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Joseph Rene Deschryver

July 8, 1932January 16, 2021

Joseph R. Deschryver

LANSING – The world grew a little quieter when Joseph “Joe” Rene Theodore Deschryver, died on January 16, 2021, at the age of 88, due to complications from COVID-19. He was born July 8, 1932 in Vladslo, Belgium to Joseph and Febronie Deschryver. In 1949, at the age of 17, he and his family moved to Lansing. He graduated from Central High School in 1950. He enlisted in the Army during the Korean War where he became a paratrooper in the 11th Airborne Division. Upon his honorable discharge, he worked at Oldsmobile, Exhibit and Display, for 34 years before retiring in 1994. He married Mary “Jane” Morris on October 6, 1956 and they spent 62 years together, loving and caring for each other, before her death in 2019. Together they raised five children: Mary Jo (Phil) Wippel, Carol (John) Stickney, Janet Herington, Mark (Darr) Deschryver, and Kay (Nick) McCord. He has 11 grandchildren: Katie Wippel and Marybeth (Brian) Derks; Sara, Rachel, and Daniel Stickney; Joe and Joshua Herington; Sebastian Deschryver; Chelsea and Zack McCord, and Hannah Pier. He also has five great-grandchildren: Barrett and Brinley Derks; Lexa Herington; Ellie and Jackson Pier. He is survived by two sisters: Hilda Deschryver and Rosa Rohlman. He is also survived by in-laws: Donald Houck, Stephen (Mary) Hundt, Joe (Helyne) Morris, and Margie Morris. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Noella Houck, Mary Hundt, and Dilly Perez; grandson-in-law, Jordan Pier; sisters-in-law Helen Lynch, Dorothy Morris, and Nancy Morris; and brothers-in-law Ronald Rohlman, Jessie Perez, Robert Lynch, Jim Morris, and Bill Morris. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Joe was a member of St. Gerard Church where he attended 6:30 am Mass daily and was a server at funeral masses. Joe and Jane enjoyed many summer vacations packing their five children into an Oldsmobile and driving to various spots around the country. He enjoyed bowling and watching TV with the sound off since he couldn’t hear it anyway. During their retirement, he and his wife went on several cruises, bus tours and of course, there wasn’t a casino in northern Michigan they didn’t like! He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. A special thanks to Joseph and Barb Frazier and all the staff at Fairview Grand Manor in Grand Ledge and to Heartland Hospice for their excellent care and patience with our Dad. There will be a private funeral service for immediate family only at St. Gerard Catholic Church. Interment will be at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery immediately following the funeral. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Fairview Grand Manor or Heartland Hospice in his memory.


  • Fairview Grand Manor
  • Heartland Hospice


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Joseph Rene Deschryver

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Lorri Miller

January 28, 2021


I am so sorry to hear about your father. He was a very nice man.

Our St Gerard family will miss him.

God bless to you and your family

Becky Hosey

January 22, 2021

Many great memories shared with the Deschriver family in years gone by so sorry to hear of your loss he has gone from his earthly home to join your mother in his heavenly home wishing you peace and comfort during these difficult days may God bless you

Nancy Rademacher Terry

January 22, 2021

Just wanted to share a toast to your Dad!
The 6 B's in my fond memories of one of our BEST dads ever...
Boisterous (so cheerful and energetic)
Bear hugging (ahhhh that hurts so good)
Belgian strong
Big in heart and soul
"What are you bums and broads up to!"
All of our love and prayers!

Dennis and Lucy Platte

January 20, 2021

Denny and I send our sincere condolences to your family on the death of your father.
We have such good memories of sharing that 6:30 Mass with Joe and Jane. Your Mom was always so sweet and your Dad so gregarious and friendly, always joking around with everyone. It was a tradition that they provided coffee and donuts and hospitality after that Mass on Fat Tuesday. We all sure enjoyed that!
Joe was always a joy to encounter. May God now welcome him into heaven. God bless you all.

Dale Rademacher

January 19, 2021

Mary-Jo, Carol. Janet, Mark, Kay. My heart goes out to you for your loss. May your family find solace knowing your mom and dad are back together. This was my strength when my mother passed. I can here your dad now looking for the man in charge. Ready to offer suggestions. Peace Be With You

Linda Wolcott

January 19, 2021

Joe you will be missed by your St. Gerard friends. However, I know you and Mary Jane are together again. RIP friend.
Linda Wolcott