The Early Years

Photo Gallery: The Early Years

Blessed Beginnings

Richard Marvin DeVos was born on March 4, 1926, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, into a proud, hardworking Dutch-American family.

Young Rich

Rich was raised in Grand Rapids and later raised his own family in the Midwestern city.

The Importance of Family

Rich DeVos with his younger sister, Bernice, and his parents, Simon and Ethel. Rich credited his lifetime of success and happiness to the presence of a strong, caring, values-oriented family.

Like Father, Like Son

Rich with his father, Simon, who taught himself the electrician's trade and eventually became a top salesman for General Electric in Michigan. Simon greatly influenced and guided his son's strong work ethic and entrepreneurial, can-do spirit.

Loving Brother

Rich with younger sisters Bernice and Jan.

Leadership Potential

A teacher wrote in Rich's high school yearbook that he had "talents for leadership in God's kingdom." Those words changed Rich's life.

Enlisted Man

Rich upon completion of the U.S. Air Force Cadet Program. He enlisted shortly before graduating from Grand Rapids Christian High School.

The Army Years

After completing his Cadet training, Rich went on to serve as a flight line mechanic on the Pacific island of Tinian.

The Early Years

Photo Gallery: The Early Years

Blessed Beginnings

Richard Marvin DeVos was born on March 4, 1926, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, into a proud, hardworking Dutch-American family.

Young Rich

Rich was raised in Grand Rapids and later raised his own family in the Midwestern city.

The Importance of Family

Rich DeVos with his younger sister, Bernice, and his parents, Simon and Ethel. Rich credited his lifetime of success and happiness to the presence of a strong, caring, values-oriented family.

Like Father, Like Son

Rich with his father, Simon, who taught himself the electrician's trade and eventually became a top salesman for General Electric in Michigan. Simon greatly influenced and guided his son's strong work ethic and entrepreneurial, can-do spirit.

Loving Brother

Rich with younger sisters Bernice and Jan.

Leadership Potential

A teacher wrote in Rich's high school yearbook that he had "talents for leadership in God's kingdom." Those words changed Rich's life.

Enlisted Man

Rich upon completion of the U.S. Air Force Cadet Program. He enlisted shortly before graduating from Grand Rapids Christian High School.

The Army Years

After completing his Cadet training, Rich went on to serve as a flight line mechanic on the Pacific island of Tinian.

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.