John Kenneth "Ken" Devine Jr., 78, of Locke, passed away Friday, March 20, 2020, at Groton Community Health Care Center. Mr. Devine was born in Ithaca on March 15, 1942, to the late John K. Devine Sr. and Olive Nedrow Devine. He was a 1960 graduate of Genoa Central School. Ken attended Baptist Bible Seminary for one year and then went to work at Cornell University, where he retired from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences as a Research Support Specialist. He was a member of the Liberty Hyde Bailey Garden Club, the Rock Garden Society and other horticulture related organizations. He had a strong faith, and loved to be outside gardening. Ken's greatest joy came from the time he spent with his beloved family.
He is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 55 years, Ruth Wattles Devine; his children Lisa (Jim) Walker, Gregory (Sara) Devine and Bethany (Matt) Penrod; his cherished grandchildren, Alexis (Jason) Yagan, Mitchell Devine, Megan Walker, Collin Walker, Elise Penrod and Cuyler Penrod; his sisters Doris (Don) Mundy, Ruby Lois Mikulas and Marjorie (Robert) Quick; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Ken was predeceased by his brother, Timothy Devine. A Celebration of life will be held at a later date. Donations in memory of Ken may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care Services, 11 Kennedy Parkway Cortland, NY 13045.
Arrangements are with White Chapel Funeral Home Inc., Auburn
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