One of 10 children, Devenay was born in Port Glasgow Scotland and became an apprentice merchant seaman at 15. His ship was torpedoed and the crew was picked up by a Swedish freighter in route to New York City. Classified as a distressed seaman with no papers and only the clothes on his back, he returned on the next ship for the United Kingdom and to Scotland. He served in the army with Gorden Highlanders during the last of World War II.
He immigrated to Canada and enlisted in the Canadian Air Force and served as a paratrooper during the Korean Conflict.
Devenay became a permanent resident in the United States in 1963 and married Barbaara Genty, formerly of Refugio in 1967.
Survivors include his wife of 44 years, BarbaraDevenay; a daughter, Susan Holland of Florida; three sisters, Rose of New Jersey, Philomena and Mary, both of Scotland; four brothers, Michael, Jim, Eddie and Gerald, all of Scotland.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 11 a.m. at Moore Funeral Home Chapel.