De FELICE, , LOUIS FRANCIS Louis Francis De Felice has soared upon eagle's wings to join his beloved wife on June 28th. Born in Auburn, N.Y. on July 29, 1917, to Pasquale and Margaret, Louis grew up in the nearby village of Jordan, N.Y. where he was nurtured by small town values. Upon graduation from Central City Business Institute in Syracuse, Louis began working in Utica, NY where he met his future wife, Jane Scalise. Three weeks after their marriage on November 20, 1941, the advent of Pearl Harbor determined the course of their lives. Louis enlisted in the Army Air Corps and trained as a navigator. Louis was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant, and acquired the status of Master Navigator. He was assigned to a B-17 bomber crew in the 447th Bomb Group of the 8th Air Force. Based in Rattlesden, England, Lt. De Felice was credited with 30 missions over Europe. Separating from the military at the end of WWII, he and Jane began their family with the birth of their daughters. Louis re-enlisted during the Korean War, joining the Air Force in the rank of Captain. Assigned to the Military Air Transport Service (MATS) as a navigator, Capt. De Felice extended his world travels to Africa, the Middle East and points throughout Europe. During this period he participated in the Berlin Airlift and the humanitarian airlift of Mecca-bound pilgrims in Lebanon. Returning stateside in 1953, Capt. De Felice transitioned into Supply Services. In 1957, then Major De Felice, became the initial recipient of the Hessessy Trophy for the best servicewide Food Services Facility. Additional awards included the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, and the Air Medal. Later assignments during this distinguished career of thirty years included Japan, Libya, Greece and Vietnam. During this time period, Louis, attained the rank of Lt. Colonel, and served as Area Commander for the Army Air Force Exchange Service on many of these assignments. Lt. Colonel De Felice, while assigned to AAFES HQ in Dallas, retired from the service in 1974 and pursued a MBA at the University of Dallas in Irving. Graduating in 1976 he began an 18-year career as a college professor, teaching at Chapman College and University of LaVerne in California. Louis brought the same dedication and enthusiasm to the classroom as he had to military service. During this time period he continued his own education acquiring a Ph.D. Louis was precedent in death by his loving wife of sixty years, Jane Geraldine. He was also preceded by his brother, Anthony De Felice and his sister, Leone De Felice Bex. Louis is survived by his children, Jayne, Linda, and Louis 111, daughter-in-law Paulette, and grandchildren, Paul and Nick De Felice. Surviving sisters include Jeanne Chatfield, Teri Marshfield, and Patricia Hammond of N.Y. State. Louis maintained a powerful enthusiasm for life itself and for relationships. Possessing a great sense of humor and a constant curiosity about the world around him, Louis lived his life fully and continued to grow as person. Ever ready to lend a helping hand, he was thoroughly dependable and loyal. Louis is widely loved and will be greatly missed. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 11:00 AM Thursday, July 6th at the St. Joseph Village chapel in Coppell. A military internment service will follow at 2:00 PM at the National Cemetery in Grand Prairie, Texas. Donations can be made to the Center for BrainHealth in Dallas, Texas. (www.centerforbrainhealth.org) Irving Calvary Funeral Home 624 East Second Street Irving Texas 75060 (972) 579-7356
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Published in Dallas Morning News from July 2 to July 3, 2006