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Rev. Robert “Bob” Wopke DeVries, age 93, of Cedar Springs, Michigan, recently of Middlebury, Vermont passed away peacefully at his home and entered his heavenly home on Wednesday, December 29, 2021. He was born August 2, 1928, in Groningen, Netherlands, to the late John and Getruida (Smid) DeVries.

Bob was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 54 years, Eleanor Jean (Dangler) DeVries. It was Bob’s sincere belief that God gave him Jean, his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, along with many dear friends from the churches he pastored for over 60 years.

He is survived by his son, Stephen (Beth) DeVries; daughter, Sue Hutting; 4 grandchildren, Lisa (Daniel) Smith, Robert (Valerie Warren) DeVries, Sarah (Jack Hutchins) Baldwin, and Melody (Joe Anderson) Hutting; and he was blessed with 12 great-grandchildren.

Bob was born in the Netherlands and immigrated with his parents at the age of 2. He served in the United States Navy from 1946-1948. Bob and Jean married in their hometown of Eatontown, NJ, in 1948. They moved to Grand Rapids, MI to attend Calvin College, now University, where he graduated in 1952. He went on to Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA, to earn a Master of Divinity. He pastored these churches: Franklin Lakes Christian Reformed Church of Franklin Lakes, NJ from 1956-1963, Framingham Christian Reformed Church of Framingham, MA from 1963-1970, Rochester Christian Reformed Church of Rochester, NY from 1970-1979, and Northside Christian Reformed Church of Clifton, NJ from 1979-1993. He retired to New Hampshire and later to Vermont. He was a founding member and associate pastor of the New Haven United Reformed Church of New Haven, VT. Bob continued to serve in God’s Kingdom long into retirement by leading Bible classes, serving as clerk of his Classes and preaching quite regularly. Bob and Jean traveled to Europe and South Africa and made lifelong friends from South Africa. He enjoyed reading, antiques, painting and the outdoors.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 25, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at New Haven United Reformed Church, 1660 Ethan Allen Hwy., New Haven, Vermont, 05472, with Rev. Andrew Knott officiating.

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Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, 616-452-3006, exclusive providers of Veterans Funeral Care.


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  1. Doreen Harris on January 8, 2022 at 11:34 am

    My heartfelt condolences go out to Rev. DeVries’ family, many friends and congregants.

    I know that his family, in particular, are grieving right now and no words that I can say would ever be enough. I extend my prayers that you receive comfort during this time of grief and transition.

  2. Calvin J Tuininga on January 9, 2022 at 11:09 am

    My Condolences to the family. I knew and appreciate Bob as a colleague in the ministry in Classis Eastern US. Sad to hear of his passing, but comforted in knowing he is with the Lord. I wish all his family this comfort found in belonging to Jesus, our only Lord and Savior.

  3. Jim & Sue on January 11, 2022 at 8:17 pm

    Our hearts grieve with you as you experience the reality of life (in this world) without the blessing of Bob’s presence. Everyone (including us) who knew & loved Bob also sorrow in his death. Yet we rejoice for Bob who is now in the presence of the the Lord he loved & served; & is also reunited with his beloved Jean.

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