The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


January 12, 2014

Lou DeVan

JOPLIN, Mo. — W. Louis DeVan Jr., 77, of Joplin, Mo., passed away on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014.

Lou was born on June 19, 1936, in Mobile, Ala., to the late Wilbur and Marguerete (Wagner) DeVan. After serving in the United States Army, Lou attended Creighton University and the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Lou was active in Boy Scouting, earning Scouting's Wood Badge. He lived in Omaha for many years and finally settled in Joplin. Lou loved to read, listen to classical music, play trivia and do woodcarvings. He was a member of Peace Lutheran Church, Joplin.

Lou is survived by his children, Michael (Katie) DeVan, of Springfield, Va., David (Michelle) DeVan, of Omaha, Neb., and Sarah Jo (Matt) Radcliffe, of Joplin. His grandchildren include Hailey Radcliffe, Rachel DeVan and Nicholas DeVan. He is survived by his siblings, John DeVan, of Bentonville, Ark., Anne LaMorte, of Cleveland, Tenn., and Robert (Beth) DeVan, of Valdosta, Ga. He is preceded in death by his parents; as well as spouses, Sandra and Joyce.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, Jan. 13, at 1 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, 3100 North St. Louis Avenue, Joplin, with Pastor Katharine Redpath officiating.

Arrangements are under the direction of Midland Cremation Society, Joplin.

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