Date of Death: Nov 23, 2013
[leftcolumn]Mel was born October 19, 1930 in the town of Alto the son of Geram and Martha Medema DeVries. Mel attended Waupun schools, graduating in 1949. On April 9, 1952 he married Janet Redeker in Waupun. Following their marriage the couple resided in Waupun all their married lives. Mel was employed at Gysbers Super Market for 34 years in the meat department. He was in sales for the Action Shopper for 12 years and Advertising Specialties on a part-time basis for about 20 years. He was a charter member of Bethel Christian Reformed Church in Waupun where he served as both a deacon and elder and also taught Sunday School. Mel was an avid hunter, fisherman, and golfer. He and Janet enjoyed winter months in Gulf Shores, AL.
Mel is survived by his wife of 61 years, Janet; a daughter, Debra (Richard) Ritzema of Waupun; two grandsons, Matthew Ryan DeVries and Bradley James Ritzema; a great-granddaughter, Tianna Loomans; a brother, Ken (Evelyn) DeVries; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Larry (Ruth) Redeker of Hartford and Eileen Vant Hoff of Waupun; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and three brothers, John, Ted and George DeVries.