Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

621 South Jefferson, Mason, MI


David John DeVries

January 16, 1928October 5, 2019

Another good man died this week. David was born January 16, 1928 in Lansing, Michigan, the son of Dr. Corydon L. Ford DeVries and Frances E. Klaassen DeVries.

He attended Lansing schools through Junior High and then graduated from Culver Military Academy in 1945. After the war he graduated from MSC (MSU) in 1951 with a BS Degree in Mathematics and as a Distinguished ROTC Military Student. He served as a 1st Lieutenant Armor with the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea in 1952 where he was awarded the Bronze Star, Silver Star and the Purple Heart. After discharge from the Army he attended General Motors Institute and graduated as an Industrial Engineer.

At General Motors he served as a foreman in the Tool Room Heat Treat and Welding Department and was later transferred to Non-Product Purchasing Department and retired in August, 1992.

He is survived by his wife Marie Mattson DeVries and two daughters Paula Hein (Keith) and Diane Martin (Rich Channel) and one grandson Corydon Clevenger Martin.

He was a long time member of Plymouth Congregational Church where he served as a Sunday School Teacher for 14 years, served as Church Treasurer and frequently sat on various boards and committees.

Donations may be made to Plymouth Congregational Church, 125 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Lansing, MI 48912.

There will be no service. A private memorial and Interment will take place at the Culver Academies Chapel Columbarium, Culver, Indiana at a later date.


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David John DeVries

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Audrey Cornell Putman

October 8, 2019

I was privileged to work with Dave at Oldsmobile. As a young woman he taught me so much about the business world. As young marrieds we didn't have any Christmas decorations. Marie, you shared some of yours with us. We still have some that go on the tree every year. I have been thinking about Dave lately. I am so sorry for your loss. Always think of you as I go down Waverly to the airport. Sending my love.