Stroo Funeral Home, Inc. 
1095 68th St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49508
Phone:  (616) 455-9280 
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Michael A. Vos - Owner / Manager
 Robert K. Stroo - Owner / President 



Service Information

Herbert John DeVries 

Service: Private, Wednesday, November 18, at Stroo Funeral Home

Cemetery: Kent Memorial Gardens 
Memorials: Compassion International,

Herbert John DeVries, age 87, of Grand Rapids, went home to be with his Lord on Tuesday, November 10, 2020. Herb was a professor of physics at Grand Rapids Community College prior to retiring. He was passionate about trains and shared that passion with the community through his Christmas Train layout at Breton Village. Music was an integral part of Herb's life, and he enjoyed serving as a church choir director for many years. He also enjoyed photography and astronomy, as well as many other interests. Herb's family was very important to him. His wife, Shirley, preceded him in death. He will be lovingly remembered by his children, Kelvin and Debra DeVries, Karen and Wayne Grevengoed, Paul and Ginger DeVries; his grandchildren, Brad and Katie DeVries, Darren and Liz DeVries, Heidi and Brandon Foster, Shannon and Levi Yoder, Josh and Ciera Grevengoed, Kelsey DeVries, Peter DeVries; 14 great grandchildren; his brother, Edward and Dee DeVries; his sister-in-law, Judy and Roger Smeenge; as well as his nieces and nephews. Due to the current health conditions and restrictions, a private family service will be held on Wednesday. Interment in Kent Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Compassion International.

1095 68TH ST SE


# Bob & Harriet Hasper 2020-11-15 16:27
Our sympathy to you and your families - Kel, Karen & Paul,, Good memories of your parents.
# Robb Scholten 2020-11-14 20:06
Herb and Shirley were my favorite uncles and aunt growing up in Holland. Herb and my father were the family engineers and could build the most amazing stuff out of a box of spare parts. Our extended family Christmas parties on Jerome Street was the best day of the year. Once I moved to Grand Rapids for college I was at the Blaine Street house more than my own. The dinner conversation was always fascinating. No topic was off limits, and looking back I think Herb was probably the first liberal I knew, outside of college of course. I hope he was aware that I am ending my career in the Astronomy department at Harvard. He would have liked that. Ironically, one of my students just took a position in Physics at GRJC, it might have been his. As good Calvinists all, Herb and Shirley were models of transforming culture in the name of Jesus. We were fortunate to have grown up under their watchful eyes. Herb would have loved my church in Boston. May they rest in peace.
# Bruce Wiers 2020-11-14 18:58
Condolences to your family. You father, grandfather was my Professor at GRJC in the 1980's. He was very tough but very caring and helpful which assisted me in going further to receiving my engineering degree. I have a lot of fond memories of his lectures and labs. What a great man!

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