Bernard Lee DeGrave (1922 - 2013)

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Bernard Lee DeGrave
Bernard Lee DeGrave passed away peacefully November 10, 2013
Bernard was born February 16, 1922, in Yakima, WA to Roy and Lenore "Betty" DeGrave. He spent his childhood in Wapato WA where he lived and worked on an apple orchard. His family moved to Ellensburg, WA for his high school years where he graduated from Ellensburg High. Bernard joined the Navy right after high school in 1940. He served on the USS Montgomery where he survived the attack on Pearl Harbor. He also served on the USS Tasker H. Bliss where they were torpedoed and sunk off the North coast of Africa. He returned to the USA where he served on the ferry crew transporting ships from one coast to the other. His final WWII assignment was on the USS Las Vegas Victory in the Pacific Ocean theatre where they passed ammunition to ships and survived a close call with a Kamikaze attack before the end of the war.
When he returned home from the war, he worked for the Washington State Department of Agriculture in the Colville WA area. He was called back into service for a year of the Korean War and served at a communication center on Bainbridge Island. He returned to the Dept. of Agriculture in Bellingham where he met and married Cecelia A. Closson. They moved to Vancouver, WA where they raised their sons and retired.
In his retirement, he enjoyed travelling with Cecelia. He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus and various veterans' organizations such as Pearl Harbor Survivors and 40 et 8. He was also an active member of the Retired Public Employees Association.
Bernard is survived by his sons Brian (Julie) of Vancouver, WA, Kent (Janet) of Bothell, WA and Kevin (Sharon) of Ferndale, WA; grandchildren Kimberly (Ryan) Crabtree, Sarah DeGrave, Christopher Ostrom and Olivia DeGrave; and Bernard's niece and nephews.
Bernard was preceded in death by his parents, twin sister Barbara L. (DeGrave)Thurman and wife Cecelia.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes in Vancouver, WA on November 23, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.
Funeral arrangements by Hamilton-Mylan Funeral Home 302 West 11th Street Vancouver, WA 98660.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to: Knights of Columbus Council 1327 Scholarship Fund PO Box 61536 Vancouver, WA 98666-1536

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Hamilton-Mylan Funeral Home, Inc. - Vancouver
302 W. 11th Street
Vancouver, WA 98660
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Published in Daily Record from Nov. 16 to Nov. 23, 2013
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