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Donald ‘Don’ J. McDevitt, 77, ‘Jack of all trades’

A true “Jack of all trades,” Donald J. McDevitt, better known as Don, tried his hand at many talents.

He was the owner of McDevitt Roofing and Painting, a business he ran for 20 years in Olney, Ill. He was a crop duster and a plantation caretaker. In his spare time he was a volunteer firefighter and special needs volunteer. Mr. McDevitt was an avid fisherman and served in the U.S. Air Force overseas in Korea.

He was born April 13, 1936, in Effingham, Ill., and died Sept. 19, 2013, at the age of 77.

Whether he was fishing or roofing, fighting fires or dusting crops, one thing was constant: his love for his family. Mr. McDevitt was a faithful and loving husband, father, brother and friend. Those who had the privilege of knowing Don agree, he will be dearly missed.

Mr. McDevitt is survived by his wife of 53 years, Jane McDevitt; his five children: Daniel (Dewayne Baldwin) of Louisville, Ky., James (Leonard Alderson) of Avon, Ind., Donna Jones of Wilmington, Joseph (Theresa) of Rocky Point, and Dennis (Kelly) of Brookings, Ore.; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; siblings Rosemary Koste, Bill (Joyce) McDevitt, Ann Platt, Jane (Bob) Schutte of Effingham, Ill., Lee (Kim) McDevitt of Mattoon, Ill.; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilbert and Paulene McDevitt; sister Virginia Dasenbrock; brothers Danny and George McDevitt; twin brother Gene McDevitt; granddaughter Taylor McDevitt; and his son-in-law, Sgt. 1st Class Douglas W. Jones.

Cremation rites will be performed in Wilmington as per Mr. McDevitt’s final wishes. The family will hold a funeral Mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Effingham, Ill., on Sept. 28. Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m., with Mass at 11 a.m. There will be a luncheon after the service.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Heart Association, Hospice and/or AMFAR charities.

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