Allan James Devine


Allan James Devine, 67, of Sylvania, died Friday, May 2, 2014, after his courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

He was born in Bellefontaine on Nov. 12, 1946, to the late Donald and Berniece Evans Devine. He also was preceded in death by his brother, Terry L. Devine.

He is survived by his loving wife, Carol; his stepchildren, Kristine (John) Sanders and William (Christie) Dressel; grandchildren, Alia, Rylie, Johnny, Raygen, Billy and Abby. Left to cherish his memory are his cousins, Charles Haw, David Haw and Betsy (Chip) Schaechterle; niece, Emily and nephew, Eddie; his dear friends, Wayne (his chosen brother) and Joyce Davis and their family, Chris (Marcia) Davis, Lori (Dan) Wittler and Mindy (Mike) Buell; and close friends, Harry Will and Mary Ellen Fisher.

Al served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany for three years. He earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Bowling Green State University and completed a master’s and specialist’s degree from the University of Toledo. He taught language arts and then marketing education at Whitmer High School. Al devoted many years to the Teachers’ Association of Washington Local Schools and retired in 2001 after 30 years.

Al loved traveling in Ireland and visited there many times, often taking his wife and friends on tours. He and his wife, Carol, also enjoyed Caribbean cruises and spending winter at their home in Haines City, Fla.

He was an avid reader, particularly Irish history. Allan loved caring for his tropical fish and dining out with family and friends. After retiring, he volunteered at St. Anne’s Hospital. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

Visitation is two hours prior to a funeral at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Reeb Funeral Home, 5712  N. Main St., Sylvania. Interment follows at Toledo Memorial Park.  

A special thanks to the wonderful people at Flower Hospital and Ebeid Hospice for their loving and outstanding care. Memorial donations may be made to Ebeid Hospice, Harroun Road, Sylvania and to the charities of the donors’ choices.

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