Woodbury County

Robert Tynan Devoy






Robert Tynan Devoy was born 4 February 1919, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to James and Edna Clare (Moore) Devoy. Attended Kenwood Elementary in Minneapolis, St. Thomas Military Academy in St. Paul, graduating in 1936. Attended College at University of Minnesota, Creighton University, and graduated 1942, in Business Administration.

Entered the U.S. Army, 29 November 1942, at Fort Snelling, Minnesota. Assigned to Company D, 302 Infantry, 94 Inf Division. Trained at Camp Phillips, Kansas, and Camp McCain, Grenada, Mississippi, learning communications. Overseas maneuvers were in Murphysboro, Tennessee. Earned the Combat Infantry badge.

Departed for the European Theater, 6 August 1944, arriving in London eight days later. Saw action in Normandy, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, and was in Occupied Czechoslovakia after the war for six months.

Returned to the United States on 10 November 1945. Earned the Good Conduct Medal, European Theater of War Decoration, the Overseas World War II Medal, the 302nd Infantry, Company D Medal, as well as a Bronze Star for Heroism in Battle.

Married Patricia Ann Donohue, 12 June 1943, in St. Joseph’s Hospital Chapel, Sioux City. To this union were born, Mary Janet Reisbig, Mary Jean, Robert Tynan Devoy, Jr., Patricia Ann Bonge, Catherine, Ann Marie Frederick, and Susan Clare.

Robert enrolled in Creighton University of Pharmacy, 1946-1950, graduated with a degree in Pharmacy. After graduation, Bob was manager of the Pharmacy at Toller Drug Company in Sioux City. Lived here for five years, before moving to O’Neill, Nebraska, where they purchased and managed the Rexall Drug Store until his retirement in 1985.

He retired due to Parkinson’s disease and passed away 25 December 1993, at home in O’Neill.

Submitted by his wife, Patricia Devoy.