Graveside services for John DeVries, age 70 of Sulphur Bluff, were at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012 at the Sulphur Bluff Cemetery with Rev. Ed Dodd officiating.
Mr. DeVries was born on Feb. 16, 1942 in Artesia, Calif., the son of Gerrit and Clazina VanVliet DeVries. He married Alice Koning on Sept. 2, 1973 in Chino, Calif. Mr. DeVries was a dairy farmer and a cattle rancher. He was a member of Sulphur Bluff First United Methodist Church and he served in the United States Army during Vietnam.
He died Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012 at his residence. He was preceded in death by his wife in 2005.
He is survived by a son, Mitchell DeVries of Fort Smith, Ark.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Amy DeVries and Patrick Dennis and Julia and Aldo Molteni of Sulphur Bluff; two grandchildren, his brothers and sisters-in-law, Abraham and Minie DeVries of Ontario, Calif., Cornelius and Mary DeVries of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.; his sister and brother-in-law, Joan and Arlan Van Leeuwen of Oakdale, Calif.
Pallbearers were Karl Ebel, Tony Moore, Barry Ward, Vic Ponder, Mike Ponder and Johnny Pierce.
In lieu of flowers the family request that donations be made to the Sulphur Bluff United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 33, Sulphur Bluff, Tex., 75481.