Passed away on October 16th, 2020
In Creston, B.C.
97 years of age
Resident of Creston, B.C.
No Service By Request
In lieu of flowers friends and family can make a memorial contribution to
Creston Public Library
531 16th Avenue S., Creston, B.C. V0B 1G5
A charity of one’s choice
Kenneth Arthur Devlin
January 23, 1923 – October 16, 2020
Ken Devlin died in the Cranbrook Hospital on October 16, 2020. He was predeceased by his
parents, Ruth and Mark Devlin, three brothers, Doug, Lloyd and Larry, and his son Dan. He is
survived by his wife Eleanor (Ollivier), his sister Del (John), his son Roger (Jill), his daughter
Arnette, 7 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Ken will be missed by his family, including
his nieces and nephews and his friends.
Ken was born in Assiniboia, Saskatchewan, and often talked about how tough the “dirty
thirties” were for the family. In 1933, the family visited his grandfather, Norman Devlin, who
had the general store in Kitchener. Ken was hooked; he fell in love with the Kootenays. In 1935,
the Devlin’s moved to Trail where ken finished high school. The next move was to Vancouver
where he and his three brothers were enrolled in the same university (UBC), in the same faculty
(Agriculture), in the same Department (Food and Dairy Science) in the same year (1945-46).
After graduation, Ken married and continued his education with a Master of Science at Oregon
State University and his Ph.D. at Washington State University. His work took him to Chicago
(American Can Co.), Vancouver (Dairyland), North Bay, Ont. (Canadore College) and Ottawa
(Health and Welfare). In 1968 while at Canadore College, he met Eleanor and they married in
1972. In 1985, Ken and Eleanor retired to Creston in his beloved Kootenays. Ken loved a good
joke and political argument. He enjoyed golf and called himself the “imminent golfer”. He was
also an enthusiastic train traveler.
At Ken’s request no service will be held. His wish was that those who knew him raise a wee
dram in his memory.
Family and friends wishing to make a memorial contribution may consider the Creston Public
Library or any other charity of their choice.
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