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Marvin G. Devish

Marvin G. Devish

Jan 2, 1924 - Jun 7, 2009
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Marvin G. Devish, 85, longtime Missouri Valley farmer and Riverton resident passed away Sunday morning, June 7, 2009 at the Riverton Memorial Hospital.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 10, 2009 at the Davis Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Mountain View Cemetery with military honors. A Viewing will be Tuesday evening, June 9, 2009 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Marvin Gerald Devish was born January 2, 1924 in Mason City, Nebraska to Fred and Esther (Davis) Devish. Marvin and his twin brother Melvin grew up in Custer County, Nebraska attending country schools and graduating from Mason City High School in 1941.

Following High School Marvin attended sheet metal school and airplane modification training in Canton, Ohio, assembling aircraft for the Army Air Corp.

On May 23, 1943, Mr. Devish entered into active duty in the Army Air Corp. with the 392nd group and the 576th bomb squadron. He was a B-24 Waist Gunner, flying 24 missions in Northern France, Ardennes, and Rhineland campaigns. He was Honorably Discharged on October 10, 1945 at Lowry Field, Colorado. He received the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Ribbon with four bronze stars, the good conduct medal and the Air Medal.

He married the former Betty R. Francisco of Spearfish, South Dakota in Riverton on October 19, 1946 at the Baptist Church Parsonage. The couple met on a blind date, arranged by his sister, while S. Sgt Devish was on furlough.

Mr. and Mrs. Devish farmed and raised livestock in the Missouri Valley for forty years, retiring in 1985 and moving into Riverton. He was active in the Fremont County Soil and Water Conversation District for many years, served several terms on the School District #24 Shoshoni School Board, Mountain View Cemetery Board, and was a member of the Wind River Post #3628 V.F.W.

His family said he loved fishing, hunting, and camping. He also enjoyed going to the mountains, playing cards, visiting with family and friends, even keeping in contact with classmates and service comrades. One of his greatest joys was his grandchildren and attending their sporting and academic events.

He is survived by wife of 62 years, Betty of Riverton; daughters, Louella Wilson and husband Stan of Montana and Arizona; Karen Redfern and husband Dave of Riverton; son, Kurt Devish and wife Debbie of Fort Bridger, Wyo.; grandchildren, Rick Wilson and wife Kara of Vancouver, WA, Amy Redfern, Ryan Redfern both of Riverton, Megan Jessel and husband Bill of Cheyenne, Kameron Devish of Green River, and Audrey Vascuez and husband Rick of Elko, NV; six great grandchildren; sister Jean Moore and husband Allen of Riverton; numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by parents, Fred and Esther Devish; his twin brother Melvin, sister Dorine and her husband George Dewey.

Memorials may be made to the Wind River Post #3628 V.F.W. or a charity of your choice in care of the Davis Funeral Home, 2203 W. Main Street, Riverton, Wyo. 82501

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Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.