DEVRIES, Mentje (Mike)

On August 4, 2023, at the age of 94, Mentje DeVries, known to his loved ones as Mike, peacefully passed away, joining the Lord after 67 years of marriage and leaving behind cherished memories as a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Mike was deeply loved by his wife, Eva Hendrika DeVries (Groeneweg), and will be forever missed by his children Margaret (Bill) Poort, Martin (Soo) DeVries, Ruby (Dave) Langdon, Randy (Cathy) DeVries, Todd (Sonja) DeVries, and Heidi (Rob) Klein.

Mike’s legacy is further carried by his 30 grandchildren and 58 great-grandchildren, who hold his memory dear in their hearts, along with numerous nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind fond memories of his late siblings Lolkje (Tjeerd) Wijtsma, Marten (Hennie) DeVries, Simen (the late Eelkje) DeVries, Jan (Alie) DeVries, Ed (the late Sonja) DeVries, and his late brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Baas (Janie) Groeneweg, Max (Mien) Groeneweg, Piet (the late Sya) Groeneweg, Cobie (Jan) Fondse, Corrie Davelaar, Jan (the late Donna) Greenway, Nelly (the late Jan) DeBoer, and Dick (Truus) Groeneweg.

Born on June 21, 1929, in the Netherlands, Mike was the son of the late Jan and Grietje DeVries. Throughout his life, he owned and operated Sparkle Auto Body before retiring. He was a devoted member of the Fellowship Christian Reformed Church, where he found solace and strength in his faith.

A visitation to honor Mike’s life will take place on Wednesday, August 9, from 6:00-9:00 P.M. at the Fellowship Christian Reformed Church located at 641 Elm St., St. Thomas On. The funeral service, a celebration of Mike’s life, will be held on Thursday, August 10, at 2:00 P.M., also at the Fellowship Christian Reformed Church. Mike will be laid to rest in Elmdale Cemetery, following the service. The arrangements are entrusted to Williams Funeral Home, located at 45 Elgin St., St. Thomas.

May Mike DeVries find eternal peace in the arms of the Lord, and may his beloved family find comfort in the cherished memories they shared together.

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