Welcome! By Aline Zimmer

0717 welcome sizedDoug and Susan DePew had been living in Leawood for eight years when they decided it was time to both downsize their primary residence and acquire a second home on a lake. They hadn’t known about Lake Quivira until they saw the results of a search for lakefront property. In a flash, they realized they could have one home on a lake close to work, and rightsizing replaced downsizing. They purchased 506 Lakeshore, but once they sketched out their renovations, the 18- to 24-month estimate was longer than they had anticipated, so they switched gears to buy a house in move-in condition. As Doug said, “We’re not getting any younger.” The original home is currently on the market.
The couple hail from California and moved to Kansas because of its business-friendly climate. Doug is an executive with Team Thrift, which manages and operates thrift stores for non-profit organizations, specifically City Union Mission and Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Ernestine Schumann-Heink Missouri Chapter #2. He works with stores across the country and specializes in real estate and contract negotiations, as well as charity relations.
Susan home-schooled their three children, who are now young adults. Shannon is 28 and lives in California where she is raising two sons, ages six and seven. Shelby is 26 and attends the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, where she studies Animation and Visual Effects. Brennan, 21, attends the Savannah College of Art and Design, where he majors in Dramatic Writing with a minor in Acting.
The DePews have two dogs. Kenyon is a lab they fostered for Guide Dogs of America until he was dropped from the program for elbow dysplasia and became a permanent member of the family. He is now a therapy dog who visits seniors weekly at Shawnee Gardens Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, and is also part of a program where kids who are hesitant to read can improve their confidence and skills by reading aloud to a dog. Their other canine, Beau, was rescued from a shelter where he would have been put down due to problems stemming from abuse.
Doug’s interests include cars–Porsches in particular–while Susan is learning to play bridge and enjoys reading and scrapbooking. Doug has joined the investment club, and Susan has joined a book club. They are glad to have found the community, which they have found friendly and welcoming. Please continue to welcome Doug and Susan to the Lake!