Brian Donald Devera, 59 of Streator passed away Thursday evening September 17, 2020, surrounded by his family, at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center, Rockford, IL.
Graveside services will be held Wednesday September, 23, 2020 at 11:30 A.M. at St. Stephens Cemetery, Streator. An open house style Celebration of Life Luncheon will be at the Knights of Columbus outside Pavilion immediately following the committal service. A Private family visitation will be held prior to the Graveside service. The family requests casual or Gym attire for the services and Celebration of Life. Masks are required.
Pallbearers will be; Matt Devera, Caleb Elliott, Tyler Revelle, Colten Alverado, Jeremy Devera, Jacob Devera, Nathan O'Rourke, Ryan O'Rourke, Josh Hurt, Dustin Jones, Sergio Alverado, Jason Armstrong
Honorary Pallbearers: Regina Devera, Kayla Devera, Ashlyn Elliott, Adriana Hernandez, Alyssa Espinoza
Brian was born on October 10, 1960 in Streator to John and Louise (Kusnerik) Devera. He married Dede Higdon on November 6, 1982, which resulted in their 4 children. When that marriage didn't work out, he raised the kids on his own for the next 3yrs until he met the love of his life and married Janet Voights on June 11, 1996 in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. She survives. This merged her 2 kids with his and formed a Brady Bunch like family with an unbreakable bond. Life was chaotic, messy, loud, stressful, and sometimes obnoxious, but he managed it all with patience, kindness and love.
To say that Brian was a kind soul is an understatement. He knew no strangers, and could make friends with absolutely anyone at any time. Whether it had been years since he'd seen you or just the day before, he was sure to greet you with a big smile and a huge bear hug. His love for his family and his friends was evident in everything he did. Brian loved cooking, grilling and baking. He worked hard all week, but weekends were spent with his kids and grandkids. "Family fun days" were spent in Chicago, at the orchard, Starved Rock or other various destinations. Sundays were for family dinners at home. A float in the pool with his grandkids only made it that much better. At the end of each day, his favorite place was on the couch next to his "bride".
Surviving are his children; Regina (Sergio Alvarado) Devera of Streator, Kayla (Adriana Hernandez) Devera of Streator, Matthew (Corina Montoya) Devera of Lexington IL, Caleb (Alyssa Espinoza) Elliott of Streator and Ashlyn (Jason Armstrong) Elliott of Streator. Brother: Dale (Debbie) Devera of Streator and Marla (Mark) O'Rourke of Streator. Grandchildren; Tyler Revelle, Colten Alvarado, Kayleigh Devera, MacKenzie Devera, Adalyn Elliott, Jaxon Devera, Emersyn Elliott, Isabella Devera and a grandson on the way, Mother and Father in law; Carol and Ed Voights, Sister in law; Mary (Mark) Dutko and Brother in law Brian (Kendra) Voights, several nieces, nephews, and cousins and Special Friends Karyn Yurko, Seth Spiva, Lila Mikolajczyk and Cianna Khoija.
He is preceded in death by his parents, son Clint Devera and his previous In Laws Delores and Clint Higdon.
Brian took pride in and loved his job as a Value Stream leader/Supervisor at Plymouth Tube in Streator. He had a love for weight lifting and found his local gym to be his second home. He became a certified physical trainer. Eventually, he was able to make his dream of owning his own gym a reality when he and Janet purchased that same gym and turned it into The Edge Gym and Fitness. It was important to him to provide an affordable place where people felt comfortable and part of a family instead of just a number. He tried very hard to personally welcome each and every member and thank them for choosing his gym. The gym was an extension of his already large and loving family.
He had a love for fishing and belonged to Lazy Acres in Streator where he would take his grandkids and teach them to fish. He loved his home town and was active in the community with Streator Chamber of Commerce, Live Well Streator, and was on the committee each year for the Streator Overdose Awareness Walk. He was a former member of St Stephens Church and now a member of St. Michael Archangel Church of Streator.
The world was truly a better place because he was in it. His memory will live on in his kids and grandkids forever.
Memorials may be made to the family or to the Dusty Roads Foundation.