Frank Victor Des Ilets died at his home on Jan. 26.
He was born at the family home on Riverside Drive in Burns on May 29, 1920, to Joseph Moise and Sara Elizabeth Des Ilets.
Des Ilets was home-schooled by his mother until the sixth grade, at which time he attended Burns Grade School. His mother died when he was 12, and then he attended school in California and Portland.
In 1941, Des Ilets was drafted. He worked at Meier and Frank in Portland until he was called for duty in the South Pacific, traveling to Australia, New Guinea, the Phillipines and Japan. When he returned to the United States in December, 1945, he married Virginia Dowling, whom he had met while working at Meier and Frank. They were married on June 1, 1946, and they lived in Burns since then.
Des Ilets was an officer in the American Legion and Burns Elks Lodge for several years. He also served on the draft board and was a participating partner of Burns Hines Cable Company and High Desert Microwave, which brought Portland and Boise television to Burns, Hines and Lakeview. He was also a member of the Sons of the Revolution.
Des Ilets’ hobbies included flying, building model airplanes, camping out in the hills, and family activities. He was a practicing accountant for more than 50 years in Burns, receiving his degree from LaSalle University in Chicago. He retired from his practice in 2005, due to ill health.
Des Ilets is survived by his wife, Virginia of Burns; sons, Rick of Burns and John of Gresham; daughter, Suzanne of Salem; grandchildren, Stephanie Krupicka of Molalla, Nic and Kristen Des Ilets of Burns; and great-grandchildren, Amber and Isaac Cobb of Molalla.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, John; and sisters, Pauline Henderson, Louise Thomas and Beatrice Carter.
A memorial service will be held at Pioneer Presbyterian Church on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 11 a.m. A private family internment will be held in the spring.
Contributions in Des Ilets’ memory by be made to Harney County Hospice or Pioneer Presbyterian Church.