ARAPAHOE, Nebraska -- John Wayne DeVries, 82, of Yuma, Arizona, formerly of Cambridge, passed away on Friday (April 16, 2010).
He was born on a farm near Arapahoe, Nebraska, on Oct. 23, 1927, to Tobias and Elsie Clara (Hein) DeVries. Wayne graduated from Arapahoe High School in 1945.
He farmed until he entered the service in 1950 and served his country during the Korean War in the U. S. Army.
Wayne married Marilyn Johnson in 1954. The Lord gave them 56 years together and blessed them with five wonderful children. Wayne and Marilyn raised their family in Cambridge, where he worked as a private contractor remodeling homes and building new ones until his retirement in 1993.
God gave him a building ministry in Mexico in 1995, where he continued to use the construction talents God had given him. Wayne worked in orphanages, helped to build churches, Sunday School buildings and living quarters for native pastors and their families.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Shelly DeVries; and his parents.
He is survived by his wife, Marilyn DeVries of Yuma, Arizona; sons, Rick and wife, Dixie of Casper, Wyoming, Steve DeVries of Laramie, Wyoming, and Brian and wife, Kris DeVries of Medicine Lake, Montana; one daughter, Mari Lyn and John Poppert of Exeter, Nebraska; four sisters, Mary and husband, Raymond Bockerman of Arapahoe, Dorothy and husband, Harry Wilson of Inland, Nebraska, Elsie Mae Frogge of Grand Island, Nebraska and Phylis and husband, Stanley Alexander, of Grand Island; seven brothers, Carl and wife, Audre DeVries of Beaver City, Nebraska, Bud and wife, Gwen DeVries of Arapahoe, Glen and wife, Jo DeVries of Trumbull, Nebraska, Jack DeVries of Arapahoe, Leonard and wife, Wyoma DeVries of Inland, Harold and wife, Kathy DeVries of Lincoln, Nebraska and Charles DeVries of Arapahoe; two granddaughters; and four step-grandchildren.
Condolences or personal reflections can be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com.
There will be no viewing or visitation.
Funeral services will be Thursday, April 22, 2010, at the First United Methodist Church at Arapahoe, Nebraska, at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Michael Flury officiating. The casket will be closed. Interment will be at the Arapahoe Cemetery in Arapahoe.
Memorials may be given to the Wayne & Marilyn's ministry or donor's choice.
Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe, Nebraska, is in charge of the arrangements.