Loren DeWaele

WALNUT — Loren August DeWaele, 86, of 315 Depot St., Walnut, died Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009, at Walnut Manor Nursing Home in Walnut.

Born Oct. 19, 1923, in Yorktown to August and Florence (Becker) DeWaele, he married V. Marjorie Johnson March 10, 1946, at the Christian Church parsonage in Walnut. She survives.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He worked as a mechanic for more than 60 years and had worked for Fink Motors and most recently for Fisch Motors in Walnut, retiring in 2005.

He was a member of Walnut American Legion Post 179 for more than 50 years and was a volunteer fireman and EMT with the Walnut Fire Department for more than 50 years. He also was a scout leader.

Also surviving are two sons, Larry DeWaele and Darell (Brenda) DeWaele, both of Walnut; one daughter, Linda Jeandrevin of Ontario, Calif.; two sisters, Zulma (Babe) Rote and Anna (Herb) Fridge, both of Walnut; two brothers, George DeWaele of Walnut and Robert (Shirley) DeWaele of Florida; two sisters-in-law, Lenore and Ellen DeWaele, both of Walnut; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two grandchildren, August LaVerne and Tonya Nicole DeWaele in infancy; three brothers, Herbert, Lyman and Richard DeWaele; one sister, Arlene; and a special friend, Curt Boyce.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Garland Funeral Home, Walnut, with the Rev. Brian Moore, pastor of the First Christian Church of Walnut, officiating. Military rites will be accorded by Walnut American Legion Post 179. Cremation rites will be accorded after the services. Burial of cremains will be in the Walnut Cemetery at a later date.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be directed to the Walnut Fire Department or the First Christian Church of Walnut.

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