James DeBias Obituary

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James Richard DeBias

April 2, 1946 - September 14, 2013
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James R. DeBias, 67, of Hayward, passed away suddenly September 14, 2013. Jim was born April 2, 1946 to Doris DeBias-Ciadella and Joseph DeBias, at St Francis Hospital in Blue Island, IL. After graduating from Eisenhower High School he joined the United States Marines Corps. Serving in the Vietnam War from 1964-1968 he received the Navy Commendation Metal and was awarded the Purple Heart for heroic action in combat. After his two tours of duty in Vietnam, giving him the nickname Jimmy Two Tours, he received an Honorable Discharge in September 1968. Jim was proud of his service and to be a Marine. After his discharge at the age of...
James R. DeBias, 67, of Hayward, passed away suddenly September 14, 2013.

Jim was born April 2, 1946 to Doris DeBias-Ciadella and Joseph DeBias, at St Francis Hospital in Blue Island, IL. After graduating from Eisenhower High School he joined the United States Marines Corps. Serving in the Vietnam War from 1964-1968 he received the Navy Commendation Metal and was awarded the Purple Heart for heroic action in combat. After his two tours of duty in Vietnam, giving him the nickname Jimmy Two Tours, he received an Honorable Discharge in September 1968. Jim was proud of his service and to be a Marine.

After his discharge at the age of 22, he worked at different occupations, settling into the credit and finance business. He was joined in marriage to Effie(Weyer) on May 19, 1979 enjoying 34 loving and always eventful, years together. They lived in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, moving just when Jim finished his remodeling projects. In 1999, they moved to Hayward to enjoy the serenity of the area. After retiring, Jim kept busy by tending bar at two of the local supper clubs, volunteering at the hospital, working part time at WHSM, and tinkering in his workshop. Jim had a tool for everything, and was always excited to expand his collection.

As a teen Jim was a member of the Royal Aires Drum and Bugle Corps. He was a strong supporter of the disabled American Veterans and the Marine Corps Association. He was a Lifetime Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars where he served as Commander to the Blue Island VFW Post 3580 in 1979-1980 and was a member of the American Legion: Spring Brook Chapter.

Left to cherish his memories are his wife, Effie; his children, Gary DeBias and Julie Thomas-DeBias(Kentucky); grandchildren, Michael, Christopher, Melanie, Cassidy; brothers, Thomas, Naperville, IL, Michael Johnston, Hastings, MI; family, Lorraine Dilley, Herbert (Norine) Weyer, Charlotte Bruno, Edna (Eric) Haupt; step-father Carmen Ciadella. He was "Uncle Jim" to many nieces and nephews. He loved his loyal pets Ellie and Sara.

James was preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Doris; father & mother in-law Herbert & Lillian Weyer.

A celebration to honor Jim's life will be held at a later date. Interment will be in the Arlington National Cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to North Woods Humane Society in Hayward.

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