DeForest LaVOY

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LaVOY, DeForest our most loved husband and father, passed away on March 28, 2014. He was born in Syracuse, NY, on April 18, 1930, the son of the late DeForest LaVoy and Anita Young LaVoy. He graduated from Eastwood High School in Syracuse, in 1947 and attended Oswego State College before moving to Tampa with his parents in 1949. He continued his education at the University of Tampa and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in English in 1952. While at the University, he was active in sports, rowing crew on the Tampa Great Team of "8" and participated in many regattas with other colleges on the East Coast. He was a member of the Beta Chi fraternity. After graduation from college he enlisted in the Navy and did three tours of duty in the Pacific during the Korean War. DeForest (DE) met his wife, Madge Kleinhammer a fellow University of Tampa student and they were married in 1953. They celebrated their 61st Wedding Anniversary on Jan. 17, 2014. De had a very successful career in the insurance industry working with both commercial and personal lines of insurance. He retired from Florida Federal Savings and Loan in St. Petersburg in 1993 as Senior Vice President and Manager of Florida First service Cooperation, a subsidiary of Florida Federal. He was a 32nd Degree Mason, member of Lodge 139 in St. Petersburg for 53 years, a member of the Scottish Rite in Tampa, and a member of the Egypt Temple Shrine where he was an active member of the Patrol and served on the Shriner's Hospital Committee for Crippled Children. He is survived by his wife, Madge; and his two wonderful children, Patricia LaVoy Fuller and her husband, John Fuller, and DeForest LaVoy III and his wife, Patti Wilsey LaVoy and their three children, DeForest LaVoy IV, Kirsten LaVoy and Brooke LaVoy. De was always fun loving and happy with a positive outlook on life. His reward in life was to reach out to others. He was an avid reader and a member of the St. Petersburg Yacht Club. He and his wife Madge, loved to travel with friends and family reaching all 50 states, Europe and cruising the seas. In lieu of flowers, donations to Shriner's Hospitals for Children are appreciated at Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607. A Celebration of Life for family and close friends will be held at a later date.
Funeral Home
Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home
2201 Dr. MLK St. North St. Petersburg, FL 33704
(727) 822-2059
Funeral Home Details
Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Apr. 6, 2014
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