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 22, 2013
    Trish Hucks says:
    It is with great sadness that I send this. I loved Don, Jane and all of the family that I have had the pleasure of meeting and knowing. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Don was a such a great person and I loved him and I'm so happy that I had the pleasure of knowing him and your family. He will be missed by so many and he cooked the best fish that I have ever eaten. I was always so excited to be invited over. I will always remmeber those times and smile when I think of the good food, playing with the puppies and just laughing so much during the visit. Dan, thank you so much for letting me know and please tell Jane I send my love to her and all of you. Trish Hucks

  • September 21, 2013
    Joseph and Theresa McDevitt says:
    Dad, you are always in our hearts. We love you.