Terry DeVine, a columnist and managing editor at The Forum newspaper for nearly three decades, is retiring Tuesday.
DeVine, 62, spent most of his 27 years at The Forum as its managing editor. He became a columnist in 1999.
“I just felt at home in a newsroom,” DeVine said. “I always liked the newsroom environment.”
DeVine earlier worked for The Associated Press in Minnesota and South Dakota.
He interrupted his studies at South Dakota State University in 1968 to join the Marines and served in the infantry in Vietnam. One of his duties was to escort journalists to the battlefield.
After returning to South Dakota, he worked for the Sioux Falls Argus Leader newspaper and later The Associated Press in Sioux Falls, where he began working full time in 1970.
“If there was a big story, he wanted to be there,” said Brent Kallestad, a longtime friend and colleague, now with the AP in Tallahassee, Fla.
DeVine joined The Forum in 1981 as news editor, brought in by the late editor Joe Dill, his former boss as chief of The Associated Press bureau in Minneapolis.
Retirement is being dictated by his health. DeVine, who is known for his bearish warmth and love of a good yard, beat esophageal cancer but now is battling a bone-marrow disorder.
Forum Publisher William Marcil said DeVine’s retirement is the end of an era.
“Terry was a good, loyal employee, a great managing editor and a good columnist, as well, so he’ll be sorely missed,” Marcil said.