Dexter, Michigan

At age 75, passed away June 12, 2018 in his home. He was born July 21, 1942 in Ann Arbor, MI the son of Louis and Evelyn (Knight) Devine.

He married his beloved and best friend Linda (Kealy) on February 14, 2008, and she survives. He is also survived by his children James (Andrew) Devine of Chicago, daughter Karen Devine of Dexter, Tracy (Dave) Bates of Allen Park, step-daughter Jill Mock of Chelsea, step-son Duane (Melinda) Penhallegon of Napoleon; twin brother John (Jane) Devine of Ann Arbor, and brother Robert (Sherry) Devine of Dexter; grandson Ryan Mock of Chelsea, granddaughters Elizabeth and Karly Penhallegon of Napoleon, as well as several nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his first wife Winona (Knieper) Devine and nephew Bobby Devine.

James had lived in the area his entire life, graduating from Dexter High School. He was part of the Dexter Lions Club where he was a founding member and enjoyed working on many projects. He was also a member of the American Legion 0557, and the Dexter Knights of Columbus where he spent many hours helping build the hall, as well as working bingo.

He worked for the Dexter Fire Department for 20 years and held the positions of Assistant President-Lieutenant and Assistant Chief.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1960-1963 along with his twin brother John. They were part of the Cuban Missile Blockade in 1962.

He also worked for Chrysler and retired after 35 years of dedicated service. Jim loved traveling to Mackinaw City and the bridge. He loved reading, politics, keeping track of the weather, and keeping his yard to perfection.

Most of all he loved all his children and step-children equally, and he adored his grandchildren.

Funeral Services took place from the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home Friday, June 15, 2018 with Philip Penhallegon officiating. Burial followed at St. Joseph Cemetery, Dexter.  Visitation took place at the funeral home Thursday, June 14.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea Cancer Center.


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