Maurice U. Deverill, 89, passed away on Sunday, February 18, 2018.
Maurice was born on September 20, 1928 in Billings, MT to the late Rex and Mary Ann Deverill. He graduated from Billings Senior High in 1947.
He joined the Marine Corps on February 1, 1952 during the Korean War. Maurice was seriously wounded in battle and was honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant on March 25, 1955. He was awarded the Korean Service Medal, United Nations Medal, National Defense Medal, Purple Heart Medal and Good Conduct Medal.
Maurice married Patricia Nelson on May 20, 1955 and had two sons.
Maurice worked for the Conoco refinery in the main lab and asphalt lab for many years and retired from there. During that time, he and Pat also opened and managed a western clothing shop for several years. He loved to golf with his sister Florence and brother Raymond and their buddies in the American Legion. He was a commander in the American Legion, member of the VFW and 4H leader for many years. Maurice was a board member for the Yellowstone Museum, Metra, Chase Hawks & Nile Rodeo and helped dedicate the Yellowstone National Cemetery in Laurel, MT.
He is survived by his wife Patricia of 62 years, two sons, Taun (Debbie Anne) of Gilbert, AZ and Zane-Kelly (Pat) of Phoenix, AZ., brother Duane (Debbie) of California and sister Nadine Peterson of St. Paul, Minnesota. Sister In Law Jocelyn Gardner of Colorado Springs, CO
He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Florence Whitfield of Great Falls, MT, sister Madeline Fish of Great Falls, MT, brother Dr. Raymond Gardner, O.D. of Colorado Springs, CO and brother Capt. James Proper of Denver, CO.
A military grave side service will take place on June 18, 2018 at the Yellowstone National Cemetery, 55 Buffalo Trail Rd, Laurel, MT at 12:00 P.M., followed by a luncheon at the VFW Post 6774, 637 Anchor Ave, Billings, MT 59105.
In lieu of flowers donations to the VFW Post 6774 can be made.