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Frank H. DeVivo

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DeVivo, Frank H.
Age 91

Council Bluffs. Passed away December 1, 2012. Frank was born in Blencoe, Iowa on August 29, 1921 and is preceded in death by his parents Nicholas and Anna DeVivo. When he was 18, he joined the US Army and was sent to the Philippine Island for basic training. He was due to come back to the states when on December 7, 1941 the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. Frank was on the Island of Corregidor, where they held out for 6 months without any additional rations or ammunition and finally were forced to surrender to the Japanese, May 8, 1942. Among his many awards and medals are the Silver Star, two Purple hearts, Bronze Star, American Defense Ribbon with one Bronze Star, Philippine Defense Ribbon with one Bronze Star, Asiatic Pacific Theatre with two Bronze Stars. Frank married Doris Ellis on February 18, 1946 and celebrated 66 years of marriage. He started working for the Union Pacific Railroad in late 1945 in the mail Department. He later transferred to the clerical department and retired from the accounting department in Omaha in 1981. He was a lifetime member of the American Ex Prisoner of War, Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor, the Disabled Veterans, Purple Heart and American Legion Post 2. Before being declared legally blind, Frank was an avid gardener and repair man. He volunteered at Veterans Hospital in Omaha for 12 years and was a lifetime member of Holy Family Church. He also was a member of the Knights of Columbus and loved his family, faith and country. Survivors include his wife, Doris (Ellis) DeVivo; daughter, Patricia Holder (Jack), all Council Bluffs; son, Steven DeVivo (Connie), Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; daughter, Nanci Schnitker, Council Bluffs; son, John DeVivo (Laurie), Blair, NE; 10 grandchildren, Nathan, Marc and Mackenzie Schnitker, Nick and Crissa DeVivo (Martin), Bryan and Anne Holder (Hansen), Luke, Heather (Winz) and Shannon DeVivo; 11 great grandchildren; many other family members and friends.
Rosary recitation Tuesday 6pm followed by VISITATION until 8pm at Cutler-O'Neill-Meyer-Woodring Bayliss Park Chapel. FUNERAL MASS Wednesday 10:30am at Corpus Christi (Holy Family) Church. Interment St. Joseph Cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post 2. Luncheon will follow back at Holy Family. Memorials are suggested to Holy Family, St. Albert Schools and Hospice of Southwest Iowa. CUTLER-O'NEILL-MEYER-WOODRING
Bayliss Park Chapel
545 Willow Ave., Council Bluffs, IA


Published in Omaha World-Herald from Dec. 3 to Dec. 4, 2012
Funeral Home
Cutler-O'Neill-Meyer-Woodring Funeral Home and Crematory
545 Willow Avenue Council Bluffs, IA 51503
(712) 322-7779
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