PLATTSBURGH — Francis G. Delumyea, 94, of Smart Street, Keeseville, formerly of Plattsburgh, died Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at his home under the loving care of his family and High Peaks Hospice of Essex County.
He was born in Plattsburgh, August 30, 1919, the son of Alexander and Rose (Facteau) Delumyea.
Francis graduated from Rouses Point High School, and served in the US Army from 1942 until his honorable discharge in 1945. Francis was in the Pacific and sent to Alaska where he worked on the construction of the Alaska Highway. He earned the Asian - Pacific Campaign Medal, American Campaign Metal and the World War II Victory Medal. Francis married Virginia Alger, Feb. 3, 1945 at the Lake Placid Club. Francis was active in the VFW, Boy Scouts, Bear Town Ski Center, and the North Country Honor Flight that recognizes the contribution and sacrifices made by Veterans who served in WWII.
In 1952 Francis and Virginia opened Plattsburgh Garden Center and together operated for 30 years, retiring in 1983. Francis and Virginia moved to Keeseville and traveled the US in their motor home during winter months, always returning to the North Country in the spring.
Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, Robert Delumyea and Cynthia of Smith Mountain Lake, Va., Chris Delumyea and Nancy of Truckee, Calif., and James Delumyea and Ann of Keeseville; grandchildren, Matthew (Ella, great-granddaughter) and Jonathon Delumyea, Michelle and Tyler Delumyea, Sara and Joshua Delumyea and David and Ryan Gunthie; niece, Marletta; and nephew, Leslie.
Francis was predeceased by Virginia in 2009, his wife of 64 years; his parents; brother, Nelson; and a son, Richard "Dr. Del" Delumyea, March 2004.
Calling hours will be held from 6 ot 7 p.m. Thursday, March 20, 2014 at Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru. Family members will offer words of remembrance at 7 p.m. at the Hamilton Funeral Home Chapel, with military honors to follow. Burial will be in the spring in St. Alexander's Cemetery in Morrisonville.
Donations in his memory may be made to the North Country Honor Flight, 1 Derek Drive, Keeseville, NY, 12944.
Arrangements are in the care of the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru, 643-9055. To light an online candle and offer condolences in the memory of Francis Delumyea please visit www.hamiltonfuneralhome.com