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Firefighter
Age: 50
Year of Death: 2005

Donald E. DeVries

Submitted by his wife

Donald E. DeVries served on the Belvidere Volunteer Fire Department in Belvidere‚ SD‚ for 32 years. Don was very generous with his time‚ being a member of the Belvidere Community Church where he served as an elder for 14 years. He was instrumental in the development of the Belvidere Christian School where he served as president and secretary. He had served on the Belvidere Cemetery Board for 30 years‚ and presently served as sexton of the cemetery and worked very hard at maintaining the cemetery grounds. Don was a member of the West Central Board of Directors since 2000‚ a member of the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association‚ and the American Quarter Horse Association.

Don was a man who gave selflessly to his neighbors and community.

Don’s true love was his family and ranching‚ especially enjoying raising cattle and quarter horses. He loved that he was on the family farm that originated from grandparents that immigrated from Holland to South Dakota.

Grateful for having shared his life include his wife Dana DeVries of Belvidere; three daughters Terri Tieman and her husband Aaron of Rapid City‚ SD‚ Kelli Halls and her husband Shane of Hot Springs‚ SD‚ and Kerri Schofield and her husband Andy of Belvidere; his mother Kate DeVries of Belvidere; and a sister Ruth Ann Niehoff and her husband Dennis of Carson City‚ Nevada.

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