Richard “Dick” DeVries, age 83 of Buffalo Center passed away Tuesday July 10, 2012 at the Titonka Care Center.
A memorial services will be held 1:30 PM Friday July 13, 2012 at The First Reformed Church in Buffalo Center with Pastor Bill Peake officiating. Visitation will be Thursday July 12 from 5-7 PM at Winter Funeral Home in Buffalo Center. Burial will be at a later date.
Richard “Dick” DeVries was born October 23, 1928 to Robert and Kate (Anderson) DeVries in Buffalo Center, IA. He grew up the youngest of nine children, participated in Eagle Scouts and graduated from Buffalo Center High School in 1946.
He was united in marriage to Evelyn Beenken on June 22, 1950 at the Ramsey Reformed Church.
Dick served in the Korean War as a military police officer from 1947-1949. Upon returning home, Dick worked as a farmer, owned and operated DeVries Lumberyard, Coast-to-Coast Hardware Store and also drove school bus for many years. He also enjoyed his time with the Buffalo Center Volunteer Fire Department, VAC, and being a Boy Scout leader.
He is survived by his two children; Tim (Lisa) DeVries of Hudson, WI and Patty (Tom) Holland of Spirit Lake, IA. Six grandchildren; Chris (Kristy) Holland of Clear Lake, IA, Tony (Mollie) Holland of Plymouth, MN, Ted DeVries of Mankato, MN, Andy (Sheila) Price of Champlin, MN, Hanna DeVries of Mankato, MN and Jeffrey Price of Maplewood, MN. Three great-grandchildren; Carsyn Holland, Ethan, Lacey and Caryn Price and a sister; Ruth Wilson of Sioux City, IA.
Dick is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Evelyn, brothers Jim, Bob, Charlie and Jack and sisters Ethel Oldaker, Elsie Larson and Gladys Becker.