Abram DeVaul Obituary

Abram   DeVaul
Abram DeVaul
Abram DeVaul

June 19, 1932 - February 3, 2018
Resided in Chattanooga, TN
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Abram (Abe) McLain DeVaul Jr. was born June 19, 1932 in Rolfe Iowa, the third of four children, and first son of Flossie Day DeVaul and Abram McLain DeVaul. Abram Sr. passed away due to a heart condition and complications from pneumonia when Abe was but 3 years old. Raised by his mother and grandmother, he learned early in life the value of family, honor, and commitment. He was a graduate of Rolfe Consolidated School district and valedictorian of the class of 1950. Abe Jr signed up after graduation for the Iowa National Guard and was activated for duty in September of 1950 where he was placed in the 149th field artillery and sent overseas. It was in this time of service that he began to develop engineering skills learned as an artillery fire direction computer and survey supervisor that would lead him ultimately to his career.

Following his discharge from service in July 1952, he enrolled at Iowa State College, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering in June 1956. He was a member of multiple honor societies including Tau Beta Pi, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Eta Sigma, and Tau Lambda Rho. It was at this time, while on a blind date, he met Louise Cundiff, then a beautiful young accounting student attending AIB in Des Moines. They were married in September 1956. Their only child, John was born in 1965. John currently resides with his wife Jennifer and son Taylor outside of Chattanooga Tn.

Abe accepted a position with Pittsburgh -Des Moines Steel Company in 1956, and advanced to the position of Senior Design Engineer before his retirement from PDM in 1996. His contributions can be seen all over Iowa and across the United States in the form of elevated water tanks that to this day still supply many rural communities.
After retirement, Abe and Louise loved to travel, and have been on many amazing journeys together. They knew how to live simply, and planned well for their future. Abe and Louise were both members of First United Methodist Church from 1959 until Louise passed from this world in 2011. A few years after this time, Abe moved to Tennessee to live with his son and family.

In the three and a half years in Chattanooga, he touched many lives and was a true example of an ongoing work of Christ. He was a volunteer at his new church home and greeted friends and strangers alike with a gracious smile and an eagerness to tell everyone his story. He taught us much about perseverance and humility.
Abe left this world to dance with Jesus on February 3, 2018. He was met by his wife, his parents, brother Frank, and sisters Virginia and Vera. We will miss him, but rejoice in the hope that he has in Jesus, and will carry on the legacy he has left for the future generations.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Friday, February 16, 2018, with services at 11:00 am Saturday, Feb 17, 2018 at Westover Funeral Home in Des Moines. Contributions may be made to Hope Ministries of Des Moines, in memory of Abram DeVaul, P.O. Box 862, Des Moines, Iowa 50304 or via website at www.hopeiowa.org.

Arrangements by ~ Westover Funeral Home

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Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Friday, February 16, 2018
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Saturday, February 17, 2018
11:00 AM


Hope Ministries
P.O. Box 862
Des Moines, IA 50304-0862