Harold “Dutch” DeVries

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Monday, August 13, 1928
Date of Death:
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
Age:
93 years old

Visitation

Date: Saturday August 06, 2022
Time: 12:00 pm

Location: River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home [ view map ]

Memorial Service

Date: Saturday August 06, 2022
Time: 1:00 pm

Location: River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home [ view map ]

Burial

Location: Oakwood Cemetery

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Monday, August 13, 1928
Date of Death:
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
Age:
93 years old
Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Monday, August 13, 1928
Date of Death:
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
Age:
93 years old

Harold “Dutch” DeVries

Harold J. “Dutch” DeVries died suddenly on May 24, 2022 at St. Mary’s Hospital of heart complications. He was born August 13, 1928 in Racine Township, MN (near Stewartville), one of 11 children. He is survived by wife, Mary Ann, sister Joanne Davis, children Susan Hallberg (Victor), Steve DeVries (Marie), Mark DeVries (Elyse), 8 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

Dutch graduated from Rochester High School (class of ’46) and attended Iowa State Teachers College. He was a driver-salesman for Texaco/Big Four Oil Company, worked for Federated Insurance Company, later a supervisor for Rochester Public Utilities from 1970 – 1990.

Elected Alderman (1st Ward, 1961-64) and Alderman -At-Large (1964-70) for the city of Rochester, he also served on the Rochester Quarterbacks Club, the Junior Chamber of Commerce, Hawthorne School PTA, the Rochester Alumni Association, Rochester Alumni Wrestling Association, Cub Scouts and the YMCA Youth Athletic Program. For his service in many roles, the City of Rochester proclaimed August 13, 1990 “Harold ‘Dutch’ DeVries Day.”

A Minnesota high school finalist in wrestling and track, he later earned the Jaycees Silver Key Award, Outstanding Young Man Award and is in the Mayo Civic Center Region One Wrestling Hall of Fame.

In retirement, he and Mary regularly traveled to the Northshore and, in winter, to Padre Island, TX. He also vacationed with family and attended many events, in particular, the NCAA Wrestling Tournament each spring. Burning meat on the grill, playing 500 and enjoying time with old friends were other highlights.

Active in his church, he volunteered regularly. When his community became the Waters, he continued to be of service to others to the best of his ability. His open, friendly manner, easy joking, and great smile will be remembered by many. Family members often heard – “Everybody loves Dutch”. He wanted people to be happy and loved his tongue-in-cheek slogan, “You ain’t much if you ain’t Dutch”.

The family wishes to express its gratitude to the staff at the Waters for their kindness as well as to Dr. Denise Dupra his long-time Mayo physician. At his request, his body was donated to the Mayo Alzheimer’s Study.

His memorial service will be held in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home on August 6 at 1 PM. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service in the chapel.  A social hour for family and friends will follow. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery. Memorials preferred to Redeemer Lutheran Church in Rochester or Mayo Clinic’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center.

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Susan, Steve, Mark and family...


 


 I am so very sorry about the passing of your dad.  Your mom and dad were such wonderful neighbors to our family.  I can still hear your dad when he came over to the house every Friday to have coffee with dad.....he would say "Well hello Violet". Mom's name was Viola and she thought that was so funny. I am sure dad was there to greet him. Hugs to all of you.


 


Judy

Deepest sympathy to the family,


I have such great memories of Dutch, especially visiting with him and always shaking my hand at Redeemer Lutheran Church nearly every Sunday for  all the 45 years I attended church there!  Then Dutch and I  sat at the same dinner table at the Rochester Quarterbacks Club for many years, with Dutch often interjecting good comical comments, especially regarding wrestling! He was so delightful.  Dutch will be missed be so many people.


Blessings Bruce    l

Dearest Mary and family.


We are so very sorry to hear of the passing of dear Dutch.  So enjoyed our times together when down on Padre Island.  We can still hear him calling "Warren" when


we would see him on your balcony.   Our deepest sympathy go out to all.   May God bless and comfort you.


 Friends 


Bud and Audrey Folkert