DELVEN WOODROW4 DEVORE (ROSA EDYTH3 FRANK, AUGUST HERMAN2, OSCAR1) was born March 19, 1920 in Graysville, OH. He married MARY ETHEL POULTON December 25, 1941 in Lewisville, Ohio, daughter of FRED POULTON and EDNA FORAKER. She was born December 9, 1917 in Rinard Mills, OH Monroe County, OH.
Delven Woodrow Devore was the only child of Forrest Grover and Rosa Edyth Frank Devore. He was born near Graysville, Ohio where he lived throughout his high school years. He left the area to attend college at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. In high school, Del was quite an athlete. During his senior year in 1938 he helped his Graysville High School basketball team win the County Basketball Tournament by winning 26 games in a row. His team was finally defeated in the sectional tournament which was held at Marietta. Graysville High School lost by two points with three of their regular varsity players, including Delven Devore, unable to play because of the flu.
Following high school, Del enrolled at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio where he studied to become a teacher. He graduated in 1942 with a Bachelor of Science in Education. While still in college, at the age of 21 he married the lovely Mary Ethel Poulton on Christmas Day in 1941. Ethel lived in the little town of Rinard Mills about 10 miles south of Del's hometown of Graysville, Ohio.
Shortly after his marriage to Ethel and only a month before Del graduated from Ohio University, tragedy struck. Del lost his father who died from an accident that occurred on the job in the oil field.
Del graduated from Ohio University in June of 1942 and took a position as coach and science teacher at the Hannibal High School. After one year at Hannibal he was assigned at the Woodsfield High School. During the 1943-44 school year Del suffered from appendicitis that required an appendectomy.
In June of 1944 Del enlisted in the U.S. Navy and went to boot camp at Camp Perry, Virginia. Following boot camp, he was assigned to the Hospital Corps School at Bainbridge, MD where they were in need of teachers and because of Del's training in biology. After a little over a year in the Navy Del contracted rheumatic fever while at Bainbridge and was discharged on October 31, 1945.
Instead of returning to teaching, Del worked in the oil field between 1945-46. Then, faced with an offer that was too good to turn down, he accepted a job as Principal at the Clarington High School beginning in the fall of 1946. He spent four years in that position.
In 1950 Del returned to Ohio University where he earned his Master's Degree. In that same year he became superintendent of the Woodsfield schools, a position that he retained until 1965. Then in 1965 with the consolidation of five school districts, he became assistant superintendent of the Switzerland of Ohio School system. A year later he became the Superintendent of the Switzerland of Ohio School system. Del served in this position until he retired in 1979 having served a total of 35 years. All but two of the 35 years were served in administration as opposed to teaching.
Delven is a member of the United Methodist Church where he has been active teaching Sunday School and singing in the choir. He received his 50-year pins for membership in the American Legion and Masonic Lodge. He is a member of Monroe County Veterans Commission and Eastern Stars, the Monroe County Community Action Committee, and a member of the local, state, and national teachers association. He was as a member of Kiwanis for 45 years, the Monroe Co. Library Board, a volunteer fireman, and many other organizations.
When I first met Delven Devore in 1995, he was retired but not idle. Since retiring from the School system he has been active in real estate sales and appraisal through January 2002 when again retired. In the year 2002, at the age of 82 years, Del was still quite active doing his own yard work, mowing, trimming shrubs, flowers, and also much of his won home repairs as well.
Over the years Del has been an avid hunter taking deer, grouse, turkey, and small game. However his favorite sport is fishing and he has made a number of prize catches. He and his wife enjoy traveling an have visited England, Canada, Mexico, and all the 50 states aside from Texas and New Mexico. He enjoys sports, particularly, basketball and football. He has been interested in the family genealogy and has been an important contributor to this book on the Frank Family history.
Children of DELVEN DEVORE and MARY POULTON are:
i. MICHAEL LYNN5 DEVORE, b. March 5, 1944; m. (1) GLORIA CHEPKO, 1970; m. (2) LINDA CINCO, about 1983.
ii. DAVID ALAN DEVORE, b. December 8, 1946.
iii. RICHARD OWEN DEVORE, b. July 25, 1956.
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