Michael Gerald “Jerry” Devlin was born April 30, 1926, in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, to Patrick Devlin and Selina (O’Neill) Devlin, and departed this life Tuesday, April 14, 2020, at his residence near Conway Springs at the age of 93 years.
Jerry moved with his family to Magherfelt, County Derry, Northern Ireland, at the age of 10. He started his career as a printer while in Ireland and was a member of the International Typographic Union. Jerry immigrated to the United States in July 1955 to Enid, Okla., where he began working at the newspaper as a printer. In June 1956, he moved to Wichita and worked at the Wichita Eagle as a printer before moving into management in the composing room.
Jerry proudly became a United States citizen in January 1962.
Jerry was united in marriage to Gladys Wilma (Alling) on Feb. 14, 1962, in Wichita, where they resided until moving to Viola in 1965. There, they owned and operated “The Store” for five years, while Jerry continued working at the Eagle. Jerry was elected as mayor of Viola and served three terms as mayor. He retired from the Wichita Eagle in 1988.
Jerry and Gladys had three children, Christina, Patricia “Trish” and Michael II. They moved to Conway Springs in 1979 and resided there for more than 40 years. Gladys passed away on March 24, 1994.
Jerry married Sheryel Clevenger-Ford on July 5, 1996, at Perry, Okla. They made their home in Conway Springs.
Jerry was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Conway Springs, and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was also a lifetime member of the International Typographic Union of Wichita. Following his retirement from the Eagle, Jerry drove as a staffer for the American Red Cross for five years. After Gladys passed away, he went back to the Red Cross as a volunteer in Blood Services, delivering products through Kansas and Oklahoma for nine years, where he logged more than 250,000 safe driving miles.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, John, Patrick “Paddy”, Malachy, Vincent, Bernard “Barney”, and Father Kevin Devlin; and sisters, Eleanor Mary and Marie O’Neill.
He is survived by his wife, Sheryel; son, Michael “Mike” Devlin II of Viola; daughters, Christina Koes (Nick) of Vernon, Vt., and Patricia “Trish” Rushing (Larry) of Wichita,; sister-in-law, Noreen Devlin of Coleraine, Northern Ireland; seven grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends here, and in Australia and Ireland.
A private family service has been held. Interment was in St. Joseph Cemetery, Conway Springs.
Arrangements were by Ebersole Mortuary, Conway Springs. Online condolences and guest book are available at www.ebersolemortuary.com.
Memorials have been established with the St. Joseph Catholic School Endowment and Good Shepherd Hospice. Ebersole Mortuary, Conway Springs.