Gerald DeVries, 87, went to his eternal home on Monday, October 26, 2020 at Good
Samaritan Society in Corsica, SD. There will be a private family funeral service
on Saturday, October 31, 2020 at 10:00 AM at Harrison Community Church (South
Church) with a live feed on the church Facebook page. Committal service will
follow the funeral service at Harrison Cemetery. Arrangements by Koehn Bros.
Funeral Home in Armour.
Leonard Gerald DeVries was born to Gerrit L. and Dora (VanDenHoek) DeVries on
April 29, 1933 on the family farm that all the children were born and raised on
south of Harrison, SD. He attended Leddy School until the 8th grade and then
assisted Gerrit with farming until joining the U.S. Army. He attended basic
training in Ft. Sill, OK from April 2, 1953 being sent overseas for the Korean
War Conflict and being honorably discharged April 7, 1955. All while there
corresponding with his special girl back home. He was united in marriage to Ruby
Lou Ligtenberg on October 27, 1955. To this union 6 children were born. The
spring of 1956 they settled on the farm milking cows until 1993 and then semi
retiring and stayed busy clearing scrap iron until the spring of 2018, as well
as many years always looking forward to cutting hay on the farm that is still
his. Ruby passed at a young age of 44 on January 17, 1980. Leonard was a
baptized and lifelong member of Harrison, SD churches, being both deacon and
elder for many years. He was also a member of the Everson Beukelman Post 274. He
was proud of his service and of his children and grandchildren that have and are
He leaves behind his children, Lewis (Pauline) DeVries of Plankinton, SD,
Lowell (Elaine) DeVries of Corsica, SD, LeRon (ReVay) DeVries of Corsica, SD,
Ruth Airheart of Custer, SD, Ronda (Tim) Hollander of Corsica, SD, and Roxann
(LaRon) Gerlach of Stickney, SD, 18 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, 26
great-grandchildren, 6 step-great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild, 2
sisters, Anna Mae Tamminga of Hudson, MI and Emily Isakson of Puyallup, WA,
in-laws, Irvin (Evalou) Ligtenberg, Jim Ligtenberg, Norman DeHaai, and many
nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby, parents, granddaughter, Janelle,
son-in-law, James P. Airheart, brother, Erwin (Pat) DeVries, sister, Lorraine
(Don) VanSchapen, in-laws, John Tamminga, Alvin Isakson, Robert (Cornelia)
Ligtenberg, Jeri Ligtenberg, Eileen (Andy) VanZee, and Phyllis DeHaai.