PLATTSBURGH — John W. DeCourcy II, 79, of 5061 South Catherine St. died Friday morning, Dec. 17, 1999, at the Fletcher Allen Health Care Center in Burlington. Mr. DeCourcy was born in the Bronx on March 10, 1920 the son of John W. and Mary (MacClellan) DeCourcy.
He married the former Lucille Betts in Plattsburgh on Aug. 7, 1995. Mr. DeCourcy was a member of the First Baptist Church where he was Head Usher and a former Deacon. He was a member of American Legion Post 20, VFW Post 125, Clinton County Senior Citizens and the Plattsburgh Writers Guild. Mr. DeCourcy was a volunteer and played piano for the "Y Wee Care" day care program and also played piano for and sang with the "Top Shelf Chorus".
He was a World War II Army paratrooper serving in both the North African and European Theatres. He was a member of the 82nd Airborne from 1940 to 1945 and was wounded at Anzio Beach in Italy, receiving the Purple Heart. He had a forty-five year career as a salesman retiring from Hilton's Piano and Organ Co. in Saratoga Springs in 1980.
Survivors include his wife, Lucille; three sons, John Betts and his wife Barbara of Ocala, Fla.; William Betts and his wife, Katie, of Plattsburgh and Mathew DeCourcy and his wife, Melanie, of Orlando, Fla.; seven daughters, Bette Betts of Santa Fe, N.M.; Mrs. Michael (Lucy) Petrie of Franklin, Vt.; Dianne DeCourcy of Keeseville; Kathryn Betts of Plattsburgh; Patricia Stone of Queensbury; Keitha Lessard of Keeseville and Mrs. Jeffrey (Yvonne) Fulciniti of Bedford, N.H.; 20 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. A son, John W. DeCourcy III and a brother, Richard DeCourcy died earlier.
Calling hours will be held Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at theR.W. Walker Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held Monday at 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Churcl followed by burial in the Port Douglas Cemetery.
Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the First Baptist Church Memorial Fund in his memory.