Warren L. De Vries 88, died peacefully on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at Casa de la Luz hospice in Tucson. There will be no funeral service. A private family gathering will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a contribution in Warren's memory to the
or the Casa de la Luz Foundation. Warren De Vries was born on May 28, 1925 in Orange City, Iowa. After attending Northwestern Junior College in Orange City, he served as an officer in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946. Mr. De Vries graduated from Drake University Law School in 1949. He and Evelyn June Smith were married from 1949 until her death in 2001. Warren married Margaret Harriet Stoner in 2003. Mr. De Vries opened his law practice in Mason City, Iowa in 1950, specializing in insurance defense. He was a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers, and the Federation of Insurance Counsel. An avid golfer and bridge player, Mr. De Vries was a member of the Oro Valley Country Club. He was also a member of St. Mark's United Methodist in Tucson. In 2004, Mr. De Vries established a family charitable trust to benefit colleges, schools and nonprofit organizations in perpetuity in and around Orange City, Mason City and Des Moines. Mr. De Vries was preceded in death by his first wife, June; his parents, Charles J. and Marie (Prins) De Vries of Orange City, and his sister, Dorothy (Clarence L.) Ver Steeg of Evanston, Illinois. He is survived by his wife, Harriet, of Oro Valley and sons, Klay of St. Paul, Minnesota (wife Nancy, children Lauren (Tom) Hertel and Carly) and Philip of Colorado Springs (wife Anne, children Jennifer and Charles).
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Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Nov. 23, 2013