Ralph DeBlois - Merritt Island - Ralph DeBlois, 82, passed away at his home on Monday, February 15, 2010. Mr. DeBlois retired from the service as a decorated Naval Officer, who served his country in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. After his military service, he eventually moved his family to Merritt Island, FL, where he started Merritt Island Enterprises, Inc., an accounting and income tax business, and then R.L. DeBlois Tax Service. He faithfully served his many clients for 42 years, was highy respected, loved by all, and will be sorely missed. Ralph had a passion for flowers, birds, the mountains of NC, and a Bacardi rum and coke. Ralph is survived by his sisters, Connie Hallett and Jan Hooser; his brother, Joe; his daughter, Robin Renee Baccari (James); son, Michael DeBlois; granddaughters, Nicole DeBlois and Rachael Kelly, and great-grandson, Avery DeBlois Rolls. The family will receive friends Saturday, February 20th, 1 - 3 p.m., followed by funeral services at 3 p.m. at Wylie-Baxley Merritt Island Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wuesthoff Hospice.
Published in FLORIDA TODAY on Feb. 18, 2010