He served with the 82nd Airborne in North Africa during WWII. He was a hard working business man for many years. He ran the Dumas Gulf Station, Dumas Texaco, and finally, Dumas Used Cars and Drop It and Lock It Storage Units, for 37 years. He served as a Deacon at the First Presbyterian Church of Port Lavaca. He also worked with Boy Scout Troop 243. He was very active in civic affairs in his earlier years. He was a charter member and president of the Kiwanis Club of Port Lavaca, Commander of VFW Post 4403, and worked with the Salvation Army. His wife and family meant the world to him, and it was evident in his everyday life. He was a selfless man and gave his all in everything he did. As Tom Brokaw would say, “His generation was one of the greatest.” He leaves behind a wonderful legacy that will live on through his family always.
He is survived by his wife; children, Duwayne Dumas (Tisha) and Cathy Stapp (Paul); grandchildren, Chris Dumas (Jenny), Jason Dumas (Cari), Ashley Barecky (Aaron), and Ross Stapp; and six great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his great-granddaughter, Alaina Barecky; parents; sisters, LaVern Byars and Cleda Lewis; and brothers, Ed Dumas and Dalton Dumas.
Visitation was held Monday, March 10, 2014, from 5-7 p.m. at Richardson-Colonial Funeral Home in Port Lavaca. Funeral Services were held Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at 2 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Bill Swain officiating. Interment with military honors under the auspices of the Calhoun County Veterans Joint Honor Guard followed in Greenlawn Gardens.
Pallbearers were Chris Dumas, Jason Dumas, Aaron Barecky, Tyler Dumas, Dylan Dumas and Chuck Jennings.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of South Texas.
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