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Weldon Butch Depoe

Posted 2023-06-06 by mhenderson
Published by Mohave Daily News Online from May 31 to Jun. 7, 2023 -
Bullhead City, Arizona -

Weldon Butch Depoe, age 65, passed away on Wednesday, March 22, 2023.
Butch was born on May 23, 1957 in Shelton, Washington to parents: Weldon
and Pauline Depoe. He was the fourth of seven children.

Butch graduated from high school at Shelton High and soon after, moved
to Astoria, Oregon. That is where he met his wife of 45 years, his
soulmate and best friend, Cynthia. She walked into the restaurant where
he was working in Astoria and he told his boss and coworker, "Do you see
that woman right there? That's going to be my wife. Either hire her or
bring me my paycheck. "

That's where it all began, a happy life together and his instant family
was created. They were married on December 31, 1978, joined by their
oldest daughter Jada at the altar of the church that Cynthia's
grandfather built and preached the gospel in Kennewick, Washington. Two
years later, his little Princess Karina arrived. He was very proud of
his beautiful daughters, Jada and Karina. He was a great provider for
the family. He joined the Laborer's Union in 1977 in Aberdeen,
Washington and worked all over the Pacific Northwest where he called
Washington state home. He spent a short time driving trucks in Dallas,
Texas where he realized quickly that wasn't the life for him. So, he
loaded up his family and moved back to the Pacific Northwest where he
raised his daughters and played in the dirt, running heavy equipment and
laying pipe on many call - out union jobs around Washington. He enjoyed
his life to the fullest, with fishing, clam digging, crabbing and oyster
picking. He was always concerned that his family could live off the land
if needed.

He retired from the Laborer's Union in January of 2014 due to health
reasons. He and his wife moved to Bullhead City, Arizona where they had
visited and fell in love with the desert on a prior vacation. They
looked forward to the sunshine and riding his Harley every day. His
Uncle Norm who had also retired and was living in Bullhead, taught him
to play 3-Ball pool at the local Moose Lodge. He joined the Lodge, where
they started a regular Tuesday afternoon league and he met many new
friends. He spent many hours in the man cave he built at his home and
the lodge drinking beer and having fun with his friends and family.

He enjoyed his fur babies, he was a dog lover. They had many over his
lifetime, they all have crossed over the bridge and were waiting for
him. Butch loved to ride his Harley and go fishing. Even if he didn't
catch anything, he would be the first one to remind you it is not called
catching, it is called fishing. He was happiest in his man-cave at his
home in Bullhead City, his Harley parked close and his belly up next to
his beautiful bar he built. Butch will be missed by many and never will
we forget his life stories he told and the laughter he brought to any

He was preceded in death by his parents, Pauline and Weldon Depoe;
stepmother, Laura Depoe; his mother and father-in-law, Alonzo and Alsie
Parks; his sister, Diana Keeler and brother-in-law Roy Keeler;
stepbrothers, Emerson and Doug Moore; his brother-in-laws and best
friend, Steve Hills and Robert Beleele; his Aunt Marilyn Thompson and
Uncle John Thompson, Aunt Doris Derrick and Uncle Ray Derrick, Uncle
Ralph Depoe, Uncle Charles and Aunt Charlene Depoe, Uncle David Depoe,
Uncle Larry and Aunt Jane Depoe, Aunt Rosalie Depoe. He had many
lifetime friends and other family that were waiting for him in heaven
with open arms.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Cynthia of Bullhead City;
daughters, Jada (Sean) Pollock of Washington, Karina Depoe and fiance
Lyle Collins of Bullhead City; sisters, Myra Lynn Hills of Washington,
Barbara Lou Beleele of Washington, Ellie(Charles) Huff of Washington,
Patty Martinell of Arizona; brother, Mike Depoe of Kingman, Arizona;
grandchildren, Phillip Pollock and Connor Pollock of Washington, Kayla
and Timothy Junior (TJ) Rogge of Washington; great-grandchildren,
Kamden, Brynlee and Layla of Washington.

He loved his in-laws as well, he often referred to them as his outlaws,
Diane and Jim Mothershed of Washington, Pamela Barthuly of Washington,
Hank and Donna Barthuly of Washington and his Traveling/Adventuring
buddies, Linda and Jerry Peters of Washington. He has multiple nieces,
nephews and great nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly. Also, cousins
and his uncle Don Depoe of Washington and not to be forgotten his Moose
Wife and dear friend, Susan Berilla of Bullhead City.

We were told on the 10th of March he was full of cancer and he was ready
and at peace with his life. He didn't want to be a bother to his family
so Hospice, Canyon Home Care helped with his final days in the Man Cave.
He had his wife, best friend, daughters, grandchildren, sisters,
brothers, friends and family surrounding him. In his last days he was
laughing, enjoying his friends and family that stopped by to say
goodbye, his Wings were ready and the moment his heart stopped our lives
were changed forever March 22, 2023.

On Sunday, June 4, 2023 at 1:00 pm, A Celebration of Life will be held
at the VFW Club on Marble Canyon in Bullhead City, Arizona, for Weldon
Butch Depoe. It will be a potluck. Please bring your favorite dish and
come have a cocktail, a bite and share a memory of Butch.

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