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Merlin R. Devroy

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Merlin R. Devroy Obituary
Merlin R. Devroy

Village of Howard - Merlin R. Devroy, 89, passed away peacefully Monday, June 11, 2018 with his family at his side at Aurora BayCare. He was born on August 5, 1928, in Suamico, WI to John and Martha Devroy.

Merle had many adventures in his life, from farming to businessman. He left home when he was 16 and joined the Merchant Marines and sailed the Great Lakes for a few years aboard the John P. Reiss. The old man (as he called the captain) promoted him to being the youngest Wheelsman on the Great Lakes. He was so proud of that.

Merle left to get married to Doris Liebergen in 1948. They had two sons, Ronald in 1949 and Richard in 1950. He farmed in southern Wisconsin, then moved back Green Bay to find work, Merle could do just about anything and was never afraid to get his hands dirty. After working at many jobs, he decided to buy a tavern, Devy's Bar, in the town of Pittsfield. While tending bar he heard about a job at the Chicago Northwestern Railroad and it resulted in him working there for 31 years before retiring.

Merle sold the tavern to buy a place that had plenty of room. A farm with 80 acres in the Town of Pittsfield gave him plenty of room to spread out. He farmed the land and had a beekeeping business and owned Gambles Hardware Store in Green Bay. Merle always had a huge garden, sometimes over a half acre; growing potatoes, cucumbers and onions. He always loved to watch things grow. He downsized to a smaller garden just 20 feet by 50 feet and was always proud of how his garden grew.

Merle lived there for 42 years before moving to his home in Howard. He loved to hunt and fish. He would hunt deer with his single shot 20-gauge shotgun, calling himself "ONE SHOT MERLE", because that was all it took. He loved fishing and if he could he would do it every day. Merle went on many fishing trips with his son, Ron - to Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

He enjoyed his family and friends, especially his great-grandchildren. Merle was a diehard Packer fan, he also enjoyed the Brewers. Merle could go just about anywhere, and it seemed everyone knew who he was. He will truly be missed by everyone who knew him.

Merlin is survived by his two sons, Ronald (Mary) Devroy, West Concord,MN and Richard (Kathleen) Devroy, Glendale,AZ; three grandchildren, Sheri (Geoff Clemence) Devroy, Richard Jr. (Amanda) Devroy, Christina Devroy; great-grandchildren, Cameron and Hailey; brother, John (Dorothy) Devroy; and sister, Marion Farrington.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris; his parents, John and Martha; four brothers, Kenney, Charlie, Milton and Laverne; his sister, Pearl; and his special companion, Dorothy.

Friends may call at Blaney Funeral Home, 1521 Shawano Ave. Green Bay, from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, June 18, 2018, followed by a Memorial Service at 7 p.m. To send condolences, please go to

The family extends a special sincere thank you to the doctors and staff at Aurora BayCare Medical Center and ICU for their dedication and compassion during this difficult time.
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from June 13 to June 14, 2018
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