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Thomas Devine Sr.
Martha Dobbins
Frederick B. Ward
Julia Burr Engle
Thomas Devine Jr.
Amy F. Ward
Andy Devine


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Dorothy Irene House

Andy Devine

  • Born: 7 Oct 1905, Flagstaff, Coconino, AZ 2 3
  • Marriage: Dorothy Irene House on 28 Oct 1933 in Las Vegas, Clark, NV 1
  • Died: 18 Feb 1977, , Orange, CA at age 71 3
  • Crem.: Corona del Mar: Pacific View Memorial Park, Orange, CA 4

bullet   Other names for Andy were Andrew Devine,2 Andrew V. Devine 3 5 and Andrew Vabre Devine.


bullet  Burial Notes:

Andy was cremated and his memorial service was at Pacific View Memorial Park, but at Andy's request, sons Dennis and Tad disposed of his ashes in California as Andy requested. There is no marker or tombstone at the cemetery.


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

1. Evidence: Article about Andy Devine, famous actor and son of Thomas Devine, Kingman, Mohave, AZ. 6 Because this article is copyrighted, we refer you to read it here, well worth the time:

2. Occupation: a famous Hollywood actor.
His biography appears on Wikipedia at
A complete list of his films:

3. Census: 1910, Kingman, Mohave, AZ. 2 Thomas Irvine [handwriting on census page is hard to read so it was indexed as Irvine instead of Devine], keeper hotel, 41, was living with wife Amy, 37. They were married 11 years and she had birthed 2 children, both alive in 1910: Thomas, 10; and Andrew, 4. Thomas was born in Michigan, and his parents in Ireland. Amy and her mother were born in Illinois, her father in Connecticut. The children were born in Arizona.

4. Census: 1920, Kingman, Mohave, AZ. 5 Tom Devine, 50, manager hotel, was living with wife Amy, 46; Thomas W., 19; Andrew V., 14. Thomas was born in Michigan, his parents in Ireland. Amy and her mother weres born in Illinois, her father in Connecticut. The children were born in Arizona. They are living at 339 Front St., obviously a hotel since the census lists the names of many roomers in addition to the family. [Note: in 1955, Front Street was renamed Andy Devine Avenue.]

5. Census: 1930, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA. 7 In 1930, Andrew V. Devine was renting a home at 1181 N. Las Palamas Avenue in Los Angeles. He is living alone, although curiously in the married column, it indicates he is married and did marry at age 21. He was born in Arizona, his father in Michigan, and mother in Illinois. His occupation is actor, motion picture.
[Note: since Andy didn't marry Dorothy House until 1933, this suggests he married a first wife in 1927, and was separated by 1930.]

6. Book: John Wayne, American, 1995. 4
In January 1977 And Devine died of leukemia. [John] Wayne had first met Devine in the 1930s, but they became close friends in 1938 during the filming of "Stagecoach," and like everybody else who knew Devine, he had an immediate fondness for the portly actor with the high-pitched, whining voice. Over the years Devine managed to support himself in the business, even if the parts had become more mundane than those he had once received from John Ford. Younger audiences remembered Devine as "Jingles" the jovial, hapless sidekick to Guy Madison in the 1950s television series "Wild Bill Hickok." He was hardly jovial at the end. Chemotherapy robbed Devine of his hair and girth but did nothing for leukemia. Devine was buried at Pacific View Memorial Park in Newport Beach, and Duke decided during the funeral that he wanted to be buried there as well.

7. Evidence: Kingman Celebrates Famous Son Andy Devine, 1 Dec 2006, Kingman, Mohave, AZ. Copyrighted article appears online at this link:


Andy married Dorothy Irene House, daughter of Charles Chesley House and Candace Lillian Drope, on 28 Oct 1933 in Las Vegas, Clark, NV.1 (Dorothy Irene House was born on 21 May 1915 in Holly, Prowers, CO 1 8 and died on 14 Jun 2000 in Newport Beach, Orange, CA 1.)

bullet  Marriage Notes:

Note from Andy's son Tad: It was in 1933 on a John Ford directed picture at Universal Studios, "Doctor Bull", that Dorothy and Andy met.



1 Mohave Museum of History and Arts (Kingman, Mohave County, Arizona. See:, Email from Kay Ellermann, Librarian, 18 Jul 2008.

2 1910 United States Census, Arizona, Mohave County, Kingman, Series: T624 Roll: 41 Page: 25.

3 California Vital Records, Death record for Andrews V. Devine at

4 Roberts, Randy; Olson, James Stuart, John Wayne: American (Published 1995. Simon and Schuster. 738 pages.), Page 623.

5 1920 United States Census, Arizona, Mohave County, Kingman, Series: T625 Roll: 47 Page: 228.

6 Mohave Museum of History and Arts (Kingman, Mohave County, Arizona. See:,

7 1930 United States Census, California, Los Angeles County, Los Angeles Assembly District 55, Series: T626 Roll: 134 Page: 207.

8 1920 United States Census, Colorado, Prowers County, Holly, Series: T625 Roll: 169 Page: 107.

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