John C. "Pappy" DeVanie

June 12, 1924February 27, 2017
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John Clarence DeVanie, known to his family and friends as Pappy, was born June 12, 1924 in Salisbury, MD. He joined the US Army July 19, 1943. He served with the 509 Parachute Infantry Battalion as a Pathfinder in Operation Dragoon establishing a second front against the Nazi's in Southern France. He jumped into the darkness on an early August morning and fought the Nazis with valor and distinction.

After the war he married Jeanamay Eason in Tyler, Texas. They were together for 71 years. He worked for Sun Oil Company for 32 years working his way up from roughneck to production manager. He has been active all of his adult life in the 509 Parachute Infantry Association where he served in many capacities including President.

In retirement he enjoyed travel with his wife, Daughters; Johnna Brock and June Housman, his grand children and great grand children. His favorite pastime was golf. He worked at the local golf course as a marshall on Mondays and played with his friends on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

He is survived by his Daughters, Johnna Brock and June DeVanie Housman, 8 grand children, 20 great grand children and 1 great great grandchild on the way.

Visitation is scheduled Friday, March 3, 2017 from 12:00 - 1:00pm at Cook-Walden Chapel of the Hill, 9700 Anderson Mill Road, Austin, TX 78750 with the service to follow at 11:00pm. Graveside service will be Saturday, March 4, 2017 at Cathedral of the Pines Cemetery, 7825 S Broadway Ave, Tyler, TX 78703. More details can be found at

Please join in remembering "Pappy" by visiting the Memorial at www.cookwaldenchapelofthe Through this site, you are invited to share thoughts and fond memories with the family.


  • Visitation Friday, March 3, 2017
  • Funeral Service Friday, March 3, 2017
  • Graveside Service Saturday, March 4, 2017

John C. "Pappy" DeVanie

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Heather Frazier

March 18, 2017

My father served with John and was a good friend. Mom and Dad (LT. John W. Frazier) would see him and his wife at the reunions and we, my brother & I would hear about the good times they had.
THey are both gone but Bruce and I talked to him about 2 or 3 weeks before he passed. Bruce was going to TX in March and they were going to meet up, he missed him by a week.
I was so sad to hear of his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.....and we lost another brave 509er.

Brandon Moody

March 10, 2017

Pappy's story is nothing short of incredible, and when I met him, even in his 90's, he was still as large a life as you could expect from a true leader of men. There were so many things that didn't have to do that he just did, from the big things to the little things, like making this solo Navy guy among this big group of crazy Army Paratroopers feel as welcome as any of his brothers, just to name one of a million great things he chose to be and do for others every day of his life. Like all great men, his legacy will live on as a standard of how to lead and how to love."

Dan Michie

March 6, 2017

Pappy, getting to know you was an honor. You were one of the kindest person I ever met. It saddens me greatly not to see you on the golf course. I'm sure you had an escort into heaven. Thanks for being my friend.

John Sokolowski

March 4, 2017

It happens once in a lifetime, you meet someone that you never forget. Pappy was more than a warrior, he was someone who enjoyed every minute of every day and he lived every minute to its fullest. Zechariah 10:5 Together they will be like warriors in battle trampling their enemy into the mud of the streets. They will fight because the Lord is with them, and they will put the enemy horsemen to shame. Thank you Lord for this your servant, we are eternally greatful for and wiil remember him. May he dwell forever now in your arms Lord.

Woody Endsley

March 3, 2017

When I was introduced to Pappy a couple of years ago at the golf course I could sense immediately that I was meeting a great man that was loved and esteemed by many. Since that time I truly enjoyed every encounter with him and his fellow golfing buddies. I will miss seeing him.

March 3, 2017

What a good and brave man. It was my loss not to know him well, but my father (Dutch Prager) keep me informed in the last couple of years.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Patrick Murphy

March 3, 2017

It is a gift to meet one of the generation that was responsible for stopping the tyranny of WW2. It was an honor to know him. My love and respect to his family and friends.

Lori Vernon

March 2, 2017

June, my thoughts and prayers are with you today and in the coming year.

March 2, 2017

For Pappy and Marmie

Suzanne, Michael & Mariah Monroe

March 1, 2017

Johnny will be greatly missed; but we all have so many, many great memories from the 509th Reunions and special visits in between. Have a great reunion with Daddy (Bob Grover) and all the other troopers that have gone before you! Love to all the Family! Suzanne Grover-Monroe, Michael & Mariah