PLAINVILLE - Roland Gary DeVoe passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, June 18, 2014.
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Born on Oct. 8, 1948, he was one of four sons to the late Roland DeVoe and Rita Turmelle. He was a 1968 graduate of Plainville High School. That same year he married the love of his life, Sharon C. Ciesielski, was drafted into the U.S. Army and on his first wedding anniversary was on his way to fight for his country in Vietnam. He was wounded in a surprise mortar attack for which he earned a Purple Heart Medal and returned to finish his service time at Fort Bragg, N.C.
Roland held several positions during his working years including jobs at New Britain Machine, Tetco, National Eastern Corporation and Peck Spring. Most of his career however, was spent as a machine assembler for The Goss & Deleeuw Machine Company of Kensington where he was the "go to" guy for machinery problems, even traveling to Chicago and Mexico to offer his expertise. Prior to his illness you could often find Roland outdoors chopping and splitting wood. He enjoyed fishing and riding motorcycles with his son Kevin. Later in life he also found a love of animals and was happy surrounded by his pack of "pups," Brady, Butler, Braveheart, Berry, Buttons, and Buddy (who sadly passed just this Mother's Day).
Besides his loving wife Sharon, he is survived by his adored children, his son, Kevin G. DeVoe; and his daughter, Dawn Marie Sargis and her husband, David, of Plainville. Pepe' also leaves his cherished grandchildren, Brandon and Jacob Sargis, of Plainville. He is also survived by his brothers, Robert DeVoe and his wife, Lita, of Tennessee, Karl DeVoe, of Rocky Hill, Mark DeVoe and his wife, Nancy, of Plainville; and several nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank Kathy O'Neil, APRN of the VA for her compassionate care over the last several years. They would also like to thank the staff of VITAS Home Hospice for their care and compassion for Roland and his family during his final days.
Bailey Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. There were no calling hours. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations in Roland's memory can be made to the CT Humane Society. For online expressions of sympathy, please visit www.Bailey-FuneralHome.com.
Bailey Funeral Home, Inc.
48 Broad Street
Plainville, CT 06062
Published in Plainville Citizen on July 10, 2014