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Jim DeVore

July 14, 2019
Estherville News

A memorial service for Jim DeVore, 73, of Spirit Lake will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at the United Methodist Church in Estherville with Pastor Kevin Moore officiating. Interment will be at East Side Cemetery in Estherville at a later date. Jim died peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, at his home in Spirit Lake, Iowa, on Thursday, July 11, 2019.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., Monday at Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Estherville.

His story as a son, brother, husband, father, uncle, grandfather, and friend started on January 25, 1946. He was born into a farming family and continued the tradition of seeding, tending, and harvesting crops. His parents, Lauren and Helen (Miller) DeVore, taught him the value of hard work and passion on that farm, which he carried with him throughout his life.

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Jim spent his life planting, cultivating, and producing stories. In 1967, a friend convinced Jim to take a chance on a certain young lady, Linda Olson. He would probably say that Linda chased him and that she jumped into his blue '66 Impala, telling the others that they had to sit in the backseat. Regardless of whose version is correct, love grew, and Jim and Linda married on May 25, 1968, in Estherville.

His passion for farming shifted into a determination to own his own farm and create a home for his growing family. Quickly, Jim became a teacher of real-life skills. He taught his children if work existed, get it done. This man, who often wore plaid shirts with snaps and a front pocket, exemplified that trait in his career, eating in the tractor while planting crops or working into the night to get them harvested. With hard work comes the ability to see that one needs to also have fun. He spent time with his family camping, playing cards with friends, fishing, watching game shows, and restoring his '59 Chevy. Finally, he taught his family that sometimes patience is needed, especially if one takes teenage girls to a Bon Jovi concert on a school night.

Playing cards was in Jim's blood. He loved 500. Whether it be around the kitchen table at home, the VFW, or a card party, he played to win as evidenced by his love for the "eight no trump" bid. If asked, Jim would say that he always broke even. Eventually, Jim passed his love of playing cards onto his grandchildren through the game Phase 10, and he still played to win.

Simply put, Jim was a proud man considering himself blessed in many ways. He took pride in his farm and working hard. He was proud of his wife and everything she did to help raise their family. He was proud of his children, especially that they all received college educations and found wonderful spouses with whom to spend their lives. He took pride in the friendships he had with so many incredible people including those in his farming community, the Black Knights Car Club, the VFW, the Elks Club, his loving relatives, and so many special people who shared his love of great stories and slightly inappropriate jokes. But what Jim took the most pride in were his grandchildren. He loved watching them grow up and fill his house with so much joy and laughter.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, sisters-in-law Jeanne Anderson and Glenyce Towell, brother-in-law Carl Anderson, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Remembering Jim today are his wife Linda, Spirit Lake; children Matthew and his wife, Debbie DeVore, Manchester, Iowa; Melissa and her husband, Al Regelstad, Estherville, Iowa; Mindy and her husband, Matt Aust, West Des Moines, Iowa; his grandchildren (Noah DeVore; Isaac, Emily, and Ella Regelstad; and Madeline, Graham, and Lauren Aust); brother Kenneth DeVore and his wife Judy, Terril, Iowa; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law (Jim Towell; Ron and Lois Graettinger; and John and Jill Olson); many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Estherville United Methodist Church or the Estherville VFW.



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