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Kermit Daywalt, HMCM, USN (Ret.)

Kermit Daywalt, HMCM, USN, Retired, was born in Oregon City, Oregon, on September 14, 1920, and passed away June 30, 2013 at Tallahassee, FL from natural causes. He was 92. He was the only child of Wilson and Caroline Daywalt.

He attended grade school at Clackamas, Oregon, high school in Newport, Oregon, and two years of college at Pacific College, Newberg, Oregon, where he was a football and track letterman. He quit college and joined the US Navy at the beginning of World War II. In March, 1946, he married his first wife, Barbara Louise Moore, in Miami, Florida. To this union of 40 years, three children were born, Theodore, Caroline and Susan. Barbara Daywalt then died in May of 1986. He later finished his undergraduate degree at FSU after retirement.

During his 30-year naval career he saw action with the 1st. Marine Division, served on seven ships, four Naval hospitals, and Commander Service Force Five, Hawaii, as an administrator for the medical departments of a 35-ship squadron. Upon retiring from the Navy, he worked a year as the administrator for Jacksonville Podiatry, and then began a career with the State of Florida, Department of HRS, Medicaid system as a program consultant, which entailed traveling the state reviewing hospitals physicians, nursing homes and pharmacies.

Kermit served in many civic activities and organizations. He was a lifetime member of the Masons, Marzuq Shrine, past President of Fleet Reserve, past Commander of the Disabled Veterans, Past Nobel Grand of the ODD Fellows, and other organizations. He was a member of Lafayette Presbyterian Church and installed as a Deacon of the church.

On completion of his second career he retired in Tallahassee at Westminster Oaks with his second wife, Bernice, of 24 years, who passed in 2010, and is buried in Miami, Florida with her first husband. Both wives died of cancer. He leaves as survivors: his son, Theodore Daywalt, Captain US Navy, and his wife Belinda, of Roswell, Georgia; a daughter, Caroline Cooke, and her husband Antony, of Capistrano Beach, California; a daughter, Susan Raymond, and her husband Kevin, of Havana, Florida.

He is also survived by Sarah Melissa Daywalt, granddaughter of Marietta, Georgia; Andrew Paul Daywalt, grandson of Atlanta, Georgia; Shanon Tara Raymond, granddaughter of Tallahassee, Florida and Peyton Avery Raymond-Volz; great granddaughter of Tallahassee, Florida, and Vera Moses, sister-in-law and her husband, Robert Moses of Miami, Florida. All total he is survived by seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

The funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM, EDT, Friday, August 9th at Bevis Funeral Home in Tallahassee. Burial, with military honors will follow at Roselawn Cemetery, Piedmont Drive, also in Tallahassee.

Gifts in memory of Mr. Daywalt may be made to the Shriner's Hospitals for Children, c/o Marzuq Shrine Center, 1805 North Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL 32303.

BEVIS FUNERAL HOME of Tallahassee (850/385-2193 or is assisting the Daywalt family with their arrangements.



Published in Tallahassee Democrat on July 4, 2013
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