DeVon Lee Hough, 84, Indianapolis, formerly of Kokomo, passed away at 3:38 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, at Brookdale Place at Willow Lake in Indianapolis after an extended battle with Alzheimer’s. He was born in Michigan City on Jan. 1, 1929, to the late Chalmer and Pauline (Deck) Hough. His late wife, Phyllis (Oberlin) Hough, passed away on April 13, 1988.
DeVon graduated from Butler High School and attended Tri-State University in Angola, and then further continued his education with specialized training in the Navy. His Navy career began in 1953 as an active-duty sailor aboard the USS Pine Island, a sea plane tender that saw duty in the China service area. A former chief electronics technician, he was commissioned a warrant officer in 1967. Some of his many assignments included electronics maintenance officer, COMPHIBRON 212, Command Amphibious Forces II, and the executive officer of a telecommunications unit. A 31-year veteran of the Navy and Naval Reserve, he retired in January 1989 as a CWO 4. He served primarily in the Asiatic theater, in the Formosa Patrol Force and then in the Reserves at various duty stations around the U.S. and overseas before retiring. When DeVon retired, he was a training department administrative officer at the Navy and Marine Corps Reserve Center in Indianapolis. He was a life member and past Commander of VFW Post 8035, and a member of the American Legion Post 177, along with the Naval Reserve Association and Fleet Reserve Association.
DeVon and his family moved to Kokomo in 1965. As a civilian, he worked at Delco Radio as a draftsman in the test equipment design department. He was associated with Delco for 32 years before retiring. He was a longtime member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Kokomo. He enjoyed and took great pride in being a part of the Military Rights 8035 and 1152 in Kokomo. He also enjoyed working on cars. Later in life, DeVon enjoyed the relationship that he shared with a special friend, Herta Fischer, of Germany, whom he met at the VFW 1152. They enjoyed a courtship that lasted for nine years.