Wilburn K. DeBruler
Wilburn K. DeBruler, 84 of Edmond, OK, formerly of Pike County, died Thursday, July 7, 2011, in Edmond. He was born in Winslow, Indiana to William and Lucy DeBruler. He was a graduate of Winslow High School, Class of 1943.
After graduating a year early from Winslow High School, he joined the Navy with his parents permission. He served first as a frogman, then on the destroyer, the U.S.S. Wingfield DE-194 as a sonar man in the ETO and PTO during WWII.
He married the former Lois A. Bottom. He attended Oakland City College and graduated with his Juris Doctor from the University of Louisville, Ky and was later admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. After closing private practice in Petersburg, Indiana, DeBruler began his career in the FBI in 1956, He was assigned as a special agent in Mobile, Montgomery, Miami, St. Petersburg, and Tampa, then was promoted to supervisor in the Civil Rights Section. Anti-riot, and Bombing Unit. General Investigative Division FBIHQ in DC.
DeBruler served as assist agent in charge at Phoenix and Los Angles followed by a position as inspector in the Inspection Division at FBIHQ. He served as special agent in charge at Oklahoma City, Atlanta, and Detroit. He retired from the Bureau as assistant director of the Planning and Inspection Division at FBIHQ in Washington, DC. During his retirement, he was employed as hearing officer and general counsel for the Kentucky Personnel Board, Frankfort, KY.
Surviving are his wife, Lois; a daughter, Conya (Philip) Holcomb; a son, Byron (Wanda) DeBruler; a sister, Ruth McInturf of Tennessee; and one grand-daughter.
Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, July 11, 2011 at Hahn -Cook/Street and Draper Funeral home.