January 29, 1940 ~ September 15, 2014
Stephen Eugene “Gene” Devine, 74 Fargo, ND passed away Monday, Sept. 15, 1914 at Essentia Health in Fargo, ND.
Stephen Eugene Devine the son of Gervase & Eunice (Foerster) Devine was born Jan. 29, 1940 in Grand Forks, ND. He was the first born child to Gervase and Eunice Devine. At the age of seven he moved with his family to Manvel, ND. He grew up there and graduated from Manvel High School as Valedictorian. His first job was delivering water for his father’s company, Devine’s Water Hauling. He later worked for Walt Orchard Oil Company and then for Coca-Cola in Grand Forks, ND. Gene worked as a Highway Patrol Officer for the State of North Dakota for 4 years stationed in Parshall, North Dakota and then in Fargo, North Dakota. After leaving the Highway Patrol, he began working for American Family Insurance in Fargo as a Claims Manager. He retired after 35 years. He married Elizabeth Jeanne (Kreitel) Werner May 7, 1988.
He is survived by his wife, Jeanne, two daughters Teresa Backer and her daughter Shelby, Mpls, Mn and Stephanie Phillips and her son Chase, Fargo, ND. A step-son, James (Shelley) Werner, Bismarck, ND their son Tyler and daughter Kali, Step grandchildren, Gary of Mesa, Az, Blaise, Natalie and Benjamin of Vancouver, Wa. 4 brothers, Gerald (Donna) Devine, Grand Forks, ND, James (Joanne) Devine, Seattle, Wa, Howard (Connie) Devine, Manvel, ND and Hugh Devine, Grand Forks, ND, 4 sisters, Veronica (Roger) Stadstad, Manvel, ND, Darlene (Roger) Hoverson, Grand Forks, ND, Colleen (Darryle) Hendrickson, Manvel, ND and Phyllis (Dennis) Wisk, Buckley, Wa.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Gervase and Eunice Devine, brother Garrett, granddaughter Skylar Dahlgren, step-son Mark Werner, and step-grandson, Blake Werner.
Steve (Gene) loved spending time with family and friends. He also loved UND “Fighting Sioux Hockey”. NASCAR Racing and all sports in general.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred and may be directed to the American Heart Association.
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