PETER DEVRIES - ADDISON - Peter DeVries, 73, a longtime resident, went to be with the Lord, Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, in Our House Residential Care Home, Rutland, following a long illness. Born in Hollum, the Netherlands, July 15, 1939, he was the son of the late Samuel and Grace (Vanhuizen) DeVries. Peter and his wife, Linda, moved here in 1969 from Middletown, N.Y., and have operated DeVries Dairydale Farm for many years. The family continues to operate the farm. He was a member of the New Haven United Reformed Church and the Gideon's International. Peter loved working the land and often would have one of his beloved grandchildren in the tractor with him. He had a genuine love for the Lord, a love that overflowed into everyone around him. He was a wonderful husband and loving father, who filled his home with lots of laughter. Surviving family members include his wife of 43 years, Clara L. "Linda" DeVries, of Addison; three sons, Daniel P. DeVries of Addison, Samuel H. DeVries and wife, Alisa, of Addison, and David W. DeVries and wife, Julia, of Addison; one daughter, Jodie L. Roorda and husband, Richard, of Addison; one brother, Henry DeVries of Middletown, N.Y.; one sister, Della Roorda of Whiting; and 11 grandchildren. He was predeceased by four sisters, Anneka Zylstra, Theresa Roorda, Tilly DeVries and Alice VanWieren. Relatives and friends are invited to visiting hours from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2012, at Sanderson-Ducharme Funeral Home, 117 South Main St., Middlebury. The funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, at New Haven United Reformed Church, with the Rev. Jeremy Veldman, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in Prospect Cemetery, Vergennes. Online condolences may be made at www.sandersonfuneralservice.com. The family suggests that memorial donations be made to Champlain Valley Christian School, 2 Church St., Vergennes, VT 05491.
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Published in The Burlington Free Press on Oct. 29, 2012