George R “Dick” DeVore, Jr.

December 06, 1929 ‒ May 05, 2019

Sunbury, Ohio

George R. “Dick” DeVore, Jr., age 89 of Sunbury, longtime area funeral director passed away Sunday morning, May 5, 2019 at home surrounded by his family.

He was born on December 6, 1929 in Columbus to the late George R. Sr. and Frances (Bentz) DeVore.  One of 13 class members graduating from the Galena High School in 1947, he was a proud member of their Delaware County League Basketball 46-47 Championship Team. The stories and events of his and his teammate’s exhibitions have become legendary. In 1956, he graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.

Following in his father’s footsteps, he became a second generation family funeral director and embalmer. He began his career serving in Galena in 1956 with his parents and the DeVore Funeral Home. In 1960 he came to the square of Sunbury and opened the second location the DeVore Funeral Home and expanded again in 1967 with opening of their Marengo chapel.

Over the years and before the current EMS system, Dick along with his associates made countless ambulance trips responding to the needs of the Sunbury community.  Whether it was a freeway accident or an expectant mother giving birth, Dick was there answering the ambulatory response.

In 1978 Dick and his wife Phyllis took a leap of faith and built a new funeral home chapel at the intersections of St Rt 3 at 61 at the edge of Sunbury. Coming to Delaware in 1985, he purchased the former Pletcher Funeral Home.  Along with this beloved wife Phyllis, son Garee; a third generation funeral director, and daughter Beth, together side by side they operated the family concern until partnering with the Snyder family of funeral homes in 1993.  As a longtime licensed funeral director, embalmer, and community steward, Dick served the needs of Delaware County families for 62 years.

He was a 60 year member of the Sparrow Lodge #400 F&AM, AASR Valley of Columbus, Shriners of North America, and the Sunbury United Methodist Church.  Dick also served the community on several boards and committees. His professional organizations include The Order of the Golden Rule funeral home affiliate as well as the National, Ohio, and Central Ohio Funeral Directors Associations.

Ornery to his core, he was fun loving, quick witted and always engaging. Easy to befriend, he promptly provided a nick name with every encountered friendship, ones which lasted a life time. He enjoyed camping in the Mohican area, spending time at Lake Erie, and winters in Bradenton, Florida.  Dick was a fan of all sports, especially baseball and the New York Yankees.  He enjoyed coffee and the camaraderie with the patrons of Yum-Ee Donuts over the years as well as the golfing adventures experienced with his friends in the Sunbury Golf League and the breakfast club at the Hub. He also shared a love for all 5 of his poodles over the years and current poodle companion Beau.

Dick enjoyed a passion for Cadillac’s and was not only particular about his own appearance, but also those he served in his profession. With his unique charm he always made his presence known. His charisma often resulted with him becoming the center of attention.  Simply put, he loved people.

He was a gifted story teller, reminiscent of the past, and those events of days gone by; he will be remembered for always answering the call to duty in serving the needs of his community.

Those left to cherish his memory include his beloved wife and supporter through thick and thin of 50 years: Phyllis J. (Griffin), son Garee R. DeVore of Galena, daughter Elizabeth “Beth” (Don) Kaltenbach of Marblehead, Ohio, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephew Kris Farris, loving nephew Lynn Farris, brother-in-law Dave (Laura) Griffin of CA, special care giver Tammy Reedy, and a host of friends.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister Joan, brother-in-law Harold “Cobb” Farris, son David Durrett, as well as several loyal canines.

Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. with Masonic services at 7:45 p.m. on Wednesday at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 N. St. Rt. 61 at St. Rt. 3, Sunbury, where services will follow 11:00 a.m. on Thursday with Pastor Mike Mack  officiating.  Burial will then take place in Sunbury Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Foundation for Hospice of Central Ohio, P.O. Box 430, Newark, Ohio 43058-0430.

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  • Phyllis, Garee, and Beth,
    So many times, Dick and your family have helped us through the grief and sadness at our time of need. Always kind words were offered when we needed them. Yes, his humor was special. He called me “Elwood” when he greeted me. Yes, we encountered each other over a cup of coffee. Now, we offer our sympathy to you at this time of your loss.

  • Garee,
    I am so sorry to learn of your father’s passing. He always had kind words for me and my family,’ and was ready to help me ready the Methodist Church for funerals when I was custodian.
    He always managed to make me smile, and I cherish the memories of eating lunch with him at the corner ice cream shop.
    Hugs and Prayers.

  • He will be missed. He was so dedicated to the business, but more importantly – to the entire community and the families he served. He made me laugh – no matter how sad the passing was, he could bring out the happiness and reminded me once that “none of us get out of it alive.” He was so amazing when Perry, my father-in-law passed away, years ago. He knew how close Steve and his Dad were and just went the extra mile. I had so much respect for him.

  • So sorry to hear of Dick’s death. I always enjoyed talking with him in the office about life and the history of Delaware county funeral service. He was truly a personality of an era gone by.

  • We are so sorry for your loss. When this happens in our family we need more than human strength. God and his Son can provide what we need. Please review these scriptures : John 5:28-29 “Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice 29 and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, and those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment.” Revelation 21:4 “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes,and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”

  • Phyllis and family,
    A piece of this community has passed on but memories of Dick will always remain. I was lucky enough to share conversations occasionally over a cup of coffee. He enjoyed talking about many things, but his high school days at Galena were special. Now he is reunited with many of his teammates. God bless you all.

  • I am so sorry for your loss. Dick was so kind and thoughtful. I didn’t know him well but whenever he saw me, he would ask about my parents. It was touching that he made such an effort to inquire about their well being. Cindy Mann Eyman

  • I am so sorry for your loss. Dick was so kind and thoughtful. I didn’t know him well but whenever he saw me, he would ask about my parents. It was touching that he made such an effort to inquire about their well being.

  • Dick will always be remembered with great love and respect by our family. My Dad (Perry Spangler) worked at the Sunbury Cemetery for many years and was in constant contact with Dick. Mother worked up the street at the Sunbury grill and saw that they had food at the funeral home each day. That food was transported by son Gary. One of my most cherished gifts from my family is a gift my mother gave me in her latter days. It is a beautiful lamp they Dick gave them for their 50th Wedding Anniversary. It lights up my dining room on cloudy days. Dick will always be remembered for his caring personality. There was never any questions in our family as to who to call in an emergency or death. He will rewarded greatly in heaven for his loving and caring spirit.


  • Phyllis,

    I’m so sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. Every single time I waited on him he was always so friendly and happy. I always enjoyed his ornery attitude! It was never dull when he was around! He told me once he could say whatever he wanted, said it was senior privilege. I will never forget that! Prayers to you and the family.

    LeaNete Lillemoen

  • Phyllis, Garee and Beth Ann,
    We are so sorry for your loss, all of us love Dick so very much. All of us have many treasured memories of our wonderful family get togethers, there is never a dull moment when Dick is around. Dick is never at a loss for words nor is he ever at a loss to put a smile on everyone’s face, he is always so much fun to talk with and be around and he will be deeply missed by everyone who is blessed to know him. There are a lot of people who have been waiting to re-enjoy Dick’s hospitality, jokes, stories and conversations and his pack of little canines are so excited to be able to sit on his lap again. All of us wish we could be there with all of you during this heartbreaking time, please know that our hugs, thoughts and prayers are with all you and we look forward to seeing you on your next Trip to Florida. We Love You All!
    As Dick would say;
    The Terrible “T”‘s, Terry, Tina and Tammy.

  • Phyllis I am so sorry we can’t make it tonight. Larry isn’t feeling well and I had dential
    surgery today. We sure have lots of great memory’s of Dick over the years. He had such a great sense of humor. I remember one night in Eastern Star we were holding hands and my hands was very cold, he looked at me and said are you dead. I’ll never forget that and the time the phone rang late at night and I ran into the wall and broke my nose. It was so black and blue and he said I have some good make up for that.
    Larry sure enjoyed visiting with Dick recently. Love you guys and God Bless You

  • We were so sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. I could fill a book with fond memories of his humor and the personal service that he gave our family and friends. Sunbury will miss his wit and conversation that always seem to revolve around a cup of coffee !

  • My sincere sympathy to Dick’s family. He was a great supporter of the Sunbury community.

    Dr. Alice Frazier

  • Beth it has been many years since we have been in contact. I am very sorry to hear of your fathers passing. I am sure that David also sends his deepest sympathy.