DeVere passed away on Sunday, October 26, 2003, at SCCI at MeritCare Hospital South University, at the age of 74.
DeVere was born on December 23, 1928, the son of Arthur and Louise (Waters) Preston, in Hillsboro, North Dakota. He grew up in this area and graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1946. DeVere graduated from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks with a degree in Journalism in 1950, also playing football during his college years. After graduation, DeVere worked for the Hillsboro Banner before entering the service. He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force from 1951 until 1953.
DeVere was united in marriage to Carol Braseth on November 24, 1956, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Hillsboro. They made their home in the Hillsboro area where they farmed. The couple moved to southern Minnesota in 1963 where DeVere worked in the newspaper business. He was the co-publisher of the Jackson County Pilot from 1964 until 1969.
They moved to Fergus Falls, Minnesota, in 1969, where he worked in the direct sales business. He began working in Breckenridge, Minnesota, in 1974, for the First National Bank. They moved to Breckenridge, in 1977, where he served as president and co-owner of Breck Homes, Inc, until his retirement in 1993. DeVere and Carol moved to Fargo, in 1993, where they have lived since that time.
DeVere is survived by his loving wife, Carol of Fargo; his children, Kimberley Preston of Fargo; Mitchell Preston of Las Vegas, Nevada; and Claudia (Joseph) Storey of Scottsdale, Arizona; his granddaughters, Danielle and McKenzie Storey; his brothers, John ?Jack? (Margaret) Preston of Grandin, North Dakota; Duane (Kay) Preston of East Grand Forks, Minnesota; and many nieces and nephews.
DeVere was preceded in death by his parents; and an infant sister, Arlene.
FUNERAL MASS: 11 AM Friday, October 31, 2003, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Hillsboro
VISITATION: 5-7 PM Thursday with a prayer service at 7 PM in Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo – and one hour prior to the funeral in the church on Friday
BURIAL: Caledonia Cemetery, Caledonia, North Dakota
Online guest book at www.boulgerfuneralhome.com
(Wildeman Funeral Home, Hillsboro)