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Frank C. Deubell, 72, a retired Buffalo police homicide detective, died Friday (Oct. 24, 1997) in Mercy Hospital after a sudden illness.

Deubell grew up in South Buffalo, where he attended School 70 and graduated from South Park High School. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

After the war, he joined the Police Department and served for 35 years, retiring in 1987. Among his honors were the 1977 Man of the Year Award from the State Moose Association and Top Law Enforcement Officer for Buffalo and New York State in 1977. He was a member of the Police Benevolent Association and South Buffalo Irish Center.

His wife, Catherine Doyle Deubell, died in 1971. He is survived by his fiancee, Judy Ryion; three sons, Frank D., Daniel J. and Francis D.; three daughters, Catherine Bennett, Dorothy M. and Susan L. Deubell-Andres of Houston; seven brothers, Robert, Raymond, Thomas, James, David, Peter and Gary; two sisters, Joan Kolb and Patricia Conwall; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Tuesday in St. Teresa's Catholic Church. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Lackawanna.

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