CENTERBURG — William VanBuren “Junior” Deskins Jr., 86, of Centerburg, went home to Heaven on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, from St. Ann’s Hospital.
He was born June 9, 1927, in Gilbert, W.Va., to the late William VanBuren and Betty N. (Addair) Deskins. A resident of Centerburg since 2005, Junior was a past member of the Centerburg Church of God.
Retired from Meijer Stores in 2004, he also worked for the Armstrong Furnace Co. which later became Magic Chef. He served three tours (12 years) in the military, one each with the U.S. Navy during World War II, the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict, and the U.S. Air Force during the Cold War era.
He is survived by a son, Craig Deskins of Columbus; a daughter, Anita (John) Wallace of Fountain Inn, S.C.; three grandchildren, Jewel and Sarah Wallace and Christopher Deskins; sisters, Cledith Stewart of Centerburg. Freda Jennings of Westerville, Helen (Elmer) Ball of Centerburg; brothers, William A. “Bill” (Eleanor) Deskins of Westerville; Irvin E. (Ruby) Deskins of Mount Vernon; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Edward, Homer, Denver, George, Mackey and Eugene Deskins; and a sister, Cleo Mahoney.
Friends may call today from 5 to 8 p.m. at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Ohio 3 at Ohio 61, Sunbury, where a funeral service will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. Pastor Jeffrey Perry will officiate. Interment will follow in Eastview Cemetery, Centerburg, with military honors rendered by the American Legion Young-Budd Post 171, Westerville.
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