Maurice "Bud" DeHon
Birth date: October 20, 1932
Death date: May 5, 2012
Maurice Bernard (Bud) DeHon, 79, was born in Vincennes, Indiana on October 20, 1932 to Louis DeHon Sr. and Anna Lorene (McHale) DeHon. He died on May 5, 2012 in his home in Vincennes, Indiana.
Preceding him in death were his parents; two brothers, Louis DeHon Jr. and James DeHon; a sister, Rita Durham-Fortner; and a nephew, Christian DeHon.
Surviving is his wife, LaVaughn (Raney) DeHon; a sister, Anna Louise (DeHon) Williams; a sister-in-law, Julia DeHon of Bloomington, IN; a brother-in-law, Kenny Fuller of Vincennes; and two nephews and one niece, and their families in Bloomington, IN.
A 1951 graduate of Lincoln High School, he had played basketball for three years for Chet Francis. He always looked forward to homecoming time. A Korean War veteran, he served one year and six months there, out of the two years he spent in the Army. Following his time in the service, he returned home and married LaVaughn Raney. On July 8, 2012, they would have been married 57 years. He was retired from Valley Electric Supply Company, where he had worked as a salesman.
Bud was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He had served as president of the St. John’s Men’s Club, and was active for many years in Catholic Schools activities and golf tournaments, to raise money for the schools.
A volunteer for the local Food Pantry through Generations, he also volunteered at the WWII Military Museum. For many years after retiring, he enjoyed driving veterans and friends to out of town appointments. A member of the Vincennes VFW, he served as Quartermaster for a few years. Bud was proud to be a lifetime member of the American Legion and was also a member of the 40et8. He proudly served on the local American Legion – VFW Firing Squad for military funerals, and was asked to be the Commander, a responsibility he took very seriously. In 2007, he was honored to be named the recipient of the Vincennes Spirit of 76 Award. A member of the Harmony Society, he served as president in the 1960’s. Bud was also a member of the Vincennes Civitan Club, where he served as president and was named Civitan of the Year in 1972. He also belonged to the local Elks Club, where he loved to golf and had two holes-in-one. Each day he looked forward to having breakfast with his good friends at the Olde Tyme Diner.
Bud was a devoted husband, brother, uncle, and a good friend to many people. He loved his neighbors like family. For many years, he helped a lot of people in many ways. Many times he said he felt compelled to help someone each day, “as it might be Jesus”.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. David Martin at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Thursday, May 10, at 11:00. The family will receive friends at Goodwin Funeral Home, 524 Broadway, from 4:00 – 7:00 on Wednesday. Interment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
Donations may be made to the American Legion –VFW All Weather Firing Squad. Online condolences may be sent to the family through goodwinfamilyfh.com.