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
    Joy Harper & Family says:
    We send our love and prayers to your family. So very sorry for your loss of a very special man. God be with you and your family during this difficult time

  • September 20, 2013
    James Kramer says:
    I remember delivering your paper for a few years. Our Deepest sympathies to the family.

  • September 20, 2013
    JR & Anita Perkins says:
    Our prayers are with you all, may God bless and comfort each of you during this difficult time. All our love and prayers. JR & Anita Perkins

  • September 20, 2013
    Ann Platt says:
    Don was a "super" big brother...always ready with a smile, a hug, and/or guidance...my favorite memory is his riding his bike with me on the handlebars--I was 6--he was showing me the way to go from school to our new house. Guess that's why I always sought guidance from him. Already miss him!

  • September 24, 2013
    Hugh A. Koste says:
    May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. Our condolences to all in your family. -- Tony & Michael