Norman E. Devine loved his family, his church and collecting model toy tractors

Tuesday, May 8, 2012 | 8:04 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Norman E. Devine loved the outdoors and driving all over Missouri, a state he loved. He knew even the smallest roads and would often take his family on drives.

Mr. Devine, of Columbia, died Friday, May 4, 2012. He was 94.

He was born Feb. 14, 1918, to David E. and Cora Fain Devine on a Missouri farm. 

Mr. Devine grew up on a farm and learned to appreciate animals and the fruits of the land. He also worked side by side with his father, farming and caring for rural roads with the Missouri State Highway Department.

Mr. Devine served in World War II from 1942 to 1945 and served in Iceland, England, France, Belgium and Germany.

Mr. Devine married Genevieve (Genny) Collier in 1942. Together they traveled all over the United States.

He was a devoted Mason, a member of the American Legion and a deacon at Calvary Baptist Church.

Bob Marshall, a deacon at Calvary Baptist Church, said Mr. Devine did a lot of work around the church, especially with transportation and vans. He was responsible for maintenance and even installed devices on vans for those needing help in and out of them.

"Everything had to be in order and in good order," said Gerald Bramon, fellow deacon at Calvary Baptist Church.

In his retirement years, Mr. Devine was an avid hobbyist, collecting built-to-scale toy tractors from all around the world. He and Mrs. Devine enjoyed traveling to tractor shows. He also exhibited his collection and was a member of a collectors' club in Columbia. He never lost his love of horses or watching tractor pulling contests.

He worked for the Missouri Department of Transportation as an area supervisor for 40 years. Upon his retirement, Mr. Devine received an Innovators' Award for at least seven products he designed and created that improved the safety of travelers in Missouri. His contributions were also recognized at a MoDOT trade show.

His wife, Genevieve Collier Devine, died earlier.

He is survived by his two daughters, Anne and her husband, Ken Myrabo, and Sue and her husband, Jim Green; granddaughters Phonthip and Alison; sister-in-law, Gerry Silvey; and nephews J.W. Devine, Jack Silvey, Larry Silvey and their families.

Visitation will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church, 606 Ridgeway Ave., in Columbia. Services will follow at 11 a.m. at the church. An interment will follow at 3 p.m. at Highland Cemetery in Latham.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Missouri Baptist Children's Home, 3628 B W. Truman Blvd., Jefferson City, MO 65109.

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