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John L. Devos

1935 - 2012 Obituary Condolences
John L. Devos Obituary
John Louis Devos, 77, Union, passed away Thursday, May 17, 2012, in Union.

Mr. Devos was born March 22, 1935, in Charleroi, Belgium, the son of the late Joseph Devos and wife Jeanne, nee Wellens.

He moved from Belgium to Leadington at the age of 11. Mr. Devos graduated from Esther High School and went on to receive a bachelor's degree in history and education from Missouri State University.

Mr. Devos was united in marriage to Mabel Hall Feb. 9, 1963, and the couple made their home in Union. He taught at De Soto High School and later at Union High School from 1965 to 1995.

He was very active in the Union community. He was on the founding board for the Union Ambulance District in 1969, as well as a founding member of the Union Optimist Club. Mr. Devos was active with the Ambulance Board, Union Fair Board, Union Jaycees, Union R-XI Foundation, Union School Board and Boy Scouts. He served as CTA president and scoutmaster.

Mr. Devos also was awarded the Educator of the Year award at the 1981 Distinguished Service Awards Banquet and the Long Haul Award in 2008.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mabel Devos; his parents; and one stepsister, Edna Rowena Kiesler.

Mr. Devos is survived by three sons, John Devos and wife Carolinn, Nixa, Andrew Devos and Joseph Devos and wife Rebecca, all of Union; three foster children, Donna Bufford, El Segundo, Calif., Ed "Butch" Gibson and wife Gayle, Las Vegas, Nev., and Charlotte Klepper and husband Wayne, Union; six grandchildren, Nicole, Ukko, Tyche, Kalki, Ndrain and Amyrth Kaeli Devos; six foster grandchildren, Shannon Schroeder, Nathan Klepper, Cheri Bufford, Aaron Bufford, Jennifer Halterbeck and Dean Gibson; nieces; nephews; other relatives and many friends.

A funeral service was held Saturday, May 19, at Oltmann Funeral Home, Union, with the Rev. Kevin Schmittgens officiating.

Burial was private.

Memorials to the Union R-XI Foundation are preferred.

To send condolences to the family visit www.oltmannfuneralhome.com.

The family was served by Oltmann Funeral Home, Union.
Published in www.emissourian.com/ on May 23, 2012
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