In Memory

John DeVos

Social Security Death Index:

Name: John E. DeVos
Birth Date: 1947
Death Date: 1995
Cemetery: Moline Memorial Park
Burial Place: Moline, Rock Island County, Illinois

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05/18/15 07:58 PM #1    

James Bjerkan

John will always hold a special place for me as a member of my mom's Cub Scout Den and my dad's Boy Scout troop.  He was a friend from Garfield and John Deere who I was hoping to possibly see this fall at the reunion.  After [finally] joining the site today, I was saddened to find out John had died 10 years ago!  Miss you John.

05/27/15 02:10 PM #2    

Nicholas Eastland

Jim Bjerkan, I also was in the Cub Scouts with your mom. Great times with you and the guys. It was a wonderful neighborhood.

With regard to John, I never had a better friend. We went to Garfield, John Deere, Moline and U of I together, pledging the same fraternity and rooming together as often as not. We even worked for Continental Restaurant Systems (Boar's Head) for a while together but in different locations. We were each other's Best Man, at least in his first marriage. He had a couple more ending with Laura, a great gal.

I can hardly hear a song from the '60s, especially the Beatles, without thinking of John. 

He was smart, funny, empathetic and a loyal friend and confidant. He wafts into my memories weekly. I would love to know him now. We lost regular contact except for birthdays for a while until about a year prior to his death from Melanoma. I visited him once in Cincinnati where he was living with Laura at the time and fighting the valiant fight against the cancer.  

I miss him a lot. I still stay in touch with his sister, Wendy DeVos Carnahan.

We have lost way too many of our MHS colleagues. May they all rest in peace. 


05/29/15 01:36 PM #3    

Stephanie Sundine

Message from Stephanie Sundine:

John and I grew up just a few houses away from each other in 25th Avenue Court in Moline, and we knew each other from kindergarten. I agree with Nick Eastland - John was always a sweet, friendly, kind person, and I was so sad when I heard, years ago, that John had died. It would have been such fun to see him at our reunions. I have very warm memories of John, and I'm pretty sure that I still remember the correct date of his birthday - April 5. Rest in peace, John, and know that your classmates remember you fondly!




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