DEVRIES, Willard H. 1924-1985
DEVRIES, JANSAN, CONRAADS
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Date: 3/8/2017 at 11:41:06
Services Held Monday For Willard DeVries
Willard H. DeVries of RR1, Holland, passed away at 12:04 a.m. Friday, October 18, at Sartori Memorial Hospital in Cedar Falls, after suffering an apparent heart attack at his farm home.
Funeral services were held at the Pleasant Valley Reformed Church, rural Holland, on Monday, October 21, at 2 p.m. Pastor Joel Brummel officiated.
Wayne Arends sang "Does Jesus Care?" and the congregation sang "How Great Thou Art." The accompanist was Mrs. Dale Akkerman, who also played selected numbers for the prelude and postlude.
The casket bearers were Dale Akkerman, Melvin Freeseman, Harold Aswegan, Glen Lage, Wendell Voss and John Akkerman.
The ushers were Charles Freese, R. M. VanHauen and Jake Schoneman. Mrs. Herbert Johnson and Mrs. Carl Voss were in charge of the floral arrangements.
Interment was in the Pleasant Valley Reformed Church cemetery.
Relatives and friends were invited to return to the church following the committal services for a period of Christian fellowship and refreshments.
Mr. DeVries was born February 12, 1924, near Holland in Grundy county, the son of Ubbie and Nellie Jansan DeVries. He attended rural school in Grundy county.
On April 21, 1945, he was united in marriage to Mary Conraads of Parkersburg. Willard and his family resided on a farm west of Fern their entire married life. He was a life-long member of the Pleasant Valley Reformed Church and was serving in the office of Elder at the time of his death. He also served several years as a church cemetery trustee.
He attained the age of 61 years, eight months and six days.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and two sisters.
He is survived by his wife, Mary; one son, Larry of RR2, Parkersburg; two daughters, Mrs. Gary (Linda) Meyer of Waterloo and Lisa, at home; one brother, Elky DeVries, RR2, Grundy Center; and three sisters, Mrs. Tena Meester of rural Dike, Mrs. Anna Meester and Mrs. Clarence (Alvina) Walterman, both of Parkersburg.
A memorial fund has been established.
The Engelkes-Abels Funeral Home of Grundy Center was in charge of the arrangements.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 24 October 1985, pg 13
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