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Lt. Col. Richard B. Deyo



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Date published: 3/10/2013

Lt. Col. Richard B. Deyo

Lt. Col. Richard Beale Deyo, 88, of Stafford County passed away Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at ManorCare of Arlington (hospice) of chronic kidney disease.

Beale was born in Salvia on June 16, 1924, to Richard and Rebecca Deyo. He attended Mount Zion Elementary School and graduated from Union High School in June 1943.

He was inducted into the Coast Guard on June 9, 1943. While serving in the Coast Guard he was based in the Pacific area: Honolulu, New Caledonia, Guadalcanal, Russell Islands and Guam, culminating with the invasion of Saipan/Tinian. After his discharge from the Coast Guard he met Bessie Barbara Byrd, and they were married in Boston, Mass., on June 16, 1946. In July 1947 Richard and Bessie started a family while he was attending Virginia State College in Petersburg, majoring in animal husbandry. While in college, Beale participated in Army ROTC and was commissioned in May 1950. He graduated from college in May 1951.

Richard spent many years working for the U.S. government in various capacities, his favorite being in foreign service (USAID). The family resided in countries such as Pakistan, Vietnam and Thailand. Richard retired from the government and from the U.S. Army and spent his final years with family and reuniting with past friends and associates.

Lt. Col. Richard Beale Deyo leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 66 years, Bessie Barbara Deyo; two sons, Richard Ruiz Deyo (Shakira) of Stafford, Steven Anthony Deyo (Angela) of Spotsylvania County; daughter Donna Marie Harbby of Franklinton, N.C.; sister Ercelle Byrd (Melvin) of Bowling Green; brother Boyd D. Deyo (Rebecca) of Bowling Green; two sisters-in-law, Louise Deyo of Bladensburg, Md., and Romaine Riley of Newton, Mass; five grandchildren, Saddia Renee Winston of Sunrise, Fla., Shacoyia Cintron Deyo of Stafford, Christian Harbby of Durham, N.C., Spencer Harbby of Franklinton, N.C., and Kayla Fobbs of Spotsylvania; four great-grandchildren, Darrian, Kimiko, Kaiko and Brandon Winston of Sunrise, Fla.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by a son, Allyn Duane Deyo; brother Russell B. Deyo; and brother-in-law Lawson L. Riley.

A service will be held at noon Friday, March 15, at Covenant Funeral Service, 1310 Courthouse Road, Stafford, Va. 22554. Burial will follow at 1:30 p.m. in Quantico National Cemetery. There will be no repast.

Online guest book is at covenantfuneralservice.com.