Lois A. DeBruler – WHS Class 1943 – January 30, 2016
Lois A. DeBruler – October 23, 1924 – January 30, 2016
Lois A. DeBruler of Edmond, Oklahoma, passed on with loved ones at her side, January 30, 2016, at the age of 91. Funeral services will be held at 11am on Thursday, February 4, at Hahn-Cook / Street & Draper in Oklahoma City. She will be laid to rest next to her husband, Wilburn K. DeBruler at Gracelawn Cemetery in Edmond, Oklahoma.
Lois was born to Everett Bottom and Edna Bernice Pipes of Pike County, Indiana, followed by her sister Lelah and brother Doyle. Following high school graduation Lois aided the war efforts by assembling radio tubes for Kenrad while her high school sweetheart Wilburn K. DeBruler served in the US Navy. The two married on May 9, 1947. At the end of the war Lois had urged Wil to attend college; the two worked as a team to get Wil through college, law school, and ultimately through the FBI Academy-Lois taking a job as a bookkeeper for various companies throughout this time. Wilburn often stated through the years Lois had earned degrees alongside him as he believed he could not have achieved what he did without her.
Wil’s FBI career took Lois and their children Conya and Byron throughout the US. As the key member of the family, Lois took her jobs as supportive wife and mother very seriously ALWAYS putting family first often being the sole parental support for the children due to the nature of Wil’s career. She regarded each of their moves as a new adventure and opportunity to experience our great country. Being the outgoing person she was, Lois managed to settle her family in each new place with ease, making new friends and a new home fast, and inspiring her family to do the same. She befriended other agents’ wives, often helping them adjust to the demands of Bureau life encouraging their independence. Lois always considered being a good wife and a good mother to be her greatest achievements.
Following her husband Wil’s retirement as Assistant Director of the Planning and Inspection Division at FBIHQ in Washington, DC, Lois and Wil settled in Louisville, Kentucky, to be near their daughter and her family. And, after Wil’s retirement from the Kentucky Personnel Board, the two would ultimately settle in Edmond, Oklahoma, to be near their son and his wife. In her leisure time Lois enjoyed playing contract and duplicate bridge. And she absolutely loved to play golf often serving as an officer in various Ladies Associations.
Lois A. DeBruler was the best wife, mother, mother-in-law, and Grandmommy in all the world. And it is hoped that she carries that with her forever just as we will.
Lois is survived by her daughter Conya Holcomb and her husband Phillip, her son Byron DeBruler and his wife Wanda, and her granddaughter Bronwynn Tingler and her husband Jesse. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association or to the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI Foundation. Arrangements under the direction of Hahn-Cook/Street & Draper Funeral Directors, Oklahoma City, OK.