DEVRIES, Arnold J. 1928-1982
DEVRIES, VANLOH, CAROLUS
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DeVries Rites Held At Rural Ackley Church
Funeral services for Arnold J. DeVries were held on Monday, July 12, 1982 at 1:30 p.m. at the West Friesland Presbyterian Church, rural Ackley.
Pastor Kenneth Remer officiated at the services.
A ladies quartet, Mrs. Edward Ubben, Mrs. Eugene Harken, Mrs. Wayne Neymeyer and Mrs. Chris Ridder sang two selections. Mrs. Lester Neymeyer was organist. Ushers were Ernest Boekhoff and Lester Miller.
Pallbearers were Rodney Carolus, Gregory Carolus, Gordon Carolus, Larry Stubbe, Jeffrey Gronewold and Douglas Gronewold.
Interment was made in the West Friesland Presbyterian Church Cemetery.
The graveside flag-folding ceremony was conducted by the Elliott-Keninger American Legion Post 252 of Ackley.
Doyen Funeral Home of Wellsburg was in charge of arrangements.
Arnold J. DeVries passed away Friday morning, July 9, 1982 at the Ellsworth Municipal Hospital in Iowa falls due to a ruptured blood vessel in the brain. He reached the age of 54 years, two months and 22 days.
He was born on a farm in Butler County, north of Aplington, on April 17, 1928, the son of Jake J. and Jennie (VanLoh) DeVries and attended schools in Aplington and Dumont. In 1938, the family moved to a farm in German Township, rural Ackley, where he graduated from the 8th grade at the German No. 5 School. On April 24, 1953 he was married to Laura Carolus at the Washington Reformed Church, rural Ackley. Following their marriage they lived on a farm in Grundy County for one year and then moved to a farm near Abbott where they lived for four years. In 1958 they moved to their present farm south of Ackley. This union was blessed with four daughters and one son.
Arnold served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict from February 1951 to February 1953, being stationed at Camp Carson, Colorado and also for several months in Alaska.
He was baptized in the Presbyterian Church in Aplington in September, 1928. He became a member of the West Friesland Presbyterian Church of Ackley on October 12, 1952. He served on the Church Session as an Elder and was a Sunday School teacher since 1962.
Preceding him in death were his maternal and paternal grandparents.
Those left to mourn his passing are: his wife, Laura; four daughters and one son, (Verda) Mrs. David Kappel of Ackley, (Doreen) Mrs. Lyle Meyer of Aplington, (Sheila) Mrs. Leon Meyer of Aplington, Rhonda DeVries at home and Ronald DeVries at home; three grandchildren, Nathan Jay Kappel, Andrea Janea Kappel and John Lynn Meyer; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jake J. DeVries of Ackley; two sisters and two brothers, (Dorothy) Mrs. Christie Stubbe of Aplington, Louis DeVries of Linn Creek, Missouri, (Louella) Mrs. Donald Condie of Grand Junction, Colorado, Richard DeVries of Romeoville, Illinois; and many other relatives and friends.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 15 July 1982, sec 2, pg 1
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