Stephen Devine

stephen devine

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.

Announcements: The family invites you for lunch following the Mass Service at Sts Ann and Joachim Catholic Church. 

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  1. Moorhead MN
    I was so sorry to hear of Steve’s passing Jeanne. My thoughts are with you and your family. Take care of yourself!

  2. Minot I had the pleasure of working with Steve at American Family for 4 years. He was a good man & will be dearly missed.

  3. Dickinson ND
    Dear Jeanne and family,
    Please accept our heartfelt condolences on Steve’s passing. I always respected him and thought he was the best “boss” I ever worked for.

  4. Sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. My sincere condolences to you Jeanne and the entire family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless

  5. Mandan ND
    – North Dakota
    Steve and his family were at our home a couple of times for lunch in Stanley while he was on the ND
    Highway Patrol stationed in Parshall. Steve complimented me on my simple “scrambled eggs and peas.” He was such a gentleman. Charles and Steve did get along very well. The two little girls were so cute and I remember one of them graciously asking for a second helping of “collage cheese.” So sorry to read of Steve’s passing. God be with you all.

  6. kalispell MontanaOur prayers and thoughts are with you
    Jeannie and Family.
    With are deepest sympathy
    Lois and family,Sharon and family,
    Gloria and family, Rita and family
    Hugs and love to you all

  7. Manvel North Dakota
    We wish to express our deepest sympathy to you, Jeanie, and all of Gene’s brothers and sisters and families. Both Gene and Jeanie were loved by all of our family…He was such a dear man….God will grant him perpetual rest and peace.

    We will be with you dear family in spirit…prayers are said for you for strength and peace at this time and time to come.

    “Some people come into our lives and quickly go, some stay for a while and leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never the same.”
    God Bless

  8. Bismarck ND
    We are so very sorry to learn of Gene’s passing. Some happy times when our families were together at our home in Stanley when Gene and my father, Charles Kramer, were on the Highway Patrol together and several times after that when they both had gone on to other ventures.

    Now, they both are in Heaven, and sharing once again the talking and the laughing and the story-telling.

    Peace and blessings to you all.

    Suzie Kramer-Brenna
    Jon Kramer

  9. Mandan ND
    – North Dakota
    Gene and his family had a couple of lunches at our home in Stanley during the time he was with the ND
    Highway Patrol and stationed in Parshall. Their company was very much enjoyed. I can remember one of the little girls politely asking for a second helping of “collage cheese”, so cute. Charles got along very well with Gene and Gene complemented my “scrambled eggs and peas.” Such a gentleman. Sorry to read about his passing. May God comfort his family with the knowledge that Gene will be in heaven and remembered with much love.

  10. Hamilton MtI am so sorry to hear of Gene’s passing. Although I never had the opportunity to work with him in ND
    HP, I always had great respect for his service.

  11. Lots of memories of time spent with Steve and Jeannie while working for American Family. Fondly remember his interest in children, his love of a good story as well as UND Hockey. We will all miss his hearty laugh and send our sympathy to Jeannie and family.

  12. Fargo Hugs & Prayers to you, Jeannie and all of your family. With Sympathy &

    Not sure how to sign!

    With God’s Blessing ex aunt Shirley!

  13. Detroit Lakes MN
    I am so sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. You have my sympathy. I remember fondy the days at

  14. Bismarck ND
    Sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. I always enjoyed talking to him at the Hockey games. I always looked for him as I could always pick out his grey hair even from where our seats were. My prayers are with you Jeanne and family and will probably see you at the Ralph. God bless.

  15. Tehachapi CAI will always cherish the positive memories of my cousin Gene.

    I wish the best to his family and many friends.

  16. McKinney TXSympathy and prayers to Jeanne, Teresa and Stephanie.

    I treasure the time you shared with me over the years. I appreciated that you shared stories about my father that brought him to life for me. I cherish them those stories all the time. Rest in Peace, Uncle Gene. Love from one of “Gary’s Girls” and your god-daughter, Renee Devine

  17. mckinney TexasFarewell Uncle Gene. I have many wonderful memories of you spending time with me over the years and keep them close in my heart. You are now in a wonderful peaceful place with Grandma, Grandpa and my father, Gary. Rest in peace within the comfort and arms of our Lord. I Love you, from one “Gary’s girls” and your God-daughter Renee.

  18. Eden prairie MnSo sorry to hear about Steve. I have lots of memories of Steve. He hired a lot of wonderful people to American family and he was a powerful figure in the insurance industry. There were times he had a kind heart and did what he could to help people in their careers. He will always be a legend. May he rest in peace!

  19. Bismarck ND
    Our heartfelt sympathy to Jeanne and Steve’s entire family. Steve was a great guy and did a great job managing a very competent claims office. Enjoyed many years of the business relationship that we had with both Steve and Jeanne.

  20. Fargo ND
    Had been a privilege to know Steve and work with him. Our prayers go out to Steve’s Family and He truly will be missed!

  21. Steve will be missed by so many, including my family. He was a great friend of our family for over 40 years and a great person to work for. I felt he looked out for me and I appreciated that so much. I had a lot of good times with him over the years. I am so thankful I was able to see him recently. I thought he looked great. Thinking of you Jeanne and the rest of his family.

  22. Grand Forks ND
    Gene was a great friend for my whole life and he is going to be greatly missed by me and many many people. God Bless.

  23. Ames IASorry to hear of Steve’s passing. My prayers and thoughts are with you now and in the coming days. Always had great memories of Steve.

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