Kristin Henrickson, Whitney (David) Lamberty, Kyle Sonsalla, Samantha (Tyler) Wojcik, Melissa Peterson, Jessica Peterson; great-grandchildren, Addisen, Grady, Tatum, Danica, Stella, Zoey, Emmi, and Charlee; as well as cousins and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and the mother of his children, Mary Deppe.
Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, at First United Methodist Church with Pastor Marianne Cotter officiating. Visitation will be held from 3-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, at Redlin Funeral Home as well as from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service Saturday at the church. Burial will follow at Walnut Hill Cemetery where military rites will be conducted.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorials be directed toward SJS Cancer Support Team, Circus World Museum or First United Methodist Church.