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Charles William "Bill" DeHaven, 86, Peru, passed away Wednesday, May 24, 2017. He was born at home in rural Miami County on Oct. 24, 1930, to Florence and Corbett DeHaven.
He was a graduate of Peru High School. He served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. He later retired in 1990 after a 37-year career at Dana Corp. in Marion.
He was a member of the Moose Lodge in Peru, and a past commander of American Legion Post 14 in Peru.
On Dec. 21, 1952, he married Roberta Jean Howard, who preceded him in death after 61 years of marriage. The two of them enjoyed playing bingo and wintering in Florida.
He personally had a lifetime love of anything that flew. He would read about, watch, or ride in anything that would lift off the ground. During his life, he rode in hot air balloons, Stearman open cockpit biplanes, P-51 Mustangs, seaplanes, and numerous military aircraft.
Bill is survived by one son and three daughters, Jeff and Tania (Whybrew) DeHaven, Terry (Daniel) Wilson, Jeananne (Pat) McKinley, and Judy (Karl) Mattingly; nine grandchildren, Kristie (Brett) Bryan, Aaron (Jana) Wilson, Jason McKinley, Josh (Jessica) McKinley, Jon McKinley, Erin (Seth) Alford, Jennifer (Eric) Hainlen, Josh (Desa) DeHaven and Connor Mattingly; 12 great-grandchildren; two brothers; and two sisters.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepfather; two sisters; a son-in-law, and a grandson.
Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 31, 2017, at Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home, 105 W. Third St., Peru. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 1, 2017, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Grissom Air Museum or the American Diabetes Association. Arrangements have been entrusted to Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home. Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.FlowersLeedyAllen.com.
Published on May 26, 2017
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