Floyd DeVries

Date of Death: Feb 10, 2012
Floyd DeVries
[highlight_text] (1946 – 2012) [/highlight_text] Floyd L. DeVries, 65, of Waupun, died unexpectedly at his home on Friday, February 10, 2012.


[leftcolumn] Floyd was born September 3, 1946 in Beaver Dam the son of John F. and Sadie Heeringa DeVries. Floyd attended Randolph Christian School, Central Wisconsin Christian School and later Randolph High School from which he graduated in 1963. On August 3, 1968 he married Cheryl Herzog in East Friesland. The couple farmed and raised their children in the rural Fox Lake area. In 1994, Floyd became employed as a corrections officer at Dodge Correctional Institution in Waupun. In 1997 they sold their farm and he continued his employment in corrections where he was a member of its “Honor Guard.” Floyd was an associate member of Edgewood Community Church in Waupun. Floyd was a kind soul who embraced life and enjoyed time with friends and family. He loved farming, enjoyed the Green Bay Packers, was a hard worker, very patriotic, had a big heart and was devoted to his family.

Floyd is survived by his three children, Lisa (Wes) Breder of Huntsville, TX, Leah (John) Unser of Crystal Lake, IL, Matthew (Tanya) DeVries of Junction City, KS; five grandchildren, Loren and Levi Breder, Lucas and Meghan Schmidt, and Nolan Unser; his mother, Sadie DeVries of Waupun; five sisters, Helene (Arky) Navis of Waupun, Ann (Frank) DeYoung of Waupun, Sharon Harmsen of Waupun, Janis (Curtis) Bordewyk of Montpelier, VA, Kristel (Roger) Weinberger of Randolph; a brother, Mark (Duane) DeVries of Randolph; and several nieces and nephews.

Floyd was preceded in death by his father, John F. DeVries; two nephews, Bradley and Todd Harmsen; and a brother-in-law, Barry Harmsen.
[/leftcolumn] [rightcolumn] [highlight_text] Services: [/highlight_text] Funeral services for Floyd DeVries will be held Thursday, February 16th, 2012 at 1 p.m. at the Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun.

[highlight_text] Visitation: [/highlight_text] Friends and relatives of Floyd DeVries may call on the family on Wednesday at the funeral home from 4-7 p.m. and on Thursday at the funeral home from noon until the time of service.[/rightcolumn]

[full] [hr] The Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home of Waupun and staff are serving the family. [/full] [hr]



  1. Cindy Bock Says: February 14, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this sad time. Please accept my sincere condolences.

    Cindy B., CMA
    Dean Clinic
    Beaver Dam, Wi.

  2. To Floyd’s Family:
    Please accept my sincere sympathy in the loss of Floyd. Many years ago I was the babysitter for your family. My name at that time was Smith. We lived on F just a few miles down the road. I oftened wondered what became of the DeVries family and John and Sadie who lived on the farm up on the hill. We all road the bus together too! I lived in Manitowoc for 22 years and moved back to the Beaver Dam area 7 years ago. Again I am very sorry for your loss….. Mary Gloe

  3. Donna Falbe Says: February 15, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    To all of Floyd’s family,
    So very sorry for the loss of Floyd. I talked to him just a few weeks ago, he was thinking of coming up this way after his surgery. I sincerely apologize for not being unable to attend the services. My thoughts & prayers are with you at this trajic time & I am deeply saddened by the loss. Take care & God bless.
    Donna (DeVries) Falbe

  4. Peggy "Kohls" Gawel Says: February 15, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Dear Lisa and Leah, I’m so sorry for the death of your Dad. Please accept my deepest sympathies. I really wanted to come tonight;however, I tore a muscle in my hip and can’t walk. Please get in touch with me when you can. I’ve thought of you so often over the years and really miss you. I’ll keep you in my prayers. Hope we can talk soon.

  5. Brian Zimmerman Says: February 15, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    To the DeVries Family,

    Floyd was in the DOC honor guard for my Dad’s funeral a few weeks back. I am very saddened and you have my deepest of sympathy for your loss. Floyd was a good man, I knew him well through my father.

    Brian Zimmerman

  6. Terry Menne Says: February 16, 2012 at 3:15 am

    To the Family of Floyd DeVries, Please accept our Deepest Sympathies in the passing of Floyd. He will always be remembered as one of the good guys. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Rod & Terry Menne

  7. Lynn Stock Says: February 17, 2012 at 5:01 am

    To Floyd’s Family, my sincere sympathy for your loss. Floyd was one of the 1st officers I met when I started at Dodge 7 years ago. I was new to visiting the seg unit with all the commotion, and feeling pretty nervous, but Floyd was so down to earth friendly, and funny, he really helped put me at ease. Floyd took the time to explain some of the “unique” attributes of that “special” place! I always looked forward to seeing his big smile and hearing his hearty hello. I will always remember how he made me feel welcome at a time, and in a place, when I really needed it. I am sure he will be missed by many. Take care and God bless , Lynn Stock

  8. Dave (Pup) & Gail Tietz Says: February 17, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Dear DeVries Family,
    It made me so sad to hear about Floyd’s passing. He was a great man and someone I would call my friend. There were a lot of good memories back in the days when Pup’s Pizza was around and the guys came in for lunch. He always had a smile on his face and something to say. May you all find peace in the coming days in remembering those special things that made him the great loving person he was.
    Thoughts and prayers,
    Dave & Gail Tietz

  9. Kostas&Vanessa Korias Says: February 19, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Please accept our condolences. May you and yours live long to remember Floyd. We both worked with Floyd as Correctional officers his humor and mentorship were valuable!!!

  10. Steve Thoren Says: February 23, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Dear Leah and Family,
    At a time like this please remember that people care about your feelings and sympathize with you deeply. I will include a memorial message during my dedication portion of ‘The Senior Spotlight’ show this Friday morning, (2/24/12) at 8:05am on WRMN, 1410AM. May your Father rest in peace.

  11. Dave DeVinney Says: February 24, 2012 at 3:27 am

    Floyd was one of the warmest and most gentle of men that I’ve had the pleasure of knowing. He always had a smile even in the most trying of times. I’ll very much miss his presence. You have my deepest sympathy.

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