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Wayne Devine, 94 - March 23, 2017

Wayne Arthur Devine, 94, of Grand Island, formerly of Gothenburg, passed away Thursday, March 23, 2017.
Services were conducted on Tuesday, March 28, at Peace Lutheran Church in Grand Island with the Rev. Luke Biggs officiating. Burial took place at the Farnam Cemetery with the Rev. Larry Viter officiating.
Devine was born Jan. 18, 1923, at Farnam, the son of Albert and Rebecca (Hilton) Devine. He grew up on a family farm at Farnam until the eighth grade, before moving to Cozad and graduating from Cozad High School with the Class of 1943.
He was united in marriage to Norma Slack at Cozad on Oct. 2, 1946. The couple resided and farmed north of Gothenburg. In 1962, they moved to Gothenburg where he managed Slack Nursing Home.
In 1969, Devine purchased Phillips 66 in Gothenburg, and in 1973 purchased the Phillips 66 in Cozad. He then went back doing various odd jobs at the nursing home.
Devine was never one to stay idle, according to family members, and when he retired at the age of 63, he went to work for Blase Memorial Chapel.
He and his wife relocated to Grand Island in 1994 and he worked part time at Skagway South where he enjoyed morning coffee sessions with co-workers, stated the family.
?Devine was an avid baseball fan, his favorites were the Kansas City Royals and the Huskers, said family members. He played softball as one of the Gothenburg Sodbusters and music was also a big part of his life as a member of the Hay Valley Boys. He also enjoyed people and loved to visit. He was known for his wry humor and corresponding grin as well as a caring husband and father.
He was a member of Peace Lutheran Church.
Devine was preceded in death by: his parents, Albert and Rebecca; a daughter, Diane Penner; brothers—Dale, Morris and Gilbert.
Survivors include: his wife of 70 years, Norma; son and daughter-in-law, Lennie (Barbara) Devine of Grand Island; five grandchildren—Amy Devine, Sara (Nick) Kutovy, Aaron Devine, Derrick (Gina) Devine and Rebecca Penner; step-grandchildren—Mickey Dennison and Elizabeth Dennison; three great-grandchildren—Jake, Alexis and Tony.
Memorials are suggested to Lebensraum Assisted Living Center.