Thys “Ted” De Vries

Date of Death: Aug 07, 2012
Thys “Ted” De Vries
[highlight_text] (1926 – 2012) [/highlight_text] Thys “Ted” De Vries, 85, of Waupun died Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at the Christian Home in Waupun where he resided.


[leftcolumn] Ted was born October 14, 1926 in the Netherlands, the son of the late Willem and Boukje Terpstra De Vries. Ted came to the U.S. in 1948 and settled in the Waupun/Brandon area where he has lived ever since. On September 29, 1949 he married Connie Wierenga in East Friesland, WI. The couple worked on a poultry farm and in the 1970’s they started their own poultry business in the Alto area until 1992 when they retired and moved to Waupun. Ted was a member of Alto Reformed Church in Alto and a member of its Golden Lifers and men’s choir. Ted was a volunteer in the prison ministry in Waupun for 30 years.

Ted is survived by his wife, Connie; two sons, William “Bill” De Vries of Marinette and John (Jan) De Vries of Waupun; grandchildren, Tyson (Angie) De Vries, Chelsea De Vries, Jodi De Vries, Kelley (Greg) VanBuren, Kurt (Becky) De Vries, Kyle (Annie) De Vries, Krystle Arriens, and Kody De Vries; great-grandchildren, William “Will”, Shéree, Paige, Chase, Gage, Alexzander, Carter, Kyan, Vaeya, and Chaz; two sisters, Pietje Kooistra and Jantje VanderMeulen; and a sister-in-law, Jinke DeVries.

Ted was preceded in death by a sister, a brother, and three brothers-in-law.
[/leftcolumn] [rightcolumn] [highlight_text] Visitation: [/highlight_text] Friends and relatives may call on the family on Friday at Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun from 4-7 p.m. and on Saturday at church from 10 a.m. until the time of service.[rightcolumn]

[rightcolumn] [highlight_text] Services: [/highlight_text] Funeral services for Ted De Vries will be held Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Alto Reformed Church with Rev. Ted Medema officiating.[rightcolumn] [rightcolumn] [highlight_text] Burial: [/highlight_text] Burial will follow at Alto Cemetery in the town of Alto.[rightcolumn] [/rightcolumn]


  1. Geri DeVore Says: August 9, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    I was a nurse at the Christian Home and had the joy of meeting and taking care of Ted. He was always a gentleman, always had a nice thing to say and a great smile. I will remember Ted as being in love with his wife and his little dog. Rest in peace.

  2. Amy Schneider Says: August 9, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Dear John, Kurt, Kyle and Family – Thinking of you all. I hope the wonderful memories or your Dad (Grandpa) bring a smile to your face. Hang in there….
    Amy Schneider

  3. Nancy Campagna Says: August 12, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Jan and Family,

    Sending your family our sympathy on the death of your in-laws in such a short time.

  4. Marge Burling Says: August 16, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    I have fond memories of Ted. In the ’90s he drove to Ripon to be a part of a senior musical group called “Harmonica Rascals”. He was talented and entertaining, with a good sense of humor, as well.
    We were all entertained by his manner of playing his harmonica.
    The other players played from left to right, going up the scale, but Ted played from right to left. What fun he was! His wife Connie, came with him, often.

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