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Henry C. Deebach

1027 - 2013 DALTON Henry "Hank" C. Deebach, 85, of 19 Birchwood Terrace, a resident of Dalton since 1988, died Sunday, July 28, 2013, at Springside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Pittsfield. Before moving to Dalton, he resided in Rego Park, N.Y., since 1969.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Oct. 25, 1927, the son of Charles H. and Rosina Stehlin Deebach, he was educated in Queens, N.Y., schools and was a 1944 graduate of high school there.

Mr. Deebach was employed as a truck driver for Allied Aviation in New York, the fuel supplier for airlines going in and out of John F. Kennedy International Airport. He retired in August 1988 with more than 40 years service.

He also served his country with the United States Navy.

He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

Mr. Deebach was a longtime member of the Dalton Lions Club. He was the 1999-2000 recipient of the Melvin Jones Fellow from Lions International.

He had great pleasure boating on Long Island Sound, was an avid Red Sox fan, and enjoyed going to Atlantic City, Foxwoods, and Saratoga racing. He also enjoyed time with his great-nieces and great-nephews.

Mr. Deebach's wife, the former Grace C. O'Melia, whom he married March 22, 1969, in the Church of St. Luke in Bay Shore, Long Island, died Feb. 4, 2013.

He is survived by his sister-in-law, Sarah "Peggy" Brophy of Pittsfield, and his brother-in-law, Lawrence O'Melia of Springfield, and six nieces, three nephews,and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services for Henry "Hank" C. Deebach will be held Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, at 11 a.m. at DERY-FOLEY FUNERAL HOME in Dalton with Pastor Sigmund Sadzinski officiating. Burial will follow in Ashuelot Cemetery. Calling hours will precede the service from 10 to 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Dalton Lions Charities, Inc., in care of DERY-FOLEY FUNERAL HOME, 890 East Main Street, Dalton.


Published in The Berkshire Eagle on July 30, 2013
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