Feb. 16, 1936 - Jan. 22, 2014
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SOUTH BEND - Sherwin H. DeVorkin, 77, passed away Wednesday evening, Jan. 22, 2014, after complications from surgery. He was born to Erwin T. and Ruth DeVorkin on February 16, 1936, in Mishawaka, IN. Surviving are his wife, Carol; and sons, Eric (Jill Pennebaker) and Kevin. Also surviving are his brother, Jerry, and his wife, Phyllis; along with his two nieces, Teri (Daniel) German and Lora (Michael) Black; and Sherwin's mother-in-law, Margaret "Peggy" Brown. Sherwin met Carol Brown in Michigan City. They fell in love and married on January 2, 1967. Sherwin has always enjoyed life. He graduated from Mishawaka High School in 1954, continuing on to Indiana University where he studied Journalism. He was a member of Zeta Beta Tau. After college, Sherwin pursued a career as a Sports Writer and Editor in Peru, IN, and then in South Haven, MI. In the mid-60s, Sherwin and his brother began their own business, DeVorkin Distributing Co., in Michigan City, supplying coin and stamp collecting items to retailers in a 150-mile radius. They then opened their own retail store in downtown Michigan City. After their father's passing, the brothers moved their business to Mishawaka, continuing to operate the Mishawaka News Agency. Shortly after, they began opening retail locations, Book World, Books Plus and Teri's Gifts. Sherwin worked tirelessly to promote Downtown Mishawaka. He was on the Board of the Downtown Mishawaka Business Association and was Chairman of the Downtown Mishawaka Sidewalk Days for many years. Jerry and Sherwin worked well together for over 40 years, and continued in business until they closed their University Park Mall store in 2004. Sherwin was a member of Temple Beth-El. He served on the Congregational Board, enjoyed ushering and working with the Youth Softball Team. His greatest joy was being a part of his sons' lives. He was so proud of the men they had become. Sherwin was also a 30-year member of the Monday Night Movie Club, four guys enjoying dinner and a movie, usually movies earning no more than 1 and a half stars. Always an animal lover, Sherwin was tolerant of his wife's many pets. He especially loved his Pugs. He thoroughly enjoyed a leisure breakfast at his favorite restaurants, deeply immersed in the daily newspaper. It is so hard to imagine life without him. He will always be in our hearts. Funeral services will be held at Temple Beth-El today at 1:00 pm. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Temple Beth-El's General Fund, or to the donor's favorite charity. Condolences to the family may be sent through www.McGannHay.com.
Published in South Bend Tribune on Jan. 24, 2014