Sept. 9, 1938 - Nov. 13, 2011
ARAPAHOE, Nebraska -- Jack Lee DeVries, 73, died Sunday (Nov. 13, 2011), at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska.
He was born on Sept. 9, 193, at Arapahoe, to Tobias and Elsie Clara (Hein) DeVries.
He grew up in Arapahoe and attended Arapahoe High School, graduating with the class of 1957. After school, he helped his parents on the farm for two years and worked for his sister, Mary and her husband, Raymond Bockerman.
In the summer of 1960, he went to Toledo, Ohio for schooling in Meat Cutting, and returned to work at Custom Pack in Hastings, Nebraska.
He came back to Arapahoe and worked at Bellamy's John Deere for three years and at Arapahoe Coop as a tank wagon driver.
In 1971, he moved to Omaha, Nebraska and worked 20 years as a bartender. He then returned to Arapahoe and lived at Sunshine Village.
He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church of Arapahoe. He volunteered at the Arapahoe Senior Center while also serving on the board of directors.
He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, John Wayne DeVries, and brother-in-laws, Stanley Alexander, Raymond Bockerman and Richard Frogge.
He is survived by brothers, Carl and wife, Audre DeVries of Beaver City, Nebraska, Bud and wife, Gwen DeVries of Arapahoe, Glenn and wife, Jo DeVries of Trumbull, Nebraska, Leonard and wife, Wyoma DeVries of Inland, Nebraska, Harold and wife, Kathy DeVries of Lincoln, Nebraska, Charles DeVries of Arapahoe; sisters, Mary Bockerman of Arapahoe, Dorothy and husband, Harry Wilson of Inland, Nebraska, Elsie Frogge of Grand Island, Nebraska, Phyllis Alexander of Grand Island; and sister-in-law, Marilyn DeVries of Yuma, Arizona.
Funeral services will be Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Arapahoe with the Rev. James Moshier officiating. Inurnment will be at the Arapahoe Cemetery. Military rites will be presented by the Edison American Legion.
Condolences and personal reflections may be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com
There will be no viewing and visitation as cremation was chosen.
Wenburg Funeral Home, of Arapahoe, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements.