Richard K. DeVries
Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home - Forreston
203 S. 3rd Ave
Forreston, IL
Richard K. DeVries

Died: April 19, 2021; Oregon

FORRESTON – Richard K. DeVries of Forreston, IL. passed away on April 19, 2021 at Serenity Hospice & Home in Oregon, IL, following complications of Parkinson's disease which he had for 22 years.

Richard was the son of Martin and Elvera (Abels) DeVries. He married his high school sweetheart, Evelyn (Ratmeyer) in 1961. After High School he enlisted in the US Navy and served 5 years, including time on the nuclear submarine, the USS Shark.

After leaving the Navy, he learned to fly, and in 1966 was hired by United Airlines, where he had a career of 32 ½ years. During this time he was also involved with farming, The Gideons International, the local school board and his church. After retiring from United he and his wife did volunteer work with various mission organizations, traveling to different locations in their motor home, as well as overseas.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years; son, Steve and wife Anne of Lexington, KY, and daughter, Annette and her husband Scott McManigle of Middletown, VA; eight grandchildren, Daniel (Naomi) McManigle of Middletown, VA, Joel (Rachel) McManigle of Thailand, Seth (Jaime) McManigle of Stephens City, VA, Bethany McManigle of Middletown, VA, Caleb DeVries of Ft. Campbell, KY, Abigail DeVries of Orange, MA, Japheth (Morgan) DeVries of Ft. Jackson, SC, and Emily DeVries (Saam Pourakbarian) of Lexington, KY; nine great-grandchildren; and his sister, Doris and husband Ed Holaday of Forreston.

Rich was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister and brother in-law, Barbara and Jerry Zuspann.

A family service will be held, with burial at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Gideons International or Serenity Hospice and Home.

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Published by Ogle County News on Apr. 30, 2021.
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I am sad to learn of the death of my FCHS Class of '57 classmate, Rich DeVries. He was a kind, gracious and talented friend. I particularly enjoyed seeing his farm and the display of antique farming equipment at our last class reunion. My symphathies to Evelyn and their family.
JoElla Masterson Weybright
April 22, 2021
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