Donald J. McDevitt

April 13, 1936 - September 19, 2013
Donald J. McDevitt

Donald J. McDevitt of Wilmington, passed away September 19, 2013 at the young age of 77.

Born April 13, 1936 in Effingham, IL, Don, as he was called by friends and family, was a “Jack of all Trades.” He had been a crop duster, a plantation care-taker, a special needs volunteer, an avid fisherman, a volunteer fireman, and he even served in the United States Air Force overseas in Korea. Before moving to Wilmington, North Carolina in 1983, Don also owned and ran his own business, McDevitt Roofing and Painting in Olney, IL for 20 years.

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

Don is leaving behind his wife of 53 years, Jane McDevitt, his five children, Daniel (Dewayne Baldwin) of Louisville, KY, James (Leonard Alderson) of Avon, IN, Donna Jones of Wilmington, NC, Joseph (Theresa) of Rocky Point, NC, and Dennis (Kelly) of Brookings, OR, twelve grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren. His siblings Rosemary Koste, Bill (Joyce) McDevitt, Ann Platt, Jane (Bob) Schutte of Effingham, IL, and Lee (Kim) McDevitt of Mattoon, IL will also mourn him, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

Donald McDevitt was a faithful and loving brother, husband, father, and friend. Those who have had the privilege to know him can only agree in saying that he will be missed dearly by all.

Cremation rites will be performed in Wilmington, NC as per Don’s final wishes.

The family will be holding a funeral mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Effingham, IL on September 28, 2013.

Visitation will be from 10-11 AM and Mass at 11AM. 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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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099


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  • September 21, 2013
    Joyce Turpen says:
    Dan, (& Dwayne) I am so sorry. When my Mom passed away, people kept telling me they were sorry for my "loss". A very sweet elderly pastor heard them telling me this & said "oh she is not lost, you know exactly where she is; in heaven & not suffering or hurting anymore". So I will not say anything about your loss. You will miss him greatly, but you can take comfort in the fact that he is in a GREAT place. My prayers & thoughts are with you guys @ this time!

  • September 22, 2013
    Bill Deane says:
    Dan, prayers and thoughts are with you and De, as with all your family.

  • September 21, 2013
    Samantha Thompson says:
    Little Tommy and I love you more than you know. I wish that he had the chance to grow up with you the way I did, but you raised your son very well and he will have a grandpa exactly like you! <3

  • September 24, 2013
    Ana says:
    I am so sorry for your loss. The Bible provides comfort during these difficult times. Revelation 21:3,4 states “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away”. Very soon now, we will never experience losing our loved ones in death. Hope these words give you a new hope.

  • September 20, 2013
    Melissa and James says:
    Donna, James and I are so sorry for your loss. Our love and prayers are with you always.