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Marvin DeVries

Marvin H. DeVries

Thursday, September 17th, 1925 - Wednesday, July 1st, 2020
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Marvin Henry DeVries, age 94, died on July 1, 2020. His steady faith led him throughout his life, and in death he joins a heavenly choir, singing praises to his Savior Jesus Christ. He was preceded in death by his dear wife Mildred DeVries, nee vanStedum, his parents, Henry and Jenny DeVries, his twin brother Edward DeVries, and sister Jeannie De Vries DenBesten. His daughters and sons-in law celebrate his life and mourn his death: Claudia and Marc Beversluis, Cari and Richard Shields, Jan and John Klompmaker, and Sharon and Scott Koop. Grandchildren were especially dear to him: David Beversluis, Maria and Matt van Leeuwen, Claire and Matt Veltkamp, Julia and Colin Shields Crestay, Evan Shields, Thomas and Leslie Shields, Rachel Klompmaker, Daniel and Maria Klompmaker, Esther Klompmaker, Laura and Adam Schwabauer, Trevor Koop and his fiancé Rebecca Dorn, and Elizabeth Koop. Marvin delighted in nine great grandchildren, including two sets of twins who reminded him of his own childhood as a twin. He is also survived by his sister Winifred DeVries Nydam and sister-in-law Nellie DeVries.

Marvin was a graduate of Pullman Technical High School and the Illinois Institute of Technology. His Roseland business, O’Connell Electric, was dear to his heart and an opportunity for service and friendship as well. Marvin had a generous heart and was a loyal servant of his communities, serving repeatedly on boards and councils for churches (most recently Grace Community CRC), schools (Roseland Christian School and Chicago Christian High School) and his neighborhoods. More recently he was a loved member of the community at Smith Village in Chicago. The family especially thanks the residents and staff for their care and friendship during these last years and the recent months when COVID prevented our visits.

A private family memorial will be held. As a veteran of the Army Air Corp at the close of World War Two, Marvin will be buried in the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, where his late wife is also buried.

Memorial contributions may be sent to

Roseland Christian Ministries
10858 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60628

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The DeVries Twin Scholarship at Calvin University
Development Office
3201 Burton St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

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Charles Marcus

Posted at 12:03pm
Chuck & Cheryl Marcus
Our condolences to the family and freinds of Marv. It is a cherished memory to have worked for and with Marv for about 28 years. We are also very Thankful for his very long lasting freindship to the Vander Woude family. He was a committed Christian boss who became a most special freind. He was able to set very high standards for himself, for the electrical constuction industry and for the people who he worked with and associated with. Our prayers and blessings to Marv's family.
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Marvin Schaap

Posted at 02:01pm
Marvin Schaap
My condolences to Marv's family. It was truly a blessing to have Marv as my employer for many years. He was always a fine Christian example and always showed respect for everyone. It was easy to love and respect him in return.
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Rich Schaeffer

Posted at 12:35pm
My condolences to the family on the passing of your Dad and Grandfather. Marv and I met in 1967, when our family moved across the street from the DeVries family in Evergreen Park. I looked up to Marv as a business leader, business advisor, spiritual advisor and mentor... who grew to be a friend and a substitute father as my Dad had passed away so long ago. Through his guidance and direction, I grew into a better man and watched Marv influence other men to grow in their walk with the Lord. Marv taught me to put the Lord first in everything and allow the Lord to guide and govern my life. Claudia, Cari, Jan and Sharon - your Dad left a lasting legacy of the importance of God, family and the community of believers. I was honored to know and spend time with both Marv and Millie. And I pray for Gods comfort and peace for the family at this time.
Rich Schaeffer
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Susan Heemstra

Posted at 08:54pm
Marv’s kindness and Christlike attitude made a lasting impression on me as a child at Park Lane CRC. Always smiling when I visited at their home with my friend, Cari. A beautiful legacy for all who knew him. Blessings and peace to all of his family.
Sue Sluis Heemstra
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Eileen Hofstra

Posted at 05:22pm
Marv was a great servant of God ,glad to have know him, he was a cousin of my husband and thought of him often, may his daughters experience God presence during this time, Eileen Hofstra
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