Clarence E. Divine
1925 - 2021
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Clarence E. Divine

Born: August 10, 1925; DeKalb

Died: February 12, 2021; Rochelle

Clarence Edward Divine, of Cortland, died peacefully Friday, February 12, 2021 at Liberty Village of Rochelle in Rochelle IL after breaking his hip in October of 2020 followed by heart complications.

Clarence was born on August 10, 1925, in DeKalb, the son of Taylor and Nona (Votaw) Divine.

Clarence graduated from DeKalb High School in 1943.  After graduation he worked at a defense plant for Anaconda in Sycamore while waiting to be enlisted in the US Army. Upon enlistment on October 4, 1946 in the US Army he was deployed to Livorno, Italy in the 115th Battalion. He served as Private First Class until he received his honorable discharge on December 12, 1947.  His service decorations included Army of Occupation Medal and World War II Victory Medal.  After returning to the United States, Clarence attended General Duties schooling (Armed Forces) in Chicago IL. Clarence returned to DeKalb, IL where he worked as a mechanic/service manager for Clark Motors, Guldbeck & Eckstrom Construction and eventually opened his own shop, Divine's Garage & Texaco Service on Lincoln Highway in DeKalb where he also sold campers. After losing his lease, he went to work at Northern FS in DeKalb and later at State Street Motors and finally to TransVac where her retired at the age of 76 after 16 years of service with them.

Clarence married H. Janaan Deegan on Dec 1, 1951, Janaan passed away on Nov. 14, 1953. Later, Clarence married Maxine Charlene (Nettleingham) Divine at the First United Methodist Church in DeKalb on April 9, 1961

Clarence loved cars and repairing cars. He shared his knowledge with many who went on to own their own auto repair business. He had a passion for auto repair, photography, woodworking, many home improvement projects, camping and a love for life. Clarence and Maxine were members of the National Campers & Hikers Assoc. and traveled to many States for the annual "Campventions." Clarence was a member of the Cortland United Methodist Church where he served on the board for many years and was a Trustee on the Cortland Town Board. Clarence was very active in both the DeKalb Evening Lions Club, the Cortland Lions, was a member of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau, The Loyal order of the Moose and The American Legion, amongst other organizations.

Clarence is survived by his son, Robert W Divine of Rochelle.

Clarence was preceded in death by his wife Maxine Divine on October 10, 2016, his brother, James Edwin Divine (2002) and his parents, Taylor Divine (1962) and Nona Divine (2002).

For the safety of all family and friends, due to Covid-19 a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Clarence Edward Divine Memorial Fund, addressed to the Divine Family in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 South Fourth Street, DeKalb, IL 60115.

For information, visit or call 815-756-1022.

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Published in Daily-Chronicle on Feb. 16, 2021.
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February 17, 2021
Sorry to hear about Clarence. We had a lot of good times working together working at the church and the Lions Club. May God walk with you and you have our prayers.
Bob and Bev Carr
February 16, 2021
R.I.P. from the Kurt Votaw family.
Barbara E Votaw
February 15, 2021
With love of family and friends hopefully this trying time will be easier.
Rick and Cathy Divine
February 15, 2021
I'm so sorry for your loss Bob. Bowling with Clarence, your Mom, and you is one of my fondest memories of life in DeKalb. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Matt Stone
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