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David Floyd Devol


David Floyd Devol, 90, of Melbourne, Fla., passed away July 26, 2013, at his home, as he wanted.

He was predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Gloria.

Born in Hocking County on May 7, 1923, he is survived by brothers, Dannie and Bobby Lee; sister, Mary; his son, Dave; daughters, Pati Devol Anderson and Carol (Don) Bricker; grandson, Brad Barton; and great-granddaughters, Danielle and Jennifer Barton.

He served in the Army Air Corps in the European zone with 30 bombing missions and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and three Oak Leaf Clusters for heroic actions of repairing a fuel tank leak inside the wing of a B-24 Liberator under enemy fire, saving the lives of all crew members.

He was the past American Legion and AMVETS commander, active in other military and social charitable organizations, including the Shriners as a 32nd Degree Mason, and Funsters, supporting the Shriner Hospitals for Children. He also sponsored baseball teams and organizations supporting youths of America.

In lieu of flowers, charitable donations may be made to Smith Chapel Food Pantry, 1333 E. Front St., Logan, OH 43138.

Visitation is from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at Beach Funeral Homes — West, 4999 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne/Suntree, Melbourne, Fla., followed by a funeral at 12:30 p.m. Full military honors and entombment follow at Fountain Head Memorial Cemetery, Palm Bay.

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