Alvin DeVries, 89, Chester

--obit-devriesAlvin L. DeVries, 89, of Chester, Iowa passed away on Oct. 20, 2013 at Regional Health Services of Howard County with his family by his side.

Alvin was born on July 29, 1924 in Rushmore, Minn. to Martin and Grace (Olthoff) DeVries. He grew up on a farm near Sibley, Iowa with two brothers, Marvin and George. He attended school in Sibley, where he met his wife, Lorna Mae Johnson.

They were united in marriage on Aug. 10, 1946. They farmed near Rushmore. In 1957 they moved to a farm near Chester, where they raised their three children.

Alvin and Lorna enjoyed many bus trip vacations, square dancing, bowling and playing cards. Alvin enjoyed making wood toys for his grandchildren, and Lorna would paint them. He also enjoyed casino trips with his daughters and looked forward to spring and harvest season, where he would drive the tractor and grain trucks with his son. Alvin very much enjoyed watching his grandchildren play softball no matter how far the drive.

Alvin was a long-time member of the Chester United Methodist Church. He helped coach his daughter’s softball team and was a 4-H leader.

He is survived by three children Doug (Janet) DeVries, Elaine (Gary) Gassett, both of Lime Springs, and Denise (Dan) Miller of Rochester, Minn.; five grandchildren, Melisa Bartel (Matt) of Kenyon, Minn., D.J. (Mary) Miller of Lime Springs, Michael (Misty) Gassett of Owatonna, Minn. and Jessica and Jennifer DeVries of Lime Springs; nine great-grandchildren, Alexandra, Savannah, Megan, William, Dillon, Danny, Vanessa, Taryn and Hayden; two sisters-in-law, Trena DeVries and Mavis Christians; one brother in-law, Arnold Molendorp; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Lorna; and two bothers, Marvin and George.

Funeral services for Alvin DeVries will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 at Chester United Methodist Church in Chester, Iowa, with Pastor Melanie Greengo officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Lime Springs, Iowa. Visitation will be held 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013 at Chester United Methodist Church and one hour prior to the service at the church. Condolences may be left online at


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