Deviney, John 1846-1925
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LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel
October 13, 1925
CALL SOUNDS FOR VETERAN
John Deviney, Member of Union Army, Dies After Brief Illness
SERVED IN CIVIL WAR
John Deviney, a resident of LeMars for the past five years, died Friday at the home of his brother, William Deviney, 212 Sixth Street SE, aged 78 years. Death was due to kidney trouble and other complications.
Mr. Deviney was a Civil War veteran, and early in the summer, while attending the state reunion of veterans at Mason City, contracted a cold and had been ailing since. A few weeks ago he underwent an operation for relief from throat trouble and the operation was apparently successful at the time but later glandular trouble ensued affecting his system.
John J. Deviney was a native of Pennsylvania and spent nearly all his life in his native state. He was born in Mifflin county on November 17, 1846, and died in LeMars, October 9, 1925, at the age of 78 years, 10 months and 22 days. He was the oldest son of James and Mary Marshall Deviney and a member of a family dating back to Revolutionary days. Two brothers survive him, William Deviney of LeMars and Calvin C. Deviney, of Montgomery, Ala. Two brothers, Joseph and James, preceded him in death.
John Deviney, after receiving his schooling, was apprenticed to a blacksmith and learned the trade. When a boy he left the forge and entered the Army when the Civil War broke out enlisting for a term of six months. He was a member of Company C, 195th Pennsylvania infantry. On serving his first enlistment he re-enlisted and served until the close of the war. He saw much hard service and with his comrades participated in many engagements but was lucky enough to come through without a scratch.
At the conclusion of the war he returned to his home and followed his trade at Reedsville, which was his home for many years. He was united in marriage with Rachael Swabb, January 1, 1884. She passed away sixteen years ago. Five years ago Mr. Deviney came to LeMars and made his home with his brother, William Deviney, since that time.
Mr. Deviney made a number of warm friends since taking up his residence here and was a general favorite especially among old Army comrades. He made acquaintance easily and possessed an approachable personality and enjoyed the closing years of his life to the utmost in the family of his brother and among congenial friends he found in the west.
The funeral services were held at the Deviney home yesterday afternoon, Rev. Wm. Belling, of St. Paulís church, officiating. Honorary pallbearers were members of Mower Post G.A.R. and active pallbearers members of Wasmer Post, American Legion.
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