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Daniel Wray DePrezAge: 82 years18841967

Daniel Wray DePrez
Name prefix
Birth June 29, 1884
Census 1920 (Age 35 years)
Birth of a daughter
Suzanne DePrez
May 27, 1923 (Age 38 years)
Death of a wifeVirginia Joyce Fuller
February 26, 1967 (on the date of death)
Death February 26, 1967 (Age 82 years)
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BirthCalifornia Death Index
Census1920 US Federal Census
DeathSocial Security Death Index
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Name found on his daughter Suzanne DePrez's application for a Social Security number.

He attended Butler University at Indianapolis, attended Chicago University and was graduated from Culver Military Academy. He also operated the hardware store in addition to serving as a Brigadier General in the Indiana National Guard.

Thirty-one year old D Wray DePrez married 21-year-old Virginia J Fuller on 1 Sep 1915 in Shelby County, Indiana.

On 12 Sep 1918, when 34-year-old Daniel Wray DePrez registers for the WWI Draft, he states that his permanent address is 26 E Mechanic, Shelbyville, Shelby, Indiana, that he was born 29 Jun 1884 and is a white, natural born US citizen. He is the vice president of F.G. DePrez Co. at 1822 Public Square, Shelbyville, Shelby, Indiana. His nearest relative is his wife, Virginia Fuller DePrez who lives at 26 E Mechanic, Shelbyville, Shelby, Indiana. His description is medium height and build with dark brown eyes and hair. He has no physical disabilities.

In the 1920 US Federal Census for Shelbyville, Shelby, Indiana, 35-year-old Indiana-born Wray [sic] and hs 25-year-old Indiana-born wife Virginia [Fuller] DePrez have in their household their Indiana-born children 3-year-old Virginia F and 2-year-old Patricia. Also in this household is 22-year-old Indiana-born Florence Keppel who is recorded as a daughter [sic - this is not possible due to the ages of the purported parents]. All the adults are litereate and can speak English. Wray is the owner of a hardware store. Florence is a maid in a private family. Wray's father was born in Ohio and his mother in Indiana. Virginia's parents were born in Indiana, as were the parents of Virginia F and Patricia. Florence's parents were also born in Indiana.


By direction of the Governor of Indiana, under the Act of Legislature (Section 45-2601, Burns Indiana Statutes, annotated 1953), the Distinguished Service Medal for exceptionally meritor- ious and distinguished service during his military service with the Indiana National Guard and his continued service as a member of the State Armory Board is awarded to:

BRIGADIER GENERAL DANIEL WRAY DePREZ, 0-171585 Brigadier General DePrez began his military service with Company "D" of the 2nd Indiana Infantry on 15 June 1903 where he obtained the rank of Sergeant Major. In 1917 he commanded Company "I" attaining the rank of Captain. In 1919 he was ap- pointed by the Governor as a member of the State Armory Board. Brigadier General DePrez was promoted to the rank of Major on 23 December 1917 and reassigned as a staff officer in Hq 3rd Battalion of the 2nd Infantry, and on 1 December 1920 to Lt Colonel on the 2nd Infantry Staff, and to full Colonel on 20 June 1921 as the Regiment was redesignated the 151st Infantry. On 2 May 1932 he was appointed Brigadier General while commanding: the 76th Brigade of the Indiana National Guard. After resigning his appointment as Brigadier General on 21 November 1941 he re-entered active federal service as a Colonel on 8 June 1942 until separated on 9 August 1944 in an inactive status. Brigadier General DePrez's record reflects a total of 28 years, 1 month and 28 days as an enlisted man and officer in the Indiana State Militia, the Indiana National Guard and the Army of the United States. He has also served 28 years as a member of the State Armory Board where at the age of 71 years he is still actively engaged in the capacity of President of the Board. Brigadier General DePrez's continued enthusiasm and sin- cerity is constantly reflected through his associates in the Military Department of Indiana and has brought great credit to his State and to him as a civilian as well as a soldier. BY DIRECTION OF THE GOVERNOR: H. A. DOHERTY, Major General Ind NG, The Adjutant General.

Daniel W DePrez, born 29 Jun 1884, died 26 Feb 1967 in Riverside County, California. His mother's maiden name is recorded as Wray on the California Death Index. His last residence was listed as Shelbyville, Shelby, Indiana 46176 by the Social Security Administration. He had applied for his Social Security number in Indiana as D DePrez before 1951.

Daniel and Virginia [Fuller] DePrez died on the same day, 27 Feb 1967 in Riverside County, California, even though their last address of record is Shelbyville, Shelby, Indiana 46176.

The Shelbyville News

Frebruary 27, 1967



Gen. DePrez and Wife

Die in California

Two of Shelby county's most prominent and widely known residents are dead today, victims of a highway crash in California in which their granddaughter was also injured. The crash victims are Brig. Gen. D. Wray DePrez, 82, and his wife Virginia, 72, 103 West Mechanic Street. The granddaughter, Miss Brooke Scott, daughter of William O. Scott, of this city, is in the surgical section of General Hospital Riverside, California. She received probable fractured ribs and her condition was officially listed as "not critical." Gen. DePrez was president and the son of the founder of the J. G. DePrez Co. here, retired commander of the 76th Infantry Brigade of the 38th Division, Indiana National Guard, and prominent in business, industry, banking, and farming activities. Mrs. DePrez had been a member of the Shelby County Welfare Board for many years. Gen. and Mrs. DePrez were killed, probably instantly, when a small foreign car driven by the granddaughter was in collision with a Jeep at an intersection near Riverside, where the local couple arrived Saturday for a visit. The accident occurred at 2:20 p.m. (PST) Sunday. The local couple was pronounced dead on arrival at a nearby March Air Force Base hospital, where Miss Scott also was treated and examined before removal to the General Hospital. Gen. DePrez died of chest and internal injuries. Mrs. DePrez suffered skull and internal injuries. Mr. and Mrs. William O. Scott, son-in-law and daughter of Gen. and Mrs. DePrez and parents of the injured young women, left by plane this morning for Riverside. Definite funeral arrangements have not been made pending word from the Scotts but tentative plans call for the customary calling hours followed by private rites at the Ewing Mortuary here later this week. Following cremation, public interment rites also will be held at Forest Hill Cemetery early next week. Full military honors at the graveside also are planned for the retired general. In accordance with earlier expressed wishes of both Gen. and Mrs. DePrez it was requested flowers be omitted. The local couple left here Thursday by train for a visit with the granddaughter, who is a school teacher at Riverside, and were to have visited a grandson, DePrez Ewing, a lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force at Lubboc, Texas, this week. Gen. DePrez' interests extended into almost every facet of community life here and his long military career also gave him a wide acquaintance throughout Indiana and the rest of the country. He was president of the State Armory Board at the time of his death, and had been a board member of that board for nearly 40 years, and also served 10 years as a trustee of the Indiana World War Memorial at Indianapolis. His military career began in 1915 when he joined the old Indiana State Militia as an enlisted man and in the intervening half-century he held virtually every rank to that of brigadier general to which he was appointed by Gov. Harry G. Leslie in 1932. He became a captain in 1917 in Co. 1 of the Ind. Regiment a major in 1917 and a colonel in 1921 and was commander of the 151st infantry Regiment. With his appointment as brigadier-general he became commander of the 76th Brigade, 38th Division, Indiana National Guard, in which he served until World War II when in 1942, he was named assistant executive officer of Camp Wolters training center in Texas. Later in the war he served with Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Forces (SHAEF), based in London as members of the joint British-American military government section charged with the responsibility of planning and restoration of electrical power on the European continent following the invasion. He retired from the army in 1944, having reached the statutory age of retirement. He was a graduate of Culver Military Academy in 1904 and attended Butler and Chicago Universities. He also served many years as a member of the Board of Officers of the Culver Legion. In 1953, he received the Indiana Distinguished Service Medal for his long service in military affairs. In the business world he was president of the DePrez hardware firm here, vice-president of the DePrez-Scott hardware stores in Franklin and Rushville and a former president of the Indiana Retail Hardware Association. He was a director of the Farmers National Bank and helped organize the Chambers Corporation here and also the Sta-Titie Snath Co., manufacturers of scythe handles, of which he was a former president. He was also a director of the Indiana Manufacturers Association. He was a former member of the Board of Education of Shelbyville schools and a charter member and former president of the local Rotary Club, which he headed in 1939-40. He held extensive farm interests and was head of Turkey Trap Farms in the county. He was a member of and a reader in First Church of Christ Scientist, which both he and Mrs. DePrez attended. In the fraternal field he was a member of the Masonic order, Knights Templar, 32nd degree of the Scottish Rite at Indianapolis, Murat Shrine Temple at Indianapolis, Elks, Eagles, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Indianapolis Press Club, Columbia Club of Indianapolis and the Farm Bureau. Besides serving as a member of the Shelby County Welfare Board for many years, Mrs. DePrez was a member of the Wi-Hub Circle, Order of Eastern Star, a former Gray Lady and a former member of the Indiana State Symphony Association. She was the daughter of William W. and Minnie (Parrish) Fuller and was born here April 3, 1894. She attended Shelbyville High School and Hollins College in Virginia. Her husband was the son of Jacob G. and Jennie L. (Wray) DePrez and also was born in Shelbyville, on June 29, 1884. The couple was married September 1, 1915. They were the parents of three daughters, Mrs. William O. Scott, Mrs. Richard Ewing, and Mrs. Arthur Thurston and there are nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Mrs. DePrez is also survived by a brother Parrish Fuller. Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming