ROBINSON — Mr. Jerry R. Devonshire, age 73 of Robinson, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021 at 5 a.m. at Physicians Regional Hospital, Naples, Florida, after battling COVID-19 for the past few weeks.
“The story of my life began on July 6, 1947, when my parents, Meredith and Wanda, and sister, Judy, celebrated my arrival and I was introduced to all as Jerry Reed Devonshire. I proudly graduated from Purdue University (Boiler Up) with a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Business in 1969. Also in that year, I was drafted into the Marines for Vietnam and reported to basic training. However, the military doctors wouldn’t allow me to serve our great country. People always said I had a voice for radio but that was not the career I pursued. I started in banking at 2nd National Bank in Robinson. Following the passing of my father, I took over the family farm outside of Chauncey. After several years of farming, I returned to banking in Robinson at the 1st National Bank as a lending officer, eventually rising to the position of Vice President. After 20 years of banking, I decided to purchase Weber Insurance and Realty where I was President and Principal Broker. As you know, I refused to retire because I loved what I did, the people I worked with, and the people of Robinson and in the surrounding communities. In my spare time, I enjoyed playing golf with my family and friends, serving on multiple boards and volunteering on charitable foundations in the communities too.
Out of all my lifelong accomplishments, I am most proud of and will surely miss my loving family the most. My wife of 52 years, Gloria, daughter Daphne (husband Dan), son Nathan (wife Cayce), and son Tyler (wife Torrie). And, of course, my greatest treasures who call me Papa and Papoo: Makenzee, Mallorie, Devon, Carson, Lillian, Graham, Sutton and Miles. I’m also survived by sister-in-law Beth Ann, brother-in-law Steve and my nieces and nephews Tracey, Terry, Tina, Lance, Mandy, Meri Martha, Melinda and Tom. I could spend hours speaking about each of them and how they shaped me into the man I was, but instead I’ll let them tell the hilarious and heartfelt stories I left with them. They will be able to share these stories at my celebration of life party. Unfortunately, we can’t schedule the event right now but rest assured once we have a date set you are all welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Lincoln Trail College Foundation in my honor. I hope you will cherish our memories together until we meet again.” Feb. 6, 2021 - Jerry