Schelte DeVries was born on October 5th, 1928 in Heeg, Friesland, Netherlands and was called Home to be with his Lord on December 1st, 2010 at the age of 82 years.
Schelte will be lovingly remembered by his three children, Peter (Kathy) DeVries, Frances (Chuck) Langston and David (Elizabeth) DeVries; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one brother, Boah DeVries in Netherlands; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members. He was preceded in death by his wife Sylvia on March 15th, 2007; and one brother, John DeVries.
Schelte came to Canada in 1951, settling here and working at the Rendell Farm. He was a long time former member of the Vernon Collectors Club and a charter member of the IWA. Schelte was well known for his outgoing personality and the incredible ability he had to strike up a conversation with anyone, no matter if he knew them or not, or where he happened to be at the time. He was a man who dearly loved his grandchildren and when a new great-grandchild came into the family, he would be so excited and his entire countenance lit up when he was near those precious little ones.
A private Graveside Service at the Coldstream Cemetery will precede a Celebration Of Schelte’s Life which will be held at Bethel Funeral Chapel on Monday, December 6th, 2010 at 2:00 P.M. with Pastor David Bunn officiating. A Reception will follow in the Bethel Tea Room.
As an expression of sympathy, those who wish to do so may send donations in memory of Schelte to the B.C. Heart & Stroke Foundation, #4-1551 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna, B.C. V1Y 9M9 or to the charity of their choice.
The family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to the care-givers and staff at Heritage Square for the wonderful, loving care they gave to Schelte during the years he was residing there.