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Burton F. DeChant

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Title

Burton F. DeChant

Subject

Massanutten Military Academy (Woodstock, Shenandoah County, Va)
Military academies - Virginia - Woodstock
Military education - Virginia - Woodstock
Cadets - Virginia - Woodstock
DeChant, Burton F. (1908-1989)

Description

Portrait of MMA cadet Burton Franklin DeChant wearing his school’s uniform.

Burton was from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, one of five children born to Jacob William (1874-1948) and Mabel (Blough) (1874-1948) DeChant. His father worked for the Blough Manufacturing Company in 1920 and 1930.

After he graduated from Massanutten Military Academy in 1927, Burton went to Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. His name appeared as part of the Freshman class in the 1929 yearbook.

He married Jacqueline Alice (Neblett) (1913-1979) Dechant in New Jersey in 1935.

The couple lived first in Concord, PA, where, in 1940, Burton worked as a runner in a paper company.

Sometime after that, the couple moved to Florida where they remained for the remainder of their years together. They raised three children: Burton F. Jr., Richard J., and Jacqueline “Dutchess” De Chant.

Burton served in the U.S. Army as a Sergeant from 1944 to 1946.

Apart from his military service, Burton worked as a funeral director at Wilhelm Thurston Funeral Home in St. Petersburg for many years, retiring in 1974.

His obituary noted he was a member of the Massanutten Alumni Association when he died.

Creator

Morrison Studio

Source

Morrison Studio Collection - Shenandoah County Historical Society

Publisher

Shenandoah County Library

Date

Labelled "9/20/29" on box of plates.
Photograph taken ca. 1925

Contributor

Identified in 2024 utilizing information provided on Morrison Studio Collection image 018537 and utilizing the 1925 publication "The Massanutten Academy : a School preparing for College, the Universities, and Vocations, with Military Training."
Additional biographical information was compiled from public records, including his obituary published in the Tampa Bay Times on February 21, 1989, page 30.

Rights

IN COPYRIGHT - NON-COMMERCIAL USE PERMITTED

Relation

Burton F. DeChant appears in Morrison Studio Collection images 006361 and 018537.

Identifier

006361

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Glass Negative

Citation

Morrison Studio, “Burton F. DeChant,” Shenandoah County Library Archives, accessed July 16, 2024, https://archives.countylib.org/items/show/39349.

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