Robert J. Devillier, Sr.

June 07, 1925, November 02, 2019

Robert J. Devillier, Sr.

Robert James Devillier was born on June 7, 1925 to Marie Argentine Rivette and Oscar Paul Devillier in Winnie, Texas. He was also welcomed by seven siblings, Oscar, Roland, Doc, Edna Mae, Edgar, Nina and Theresa.

The family lived out in the country near Rayne, Louisiana. Robert had fond memories of his mother’s large garden, milk cows and chickens. He attended St. Josephs School. The family then moved to Crowley, Louisiana where he attended St. Michael’s School. He had many friends and played basketball.

Early on Robert had a very strong Catholic faith and as a boy attended church retreats in Grand Coteau, and Camp Thistlewaite Boys Camp. He also enjoyed many different part time jobs with his sister Edna Mae such as delivering groceries and assembling bicycles at Morgan & Lindsay Dept Store, as well as milking cows.

His brother Roland purchased for Robert (who they affectionately nicknamed Toby) his first baseball bat, ball and glove and played catch with him often, thus beginning his lifelong love of the game. He lost his brother Roland in March of 1939.

Upon high school graduation in 1942 Robert began a series of other part time jobs: livestock auctions with Papa, hauling rice with his brothers and working at the mill. He was of the draft age and Pearl Harbor had greatly impacted the world. This led to his 1943 enlistment in the US Navy just four months shy of his 18th birthday. He lost his grandfather Jean Baptiste Rivette that same year. He headed to Camp Coeur d’ Alene for basic training.

After Radio School at Northwestern University he left for California and onward to the Pacific. After a brief stint in Hawaii, Robert landed, along with an armada of destroyers and battleships in Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands. His troop remained there for 3 years and coming home was a joyous time.  While the years passed his memories of World War II were incredibly vivid.

Greeted back in Crowley by his mother he enjoyed a special month with her before both joining Papa and others in the family in Winnie, living near Gramps old homestead site.

He started working at Union Texas Petroleum in mechanics and served on the credit union board. He coached the company sponsored little league baseball team. Robert married Letha Floyd Dugat and was blessed with two daughters, Carolyn Jean and Catherine Ann. Argentine passed away in 48’ and they also lost Gramps in 49’.

Robert met his future bride, Theresa Adelaide Picou at a company dance.  On April 27, 1957 they were married. Their first son, Roland James was born shortly after. A year later they welcomed their second son Russell Anthony. Robert James Jr. and Roger Alan were soon to follow.  It was a busy time for all!

When Robert purchased his first car, a black Chevy and sold it, it led to another passion: buying and selling cars. He began when his uncle Louis offered him a sales job. After the birth of their first daughter, Kimberly Kay he formed a relationship with Paul Keating and began his career with Keating’s Chevrolet.

Allison Renee was born with Julie Anna following a few years later. The family was finally complete. Throughout work and children Theresa and Robert enjoyed their extended families, sports and trips to the beach. They also enjoyed visiting family in Florida, Oklahoma, Wyoming and vacations in Hawaii Acapulco Italy and the Bahamas.

His strong faith never left him. Robert enjoyed Catholic retreats in his adult life and was a Knights of Columbus at St. Louis Parish for many years.

Another favorite past time was watching his beloved Astros…he attended his first game in 1965 vs. the NY Yankees in the new Astrodome and Mickey Mantle hit a home run. He attended many games in the years to come and was also present at their first World Series appearance in 2005. His final visit to their stadium was in 2014. In his later years he could be found chatting with friends over coffee at the Winnie Pharmacy daily.

He is survived by his children Carolyn Cormier, Catherine Devillier, Jamie and Cynthia Devillier, Russell Devillier, Bobby and Leslie Devillier, Roger and Angela Devillier, Kim and Larry Drew, Allison and Wayne McAnally, Julie and Tony Sanchez and nineteen grandchildren and twenty-four great grandchildren.

Robert is preceded in death by his wife Theresa, parents and siblings. 

His Rosary will be recited at 5:30 p.m., with a gathering of family and friends to follow until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 5, 2019, at St. Louis Catholic Church, 315 Buccaneer Drive, Winnie, under the direction of Broussard’s, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, November 6, 2019, at St. Louis Catholic Church, and his interment with military honors will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Winnie. 

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Broussard's Mortuary - McFaddin Avenue
2000 Mcfaddin Avenue Beaumont, TX 77701
Rosary
St. Louis Catholic Church
315 W. Buccaneer Dr. Winnie, TX 77665
Tuesday, November 05, 2019
5:30 p.m.
Gathering of Family and Friends
St. Louis Catholic Church
315 W. Buccaneer Dr. Winnie, TX 77665
Tuesday, November 05, 2019
6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial
St. Louis Catholic Church
315 W. Buccaneer Drive Winnie, TX 77665
Wednesday, November 06, 2019
10:30 a.m.
Interment with Military Honors
Fairview Cemetery
223 Cemetery Dr Winnie, TX 77665

Comments (10)

  • Patsy Custer

    11 November 2019 at 16:42 | #

    Jamie....So sorry for your loss. Keeping you and your family in my prayers.

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  • Nikki & Lynn Pevito

    10 November 2019 at 12:53 | #

    Allison and family. First I am so deeply sorry for your loss. My dad worked at Keating quite frequently and knew your dad well. When I would ride with dad, Mr Devillier was always very nice. Hold your memories tight.

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  • Carl Keating

    06 November 2019 at 01:34 | #

    What a great man! I couldn't count the number of times my dad recounted a funny thing Robert had done or said. He absolutely loved him. I'll remember him as always cheerful and helpful. God bless him and your entire family in this difficult time.

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  • Sarah Lambert

    05 November 2019 at 16:29 | #

    Our prayers are with the family during this time of sorrow. Your Dad will be missed. It was a blessing to have known him.

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  • Martha Walters Boyle

    05 November 2019 at 16:13 | #

    Carolyn and Catherine, my thoughts are with you during this time of loss

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  • Betty and Corky Peebles

    05 November 2019 at 11:50 | #

    You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

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  • Justin Conway

    05 November 2019 at 07:14 | #

    So sorry for your loss. Prayers are with your family.

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  • Marty & Kay Haley

    04 November 2019 at 23:56 | #

    Jamie, Cynthia, and family, You will all be in our thoughts and prayers. It is never easy losing a family member. We know you have many memories with your dad. Cherish those memories always. May God give you peace and comfort during this time of your life's. God has richly blessed each of you.

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  • Jeni Ramsey

    04 November 2019 at 16:01 | #

    Allison and family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this very difficult time and I pray that God will ease your pain as only he can do. It's a beautiful memorial you wrote to honor your Father! He had a long and very full life and I know loved his large family so very much. You have been blessed with so many years of enjoyment with him and a million memories to hold onto.
    Love you!
    Jeni

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  • Missy Picou LeBlanc

    04 November 2019 at 14:12 | #

    I'm thinking of all of you and sending prayers and love. Uncle Robert was a sweet man, I will never forget him. Peace be with you cousins...

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