Obituary: Gerrit R. DeVries


July 3, 1925 – December 24, 2020

Information provided by Smits Funeral Home

Gerrit R. DeVriesGerrit R. DeVries, age 95, of St. John, IN, formerly of Lansing, IL, went home to his Lord and Savior on Thursday, December 24, 2020. Beloved husband of Leona “Dolly” DeVries. Loving father of Judith (Stan) Feekes, Gerrit H. (Dianne) DeVries and Robert (Sandra) DeVries. Devoted grandfather of Jonathan (Heather) Feekes, Joel (Amy) Feekes, Jennifer (Brian) Dudzik, Ryan (Jennifer) DeVries, Samantha (Mario) Ortiz, and Cassandra (Andrew) Siersema and great-grandfather of Jane, Tess, Jocelyn, Grant, late Anna, Ellie, Isabella, Lucy, Joseph, Ethan, Elena, and Jack. Dear brother of Tracy (late Richard) Heemstra. Mr. DeVries was a U.S. Navy WWII Veteran and was retired from Kraft Foods.

Funeral service open to friends and family on Thursday, December 31, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Smits Funeral Home, 2121 Pleasant Springs Lane, Dyer, IN with services conducted by Rev. Cal Aardsma. (The service will be live streamed from Smits’ Facebook page at  Interment Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Schererville, IN. Memorial contributions may be given to the Back to God Ministries International or Operation Smile.  For further information, please contact 219-322-7300 or visit our online guestbook and obituary at

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