WILLARD L. "BILL" DeCLUE Jr.

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Willard L."Bill" DeClue, Jr., 83, of Edgewater, a processing engineer for Raytheon Corporation in Waltham & Burlington, Massachu-setts for 20 years before his retirement, died Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at Sandalwood Nursing Center, Daytona Beach. Mr. DeClue, an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, was born in Highland Park, Michigan and moved Cape Canaveral in 1972 from Ipswich, Massachusetts before moving to Edgewater in 1991. He received a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Boston College and was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, New Smyrna Beach. He was an avid tennis player and fan. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Ruth M.; four sons, Frank E. of Merritt Island; Thomas J. (Sonny) of Colorado Springs, Colorado; Daniel R. (Rosalee) of Port St. John and Joel M. (Debbie) of Ashburn, Virginia; three daughters, Janis (Bill) Ward of Port Orange; Rosemary (Bruce) Baker of Merritt Island and Jean Marie DeClue, of Cape Canaveral; one brother, Joseph (Margie) of Anaheim, California; nine grandchildren and two great grandsons. He was preceded in death by two sons, Willard L., III and Gary; one daughter, Sarah and one brother, Robert. He was always a kind and gentle man that cared for his family greatly. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 11AM Monday, March 15, 2010 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, New Smyrna Beach. Cremation will be by Dudley Crematory, New Smyrna Beach. Visitation will be from 5PM until 8PM Sunday, March 14, 2010 with a Wake service at 7:30PM at the Dudley Edgewater Chapel, 433 N. Ridgewood Ave., Edgewater. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Sacred Heart Catholic School, 1003 Turnbull Street, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168.

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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Mar. 13, 2010