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Donald E. DeVries

Donald Eugene DeVries, age 50, of Belvidere, died Sunday, July 17, 2005, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Thursday, July 21, at the Kadoka City Auditorium, with Larry Dolezal officiating.

Music will be provided by JoAnne Stilwell, pianist, Linda Blom, vocalist, and a congregational hymn. Ushers are Mike Blom, Wade Fox and Keith Bonenberger. Pallbearers are Jim Nemec, Jim Addison, Jim Willert, Ted Vobr, Tojo Osborn, Mike Perault, Chuck Willerd and John Rodgers.

Interment will be in the Belvidere Cemetery. Rush Funeral Chapel of Kadoka is in charge of arrangements.

Donald Eugene DeVries, better known as Don to his family and friends, was born October 1, 1954, in Murdo, SD, the son of Fritz and Kate (Boeckman) DeVries. He grew up on a ranch east of Belvidere, where he attended grade school at Stanford Rural School and Belvidere Grade School.

He graduated from Kadoka High School in 1972, where he met his wife Dana Dennis. They were united in marriage on July 8, 1972 in Kadoka, SD. After their marriage, they moved to Minneapolis, MN, where they attended college. He graduated with a degree in court reporting, but nothing could keep him from his love for ranching. In 1973, he and Dana moved back to the DeVries homestead, where he grew up, and continued to work and raise their three daughters. He farmed and ranched with his parents until Fritz's death in 1989. He has continued to operate the ranch until the present time.

In addition to ranching, he also loved breeding and raising quarter horses, as well as flying, having his pilot's license for many years. Don was always generous with his time, being a member of the Belvidere Community Church

where he served as an elder for many years. He was instrumental in the development of the Belvidere Christian School where he served as president and presently serving as secretary. He has served on the Belvidere Cemetery Board for many 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 Belvidere Volunteer Fire Department, the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association, and the American Quarter Horse Association.

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

Grateful for having shared his life include his wife, Dana DeVries of Belvidere; three daughters, Terri Tieman and her husband, Aaron, of Kenai, AK, Kelli Halls and her husband, Shane, of Hot Springs, SD, and Kerri Schofield and her husband, Andy, of Belvidere; a step-granddaughter, Cassidy Halls; his mother, Kate DeVries of Belvidere; a sister, Ruth Ann Niehoff and her husband, Dennis, of Carson City, NV; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Don was preceded in death by his father, Fritz DeVries, on October 3, 1989.

A memorial has been established.