Stillwater News Press

March 18, 2013

Johnnie Edward Devine Sr.

Stillwater NewsPress

— Johnnie Edward Devine Sr., 79, passed from this life on Sunday. Graveside services are under the direction of Palmer Marler Funeral Home and will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery with Pastor Phyllis Brown officiating.  A public visitation will be held at the funeral home noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Johnnie was born on July 23, 1933, to Warren Edward and Opal Fern Devine in Stillwater.  He grew up in the Stillwater area, graduating from Glencoe High School. Following graduation, Johnnie joined the Army where he served honorably during the Korean Conflict. Upon his return from the service, he enrolled at Oklahoma State University and began working as the produce manager for the Humpty Dumpty IGA store in Stillwater. In 1961, Johnnie married    Lenora Swisher. Johnnie left Humpty Dumpty after nearly 15 years and began a career as a carpet installer for Brooner’s Carpet, a job he enjoyed for nearly 20 years.  Following his retirement in the late 1990’s, Johnnie lived in Sulphur and Talahina before making his home in Claremore.

Johnnie was an easy going and kind man who enjoyed a good time. He was a member of the Stillwater Moose Lodge. He loved to hunt, fish, garden, and spend time with his boys and their families. He always had a new story for you that was guaranteed to make you smile.  He was a dedicated father, a loving grandpa, and a reliable friend and his presence will be missed by all who knew him.

Johnnie is survived by his two sons, Johnnie Devine, Jr. and wife Deana of Stillwater and Kelly Devine and wife Sarah of Perry; four siblings, Edith Fleming and husband Kenneth of Stillwater, Irma Glover and husband Bob of Kansas, Iris Davis of Texas, and Gene Devine of Prague; and seven grandchildren, Whitney, Kayla, Tanner, Jessica, Kelley, Tyler, and Nick Devine; as well as several of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.  

In addition to his parents, Johnnie was preceded in death by a sister Margie Blair.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Oklahoma Autism Network.

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