Aurelius “Rink” de Vries
March 20, 1921-September 11, 2014
Aurelius “Rink” de Vries, age 93 of Duvall, WA passed away peacefully on his own terms Thursday morning September 11th, 2014.
He was born in St. Nicolaasga, Friesland, Netherlands on March 20th, 1921 to Richard and Henrietta de Vries. At the young age of three he traveled by steamboat to America; arriving first in New York then traveling by train to Chicago and finally arriving by car in Snohomish, WA in May 1924.
His family settled in the Snoqualmie Valley and began a life as dairy farmers. Rink attended school at the Vincent Schoolhouse in Carnation, WA through 8th grade and later Tolt High School, graduating in 1939. He then moved to California to study airplane mechanics for two years, but his farming roots led him back to his family farm in Duvall, WA where he began working as a dairy farmer. On March 17th, 1951 he married Phyllis Stuart in Arlington, WA. One year later they welcomed their son, Richard “Rick” and later their daughter Denise; raising them on the same farm.
He started his own business as a hay truck driver; farming and hauling hay for 73 years. He earned the reputation of being a tough, hard-working Dutchman with the sweetest smile and the biggest hands. He enjoyed his daily tasks on the farm, coffee time with friends and spending time with family.
He was preceded in death by his mother, father and sister Antje Faber.
He is survived by wife Phyllis de Vries, sister Tina Streutker, son Richard de Vries (Randy) and daughter Denise Lowber (Craig). His six grandchildren; Jera Gilmore (Rocky), Case de Vries (Annalisa), Krystal Lowe (Ryan), Brett de Vries (Megan), Kayla Lowber and Caleb Lowber (Kelsey). His nine great-grandchildren; Reed, Raely, Cameron, Elise, Luke, Levi, Brady, Conner and Ellis. As well as several local nieces and nephews and several family descendants living in the Netherlands.
A coffee & dessert reception will be held in his honor Saturday, September 27th 2 pm – 5 pm at the Vincent Schoolhouse in Carnation, WA.
As Aurelius would always say…
‘t beste hjer!
Translation: “Good bye, take care, see you”
As long as hearts remember
As long as hearts still care
We do not part with those we love
They're with us everywhere
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