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Richard L. DeVito

April 25, 1930 - February 20, 2018

A funeral service will be held at Joldersma & Klein Funeral Home on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 11:00 AM with Pastor Ray Brandon officiating. Interment with military honors will follow at Hillside Cemetery in Plainwell. Visitation will take place at the funeral home on Friday, February 23, 2018 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM.

Age 87, passed away on Tuesday, February 20, 2018. Dick was born in the Bronx, New York on April 25, 1930, the son of the late Salvatore and Lucille (Grossi) DeVito. After high school, he joined the U.S. Air Force and served his country honorably during the Korean War. After the war, Dick came to visit Kalamazoo with a friend. While in Kalamazoo he met his future wife, Eleanor J. Ruse, who he would marry on September 5, 1953. Dick worked as a salesman for several local companies, retiring from Warner Lambert (formerly American Chicle). He also owned and operated Enco Gas and Service Station during the 1960s. Dick was an avid golfer and bowler. He was a loyal New York Yankees fan, coached little league for many years and umpired for city league softball. Dick enjoyed watching his grandchildren’s sporting events and rarely missed a game. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Eleanor DeVito; children, Dennis (Kay) DeVito and Tina (Steve) Terry; grandchildren: Amanda (Ryan) Groulx, Charlie (Sarah) Terry, Travis (Jillian) Terry, Nick (Sandy) DeVito and Elizabeth (Jake) Bronson; great-grandchildren, Sonora, Maizy, Owen, Natalie, Nathan, Reagan, Ellarie, Louis and Blake; sister, Jean Believe and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Dick was preceded in death by his brother, Salvatore DeVito.