Carl Owen DeVries

10 March, 193930 June, 2021

Carl De Vries, age 82, went to be with his Lord and Savior Wednesday, June 30, 2021. “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21.

He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 62 years, Phyllis; children Doug and Vicki De Vries, Craig and BettyAnn De Vries, Dave and Barbara De Vries; ten grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; siblings Eva Kornoelje, Linda and Paul Stadt, and Marlene Boven; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. He was preceded in death by his infant son; parents Clarence and Martha De Vries; and brother, Robert De Vries.

Carl was born and raised in Grand Rapids and graduated from Grand Rapids Christian High in 1957. He became a skilled tool and die maker, working for several shops in the area before retiring to move up to Paradise, MI. After eight years in Paradise, he and Phyllis moved to Waterford Place in Jenison. During Carl’s retirement, he put his talent for building things with detail and precision to good use, proving himself a highly skilled craftsman, working with metal, wood, and stained glass. Everyone in Carl’s community of family and friends has been blessed by his beautiful creations.

A Celebration of Life will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, July 3, 2021, with an hour of visitation prior at Baldwin Christian Reformed Church, 2101 Baldwin St., Jenison. In honor of Carl and in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Emmanuel Hospice. The family welcomes memories and messages in their guest book online at


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Andrea Draijer-Stadt

3 July 2021

Uncle Carl was a gracious and kind uncle. He always took interest in our lives and made space for the quieter ones to talk. I am really sorry for your loss, Aunt Phyl. Love to you, Andrea & Brian.

Ken Dykstra

2 July 2021

When we sit on our patio, we almost expect Carl to pedal his bike past, stopping to chat ( always so interesting) . He loved to check out the daily construction progress. In spite of persistent requests to Ben, he never did achieve getting a set of prints!

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