Frank Manuel Deville, Jr.
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Frank Manuel Deville, Jr., Colonel, US Air Force (Retired), 91, died peacefully at home on March 17, 2013.
He is survived by his wife, Delores, the love of his life from the day they met and with whom he just celebrated 59 years of marriage. He is also survived by his children: Donald (Candace), Debra Deville (Barry Miner), Lisa Petrosky (Charles John), Suzanne Jackson (Rick), and Frank Michael (Lisa). He also leaves behind five grandchildren, Donald, Christy, and Katherine Deville, Caitlin Jackson and Claire Petrosky, and two great grandchildren, Ava and Brayden Deville. He will be missed by his brother, Charles, and sisters, Arden Ehrensing and Shirley Jean Leonard.
Frank was born in Pineville, Louisiana on September 9, 1921. He attended St. Benedict's in Covington and was a graduate of Menard High School in Alexandria as well as the Alexandria Business School. Frank was a bookkeeper at Schnack's Jewelry Store before enlisting in the Air Force in World War II.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank M. Deville, Sr. and Ida Foster Deville, and sisters Virgie Aymond, Sister Ida Marie Deville, Helen Knowles, and Ruth Wheelahan.
A true American hero, Frank was a veteran of three wars, serving in World War II as a navigator and bombardier in the European Theater of Operations. He made the Air Force a career and spent over 30 years in assignments that took him all over the world, including his favorite assignment of five years in Hawaii. He retired from the Air Force in 1969 and decided to make San Antonio his home. He began a second career as an insurance agent for Farmers Insurance Group. Frank and Delores worked side by side in building a successful agency and he enjoyed this second career so much that he worked full time until the age of 82. He truly loved working with people and was devoted to giving his clients the best service possible. Frank was active in the Roman Catholic Church, serving as a lector for many years and volunteering in the Chaplain's Office at Fort Sam Houston.
The family would like to thank Corona Molina for the wonderful care provided over the last 5 years and also Vitas Hospice for the gentle care provided in the last days of his life.
Visitation to be Monday, April 1, 2013 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. with rosary at 7:00 p.m. at Sunset Memorial on Austin Highway.
Funeral mass to be held at 1:15 p.m., on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at the Main Post Chapel, 1605 Wilson Way, Fort Sam Houston, with internment to follow at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Warrior and Family Support Center of Fort Sam Houston, Sisters of Divine Providence at Our Lady of the Lake, or a
Condolences may be offered at http://www.sunsetfuneralhomesa.com
Published in The Town Talk on Mar. 31, 2013