CARROLL F. DEVOID - WILLISTON - Carroll "Deac" F. DeVoid died peacefully on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, in Burlington Health and Rehab in Burlington, after a short illness. He was 97. Deac was born on March 10, 1916, in Monkton, the son of Lyman and Ruth (Hanks) DeVoid. After the death of his grandfather, he grew up in Hinesburg with his aunt and uncle, Diane and Arthur LaForce. He graduated from Hinesburg High School in 1934. He served in the CCC on Mount Mansfield, worked four years for the G.S. Blodgett Company in Burlington, until inducted into the U.S. Army's 9th Infantry Combat Engineers, serving in the W.W.II battles of Africa, Sicily, France, and Germany. He worked for New England Telephone for 33 years, until he retired at age 62. He thoroughly enjoyed his retirement and his independence by gardening, reading, woodworking, entertaining his two granddaughters, and visiting friends and relatives. Deac belonged to the Masonic Patriot Lodge #33 where he served for 70 years, and many years with the Eastern Stars and Scottish Rite. He is survived by his wife, Helen, of 63 years; three children and their spouses, Douglas and Beth DeVoid of Hinesburg, Martha and Ken Kapaun of Tempe, Ariz., and Melanie Bishop of Williston; two granddaughters, Jessica and Todd Hinds of Worchester, Mass., and Nicole DeVoid of Gray, Maine; and great-grandson, Jackson Hinds. He is also survived by his younger brother, Bernard DeVoid of Burlington; predeceased by the youngest brother, Gerald DeVoid of Connecticut; and many beloved in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends. Deac's family would like to extend a big thank you to the nurses and staff at Burlington Health and Rehab, located in Burlington. A church service will be held at the United Church of Hinesburg on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, at 11 a.m., with interment to follow at the Hinesburg Cemetery. Arrangements are in care of Gifford Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the United Church of Hinesburg, PO Box 39, Hinesburg, VT 05461.
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Published in The Burlington Free Press on Sept. 1, 2013