Guy F. Devenney - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Guy F. Devenney

November 27, 1952 - February 3, 2024

Guy F. Devenney, age 71, of Dover, DE, passed away on Saturday, February 3, 2024, surrounded by his loved ones, after a short illness at Christiana Hospital.

Guy was born in Wilmington, DE on Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 1952. He was the son of the late William G. and Ruth L. (Garvin) Devenney, Sr. Growing up, Guy spent his summers surfing at Dewey Beach. He graduated from Mount Pleasant High School in Wilmington, Delaware in 1970. He then went on to attend Engine City Technical Institute in New Jersey. He made his career in the trucking industry as the owner/operator of William Transport for over 30 years until his retirement. In the 80’s, Guy was also owner of Palm Aire Stables in Florida. He had a passion for horses and spent his time caring for the horses he owned, training many others, and spectating at the local races and Breeders Cup. Guy was also president of the Team Delaware Swim Club and member of the Infidel Jeep Club, who sponsored the “Back To Blue” fundraiser for the police.

During his retirement, Guy, along with his wife Ruth, began raising and homeschooling their grandson, Gavin. Guy offered not only guidance and support, but unconditional love creating cherished memories that will last a lifetime. Guy may have been big in stature, but his impact on the world and the lives of those around him was immeasurable. He was known to his family and friends as the “Gentle Giant” and will be deeply missed and fondly remembered by all who had the privilege of calling him friend, family, or loved one.

In addition to his parents, Guy was preceded in death by his son, Gregory Alton; and brother, William Devenney, Jr. He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Ruth (Sutton) Devenney; daughter, Christine Alton; sister, Jane Meder; cherished grandson, Gavin Alton; and many nieces and nephews.

Guy and his family would like to thank his long-time physician Dr. Bernard King as well as Dr. Matthew Eppley and the staff and nurses at Christiana Care Hospital that showed such compassion and care during a difficult time.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 9:30 am until 11 am on Friday, February 9, 2024, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 275 East Main Street, Middletown, DE, where a funeral service will begin at 11 am. Interment will follow in Hickory Grove Cemetery, Port Penn Road, Port Penn, DE.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Guy’s memory to New Vocations Race Horse Adoption Program, 719 Dolan Lane, Lexington, KY 40511 or online by clicking here.


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  • It breaks my heart not to have him with us however he was in such pain and unable to move at the end and we all know that is not Guy. This was rather quick so if he didn’t let you know he was sick it was because he didn’t have much time . He was blessed to have friends from all walks of life !

  • Oh Ruth, so very sorry about your loss of your beloved Guy. May all your happier memories bring you peace in your heart & strength of your spirit. Blessings & prayers be with you & your family 🙏♥️

  • Ruth, Christine, Gavin and Jane,
    Our hearts are just broken for you and for all of us that knew him and were lucky enough to be a small part. Our memories are countless and will never ever be forgotten. A force he was and will be forever. Love, Pam, Fred, Natalie and Mary.

  • My condolences to the family. Guy was one of a kind.

  • My condolences to Ruth and her family! I can still remember the first time I met Guy I was scared to death of him! lol. But once I got to know him I learned that he was a big teddy bear! RIP Guy..

  • Ruth and family he was well loved by all. May God give you the strength to get through your days ahead. God bless Julio and Paula

  • There is a huge whole in the world now that Guy is with Greg and his brother. He was an absolute sweetheart to me and am a better person for knowing him. He will be missed. I love you guys and my thoughts are with you in this time of loss.

  • Prayers for the whole family. I wish all of you peace and healing in this difficult time.

  • Ruth, wishing you every comfort as you grieve this heartbreaking loss.😢

  • What a great loss! He was kind and a good friend to all people that knew him. We met him through Team Delaware. He loved kids and it showed. Ruth we know how much he loved you and his family. God bless you and keep you close at this difficult time.

  • Sending our love and deepest sympathy. Guy’s life was a blessing, he was loved beyond words and will be deeply missed. Please know that you are surrounded by love and prayers.

  • I am so sorry for your loss and I am thinking about you and your family.

  • Ruth & Family, my condolences and prayers are with you and the family. God bless, Cassandra & Family. ❤️🙏🏼

  • Ruth- My sincere condolences to you and your family. May your memories of Guy and his life well-lived be a blessing, lending comfort and peace.

  • Going to miss you my friend.RIP

  • Ruth and Family,

    Guy was such a wonderful person to work with. My condolences to all of you.

    Denise and Bob Mullin

  • Ruth you know what you and Guy were to me. I am so sorry for your loss Ruth.I will be here when ever you need me

  • Ruth I am so sad for you and your family. I did not know Guy well but he was a great person. Please contact me. Love you. You are in my prayers.
    Cousin Annette

  • Ruth,
    I can’t even imagine the pain of your loss. It was incredible how he gave his all to homeschool Gavin. My arms are around you❤️

  • You meant the world to me, I appreciate everything you did for me and for teaching me all that I know aswell as raising me to be the man I am today and i will forever cherish that and all the great memories. I will live my life for you and always be strong especially for Mimi and you will live on as long as I’m around since we are very alike. I LOVE YOU AND EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU Even when you get mad haha. Just a hug or a I love you made my days. It’s impossible to describe you with words, But a few words I would say supportive, kind, strong, caring, brave, funny, and amazing are some to describe you but you’re wayyyy more than all that. Driving around or going to fun places or you showing me old places you used to go and telling me about your life and past memories was my favorite. Your life sounded great I wish I could have been there to see it many years ago. And although I only had 18 years with you, it was the best 18 years I will ever have so I will cherish that and make you proud
    Love Gavin,
    your the best Bubba ever and forever

  • Dear Ruth and family,
    We are so sorry..
    Our memories of Guy was that he was bigger than life, always willing to help n find solutions to our issues at Team Delaware n swim meets. His sense of humor was fun n he definitely made us laugh.
    I will never forget the brainstorming to get water into a pool in order to have swim practices..thank goodness for his brilliant idea to get recycle pool water w a tankard no less, during the drought.
    I know losing this amazing husband. Father n grandfather will be difficult n beyond sad. 🙏🏻🙏🏻💖Prayers that the good memories will prevail n provide daily comfort. Hugs for each of you
    Love n prayers
    Gale, Taylor and Robby Duncan

  • Thank you dad for teaching me so much about life and how to be tough & not jet people walk over me!! I’m as tough as I am today because you taught me don’t take NO SHIT LOL 😂 thanks for all you did for Greg, Gavin and mom !!! We will definitely have to adjust on how to navigate this crazy life without you! FLY HIGH DAD❤️

  • I’m so sorry for your loss. Guy captured everyone’s heart. He had a glow about him that will always light your way. Such a treasure you, Gavin, Christine and Gregory were fortunate to have. He will certainly be missed.

  • Guy we were friends for many years I remember going to Brandywine. With you and My Grand father I have pictures of everyone with
    The horses we lost contact for a few years but I will never forget you May you Rest in . Peace

  • Ruth and family
    I am so sorry to hear of Guys passing. He certainly was a kind and caring man. Having that common bond of the love of horses I so enjoyed our conversations every time he would come in to the deli. Bless you and your family