Joseph Debsky
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NORTH MYRTLE BEACH | Joseph Debsky, 85, died Friday, March 2, 2007 at Myrtle Beach Manor.

Born April 1, 1921 in Phillipsburg, Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late Steve and Pauline Debsky Sr.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, Mr. Debsky served his country during World War II from 1942 to 1946. He received the rank of Staff Sergeant while training for radio and signal corps at Ft. Meade, Md. and Shreveport, La. He was assigned to the 6th Army in 1944 as Comm. Chief at the battle of South Philippines. He was awarded the Philippines Liberation Ribbon, the Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Ribbon and Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with one Bronze Star.

He received a B.S. degree in music education from Indiana University of Pa. and a Master's in music ed. from Penn State University. He taught music in Elderton Joint Schools, Kittanning area schools and Oakmont and Riverview schools as instrumental and music teacher. He was in charge of Concert, Marching and Jazz Bands and general music in grades 4 to 12.

Mr. Debsky started his first band, Lanny Stevens, in 1940. After he retired in 1983 he formed another band, the Gentlemen of Swing Dance Orchestra, in 1986. It was a popular Big Band among the Grand Strand, N.C. and Georgia ballrooms.

He was secretary, vice president and president of the Elderton Lions Club and secretary of the Armstrong District Lions Club of Pa.

A member of VFW Post 10804 of North Myrtle Beach, he was also a member of Little River United Methodist Church.

Mr. Debsky leaves behind his wife of 52 years, Esther Debsky of North Myrtle Beach; one son, Barry Debsky of Conway; one daughter, Diane Skuza (Brian) of Atlanta; one brother, Steve Debsky; two sisters, Stella Zakesky and Ann Stanek; and two grandsons, Cameron and Cary Skuza.

He was predeceased by one brother, Alex Debsky.

Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, 2007 at Little River United Methodist Church. Inurnment will follow in the church columbarium. The family will receive friends immediately following the services in the Fellowship Hall.

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In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Little River United Methodist Church, PO Box 160, Little River, SC 29566 or InCare Hospice, 4685 Hwy 17. S. Bypass, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577.

Lee Funeral Home & Crematory of Little River/North Myrtle Beach is serving the family.
Published in The Sun News on Mar. 4, 2007.
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