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Delver F. "Del" Dever

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Delver F. "Del" Dever Obituary
Dever, Delver F. "Del" Of Naples, FL, formerly of Highland Park, IL. Passed away March 18, 2014 at Naples Community Hospital. Del was born in Highland Park on December 5, 1924 and raised in Highwood, IL. He was the son of Evan J. Dever, former Mayor of Highwood and Esther Swanson Dever of the Swanson family who were early settlers of the Highwood area which was then known as the Village of Fort Sheridan. Del attended the Oak Terrace Grammar School and graduated from. Highland Park High School. He also attended Northern Illinois State University and graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science. During World War II, Del served in the United States Navy aboard LST 290 (Landing Ship Tank) as a Pharmacist Mate. He participated in the D-Day Invasion of France at Omaha Beach, Normandy. The ship served as a carrier of equipment and Army personnel in the invasion of France. Upon its return from the beachhead, it became a first line hospital ship carrying wounded. In March of 2012, Del was awarded the French Legion of Honor by appointment of the President of France through the French Ambassador to the United States, with this quote: "The people of France will never forget your courage and devotion to the cause of freedom." Upon Del's return to the United States after the war, he continued his education and became a licensed Funeral Director. At this time he became a partner in the Kelley & Spalding Funeral Home in Highland Park where he served the North Shore community for 45 years. Del was a Past President of the Northeastern Funeral Directors Association, Past President of the Illinois Funeral Directors Association, a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, the National Selected Morticians and the Order of the Golden Rule. Locally he was a former president of the Kiwanis Club of Highland Park, Past Master of A.O. Fay No. 676 Masonic Lodge, an elder of the Highland Park Presbyterian Church, and served as a lecturer at the National Foundation of Funeral Service. He was a Life Member of Highland Park's VFW Post 4737. Upon Del's retirement from Kelley & Spalding Funeral Home he became director of Corporate Affairs for Wilbert, Inc. Wilbert, Inc. manufactured concrete burial vaults, plastics, adhesives and had licensees throughout the United States and Canada. In this capacity, Del represented the home office to the licensees at all of their locations. Del is survived by his wife of 61 years, Lois Lindblom Dever, who was born and raised in Highland Park, a member of the Lindblom family who were early settlers in the community. Also surviving are three children, Wendy of AZ, Christopher of UT and Laurel Sprow (Darren) of Wauconda, IL. He was preceded in death by son, Jeffrey of Naples FL. Also, he is survived by grandchildren, Megan of AZ and Spencer of Wauconda and Quincy, IL. Also surviving is a brother, John Evan Dever (Jean) of Laguna Hills, CA; nephew, Todd and two nieces, Linda Omdahl and Susan Doyle. Del and Lois moved to Marco Island, Florida where they had maintained a residence and later moved to a home at Cedar Hammock Golf & Country Club where he became more interested in golfing. More recently, they moved to Aston Gardens at Pelican Marsh Independent Living. Del was a former member of the Vanderbilt Country Club. He also renewed his interest in oil painting. Del was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church on Marco Island. He wag also a Charter Member of The National World War II Memorial, Washington D.C. in addition to being a Charter Member of The National WWII Museum in New Orleans. Visitation was from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Friday, March 21, 2014 at the Kristan Funeral Home P.C., 219 W. Maple Ave. (two blocks west of Route 45 on Route 176), Mundelein. Funeral service was 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 22, 2014 at the funeral home. Interment followed in Ivanhoe Cemetery, Mundelein. Memorial donations may be made to the Wesley United Methodist Church, 350 S. Barfield Dr., Marco Island, FL 34145. For information, visit www.kristanfuneralhome.com or call 847-566-8020.
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication from Apr. 10 to Apr. 16, 2014
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