PALM DESERT, Calif. — Major Norman DeVoe, 90, passed away on Aug. 23, 2012, in Palm Desert. He was born to Don and Pearl DeVoe in Onaga, Kan., on Oct. 15, 1921. After joining the Army in 1937, Norman applied for the Army Air Corps pilot program. During his 20-plus years of service in the armed forces, Norman earned many awards, among them the National Defense Service Medal and the Air Force Longevity Service Award. Norman was assigned to campaigns traveling through Germany, Great Britain, and the Philippines flying such planes as B-17s, C-54s, and C-47s. After his retirement, Norman established a home base in Billings with his first wife, Gladys. Norman spent his civilian years earning a master’s degree in education and subsequently becoming the head of School District 2’s Adult Education Program.
Grandpa Norm, as he is fondly remembered as by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, was an avid hunter and enjoyed reading, fishing and metal engraving.
Norman is survived by sister Donna Evans of Tucson, Ariz.; daughter Jean Berkeley and son-in-law Ed Berkeley of Rancho Mirage, Calif.; grandchildren Michael Berkeley of Bermuda Dunes, Calif., Michelle Cazares of Desert Hot Springs, Calif., and Lisa Berkeley of Palm Desert; seven great-grandchildren. Norman was preceded by wife Gladys DeVoe and second wife, Grace DeVoe.
Graveside services will be held at Lavina Cemetery in Lavina, Mont., on Sept. 8, 2012, at 11 a.m.