James H. Devereaux

June 05, 1944 - March 09, 2018

James H. "Jim" Devereaux, beloved husband, father, brother and uncle, of Cadillac passed away Friday afternoon, March 9, 2018 at his home surrounded by family. He was 73.

Jim was born June 5, 1944 in Port Huron, Michigan to Dr. John Ryan and Adele Irene (Simpson) Devereaux and they preceded him in death. On March 5, 1971 in Port Huron he married the former Judith L. Thoms and she preceded him in death on December, 28, 2012.

He was also preceded in death by his brother, Sir Monseigneur Thomas Devereaux.

Mr. Devereaux graduated from St. Stephen High School in 1962. His first job was working as a dishwasher for Unique Restaurant in Port Huron at age 15. After high school Jim worked as a night time stock clerk at the A&P Store. Later from 1962 to 1964 he worked at Mueller Brass Company. From 1970 to 1973 he worked at Detroit Edison Power Plant as operator/overhead line crewman and plumbing and pipefitter apprenticeship, during broken service.

Jim began his military career joining the Navy on July 31, 1964 attending boot camp in Great Lakes, IL. He continued to Machinist Mate A School in Great Lakes, IL graduating in July 1965. During his service he was assigned or served aboard the following: the USS Ashtabula AO51, USS Constellation CVA 64, Jacksonville, FL NAS Cecil, Charleston, SC USS Semmes DD18, USS Garcia FF1040, USS Canopus AS34, USS Joseph Hewes FF1078, USS Frank Cable AS40, 1985-88 Cadillac, MI Navy Reserve Center, USS Theodore Roosevelt and lastly was transferred to the fleet reserve. Mr. Devereaux retired after serving in the United States Navy for 25 years retiring as Master Chief Petty Officer.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Lake City, a life member of VFW # 2406 in Charlotte, MI as well as a life member of Catholic War Veterans.

On May 17, 2014 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte, Michigan he married the former Nina M. (Cobb) Robinson and she survives him along with his children: Amy (Jeff) Wagner of Cadillac and Ryan Devereaux of Lowell, Michigan; 2 grandchildren, Caleb and Audrey Devereaux; step-children, Samantha Durrett (Chris) and Hope Berg (Paul); step-grandchildren: Peyton and Dylon Durrett and Dominique and Brianna Berg and sisters: Mary Terhune, Barb (Bruce) Brogden and Joan Walker.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 AM Thursday, March 15, 2018 at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Lake City with Rev. Fr. Matthew Cowan as celebrant. Burial will be at Maple Hill Cemetery in Cadillac. Friends may meet the family Wednesday from 2:00 to 4:00 PM and 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Peterson Funeral Home in Cadillac.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Stephens Catholic Church or Munson Hospice Cadillac Chapter. An online guestbook is available at www.petersonfh.com.

Guest Book

Bryan Elenbaas - Mar 12th, 2018 7:33 am

"Jim was a good man who will be missed by everyone who knew him.I am glad I had the opportunity to talk with him last month. My condolences to the family."

Cathy Bennett - Mar 12th, 2018 12:48 pm

"Condolences to Nina and the family"

John and Jean Bestervelt - Mar 12th, 2018 2:39 pm

"We want to send you and your family our deepest sympathy. We know we haven't seen you in a while but we still love you.. "

Mike and Robin Austin - Mar 12th, 2018 4:48 pm

"We only knew Jim for a short a time. But after tLking to him for 5 minutes we felt as though we knew him all our lives. We will miss him greatly. "

Debra Jensen - Mar 12th, 2018 5:07 pm

"So sorry for your loss."

Carolyn Mulder & family - Mar 12th, 2018 7:08 pm

" Sorry to hear about Jim. I am still in Florida but cannot make it back yet. Sorry for your loss. c3m6mxxw"

Shawn MacFarlane - Mar 12th, 2018 8:29 pm

"My sincere and heartfelt condolences."

Kelly, Ely & Lily - Mar 14th, 2018 11:08 am

"We send our deepest condolences, we are so sorry for your loss. We love you very much. "

Matt Jager - Mar 14th, 2018 2:57 pm

"Thinking of you Amy, Ryan, Jeff and family at this most difficult time. All my love. "

Mike Bodley - Mar 15th, 2018 12:29 pm

"We grew up 3 doors apart for our early years. We graduated together. He was a good man. I am saddened by his passing. Rest In Peace, Jim. I am saddened by your loss. Please take some solace he is free from his suffering and is in the presence of Jesus. Michael Bodley "

Sidika Eccles (Robinson descent) - Mar 16th, 2018 5:34 pm

"I don’t remember meeting Nina but my dad said good words about her. I never got to meet Jim but from talking to her, I know he was a good man. Thank you for your service. Condolences from the Gieser family. "

Nina - Mar 31st, 2018 12:51 pm

"Honey I will miss you always and forever. 7mc"

Kenneth Flick - Apr 22nd, 2018 5:07 pm

"Served with Jim when we were together aboard the USS Ashtabula AO-51. He was faithful to the US Navy and shipmates. Messaged each other through Facebook. Will be missed."

William Gieser - May 13th, 2018 1:03 pm

"Sorry for your loss"

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