Community and Country

Photo Gallery: Community and Country

Patriots

Then Vice President Gerald R. Ford, Jay Van Andel, Rich and President Ronald Reagan at an event. Rich and Jay remained close friends with former President Gerald Ford throughout his life.

Revitalizing a City

At the dedication of the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Rich and Jay led the effort to revitalize the downtown area by purchasing the former Pantlind Hotel. The hotel was renovated and a 29-story glass tower was added.

Michigan Connection

Former President Gerald R. Ford, shown here with Jay and Betty Van Andel and Helen and Rich, was a fixture at many Amway building dedications. Here President Ford helps celebrate the dedication of the Amway Grand Plaza Tower in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Gubernatorial Honor

Then Michigan Governor William Milliken presented Rich with a volunteer leadership award in 1974, for his efforts to improve communities in Michigan.

Catalyst for Change

Jay Van Andel, former President Gerald R. Ford and Rich at the dedication of the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel on September 15, 1981, in the Pantlind Ballroom of the hotel. The opening of the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum spurred a period of growth in the city that continues to this day.

Presidential Recognition

Rich with President Ronald and First Lady Nancy Reagan.

Planning the Future

Rich joined David Frey and Bob Daverman to review plans for a new arena in downtown Grand Rapids.

Presidential Circles

Rich at an event with then-Vice President George Bush and President Ronald Reagan.

Global Leaders

Rich and Helen with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and former President Bill Clinton at a National Constitution Center event. The DeVoses supported the Center for years as a way to help each generation cherish their freedom and keep building a better America.

Close Conversation

Rich and former President George W. Bush in conversation at an event.

Longtime Friends

Rich and Helen and former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush photographed at an event.

The Medical Mile

Rich looked over the emerging "medical mile" skyline in Grand Rapids in 2007. In addition to the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, Rich and Helen supported other local medical facilities, to put the city on the map as a leading center for health care and research.

Grand Rapids Legacy

The skyline of Grand Rapids today bears the legacy of Rich's community leadership and giving. Beginning in the 1970s, Rich greatly contributed to major civic, arts, cultural, health, education and other projects that have forever changed the city.

Photo Credit: Marc Vander Maas

A Family Tradition

Rich and Helen were honored by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute in 2016 for their longtime support of the organization’s mission of inspiring students to embrace and advance the principles and virtues that make America free. Andrea and Michael Abraham are continuing the family tradition, with Michael serving on the Institute’s Board of Trustees.

Community and Country

Photo Gallery: Community and Country

Patriots

Then Vice President Gerald R. Ford, Jay Van Andel, Rich and President Ronald Reagan at an event. Rich and Jay remained close friends with former President Gerald Ford throughout his life.

Revitalizing a City

At the dedication of the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Rich and Jay led the effort to revitalize the downtown area by purchasing the former Pantlind Hotel. The hotel was renovated and a 29-story glass tower was added.

Michigan Connection

Former President Gerald R. Ford, shown here with Jay and Betty Van Andel and Helen and Rich, was a fixture at many Amway building dedications. Here President Ford helps celebrate the dedication of the Amway Grand Plaza Tower in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Gubernatorial Honor

Then Michigan Governor William Milliken presented Rich with a volunteer leadership award in 1974, for his efforts to improve communities in Michigan.

Catalyst for Change

Jay Van Andel, former President Gerald R. Ford and Rich at the dedication of the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel on September 15, 1981, in the Pantlind Ballroom of the hotel. The opening of the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum spurred a period of growth in the city that continues to this day.

Presidential Recognition

Rich with President Ronald and First Lady Nancy Reagan.

Planning the Future

Rich joined David Frey and Bob Daverman to review plans for a new arena in downtown Grand Rapids.

Presidential Circles

Rich at an event with then-Vice President George Bush and President Ronald Reagan.

Global Leaders

Rich and Helen with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and former President Bill Clinton at a National Constitution Center event. The DeVoses supported the Center for years as a way to help each generation cherish their freedom and keep building a better America.

Close Conversation

Rich and former President George W. Bush in conversation at an event.

Longtime Friends

Rich and Helen and former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush photographed at an event.

The Medical Mile

Rich looked over the emerging "medical mile" skyline in Grand Rapids in 2007. In addition to the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, Rich and Helen supported other local medical facilities, to put the city on the map as a leading center for health care and research.

Grand Rapids Legacy

The skyline of Grand Rapids today bears the legacy of Rich's community leadership and giving. Beginning in the 1970s, Rich greatly contributed to major civic, arts, cultural, health, education and other projects that have forever changed the city.

Photo Credit: Marc Vander Maas

A Family Tradition

Rich and Helen were honored by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute in 2016 for their longtime support of the organization’s mission of inspiring students to embrace and advance the principles and virtues that make America free. Andrea and Michael Abraham are continuing the family tradition, with Michael serving on the Institute’s Board of Trustees.

Services

Information on events to celebrate the life of Rich DeVos.

Tributes to Rich DeVos

People from all around the world have shared memories, stories and messages about the impact Rich DeVos had on them.

Rich DeVos believed that true wealth came from spirituality and family. Thank you for choosing to donate to one of the organizations Rich supported in his lifetime.