Wilford DeVries

July 27, 1930November 13, 2020

DeVries, Wilford A. (Bud), age 90, went to be with his Lord on November 13, 2020 after a short battle with COVID-19. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Sydney, in 1996, after 39 years of marriage. He was also preceded in death by his second wife, Theresa, in 2017.

Wilford was a United States Marine, having served in the Korean Conflict. After leaving the military, he worked at Leedy Manufacturing for a number of years. Then he moved on to work for General Motors Corporation as a machinist, for 25 years, before he retired. Wilford was honored by Governor Jennifer Granholm, who in 2005 personally awarded him a Purple Heart for injuries sustained in battle during the UN Offensive into North Korea.

Wilford enjoyed spending time with his family. He spent a number of years gardening at his home near Richland where he had acres of strawberries and asparagus. After he married his second wife, they moved to the Gun Lake area where he enjoyed fishing and getting together with family and friends to play cards.

Wilford will be lovingly remembered by his sons Scott (Vicky) DeVries, Steven (Linda) DeVries, David (Carolyn) DeVries, Dean (Alicia) DeVries, and Dale (Penny) DeVries; and stepsons Roger (Mary Jane) Merren, Ronald (Cathy) Merren, Robert (Darla) Merren, Richard (Janet) Merren, Randell (Mary Jane) Merren and Russell (Beth) Merren. He is also survived by a brother, Norman (Shirley) DeVries; sister-in-law, Marie (Joe) Rybiski; and brother-in-law, Philip (Lavonne) Chenier. He will be remembered by his grandchildren for his "tell it like it is" attitude.

The family wishes to thank Byron Manor for giving our dad a place to call home for the last few years. We would also like to thank the staff at Mercy Health St. Mary’s for taking such loving care of our father during his final days when we could not be with him.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Wayland VFW Post #7581 or the Dorr American Legion Post #127. A memorial service and fellowship will be held in the spring of 2021. The family welcomes memories and messages in their guest book online at


  • Wayland VFW Post #7581
  • Dorr American Legion Post #127


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Lynnette VanDuine Gallegos

November 20, 2020

Dear Bud, You will be missed. RIP and God bless. You were always such a kind man. Scott and Lynnette

Harold Leedy

November 20, 2020

I worked with Bud 50 years ago before he left GR and went to Kalamazoo. He was a nice man who treated everyone who worked for him and with him fairly and well. He was smart, charismatic and loved to tell stories and excelled when doing so. When he was in a room, everyone knew he was there!! Someone said to me yesterday that 90 years is a long life and I agree but added that I know Bud enjoyed every one of the 90 to the max!!

Linda Gibson

November 20, 2020

I am very sorry to hear Bud has passed. I was his next door neighbor on Boot Lake Ridge, in Shelbyville. Bud was a very nice man and a kind neighbor. May God Bless all. May he rest in peace.

Linda Gibson

Cheryl Pendergrass

November 19, 2020

So sorry for your loss. Hugs and Prayers to all of you. Uncle Bud was a great man and will be truly missed.