January 23, 1923 – October 16, 2020
Ken Devlin died in the Cranbrook Hospital on October 16, 2020. He was predeceased by his parents, Ruth and Mark Devlin, three brothers, Doug, Lloyd and Larry, and his son Dan.
He is survived by his wife Eleanor (Ollivier), his sister Del (John), his son Roger (Jill), his daughter Arnette, 7 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Ken will be missed by his family, including his nieces and nephews and his friends.
Ken was born in Assiniboia, Saskatchewan, and often talked about how tough the “dirty thirties” were for the family. In 1933, the family visited his grandfather, Norman Devlin, who had the general store in Kitchener. Ken was hooked; he fell in love with the Kootenays.
In 1935, the Devlin’s moved to Trail where ken finished high school. The next move was to Vancouver where he and his three brothers were enrolled in the same university (UBC), in the same faculty (Agriculture), in the same Department (Food and Dairy Science) in the same year (1945-46).
After graduation, Ken married and continued his education with a Master of Science at Oregon State University and his Ph.D. at Washington State University.
His work took him to Chicago (American Can Co.), Vancouver (Dairyland), North Bay, Ont. (Canadore College) and Ottawa (Health and Welfare). In 1968 while at Canadore College, he met Eleanor and they married in 1972. In 1985, Ken and Eleanor retired to Creston in his beloved Kootenays.
Ken loved a good joke and political argument. He enjoyed golf and called himself the “imminent golfer”. He was also an enthusiastic train traveler.
At Ken’s request no service will be held. His wish was that those who knew him raise a wee dram in his memory.
Family and friends wishing to make a memorial contribution may consider the Creston Public Library or any other charity of their choice.
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