Joel Allen DeVries passed away peacefully on Aug. 28, 2020.
A lifelong resident of Lynden, Joel was born on Oct. 14, 1976, to Rich and Pam DeVries. Joel was full of life and exuberated happiness to everyone he met. He found joy in the simple things: playing Mario on the Nintendo, listening to music on his tape deck at a very high volume, and watching his Dad mow the lawn. His two favorite days of the year were his birthday and Christmas, when he always received the most presents.
More than anything else, Joel loved his family. As we mourn our loss, we will cherish our memories, remember the lessons he taught us, and rejoice that he is free of his physical limitations and can now sing and dance with Jesus.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather Gerald TerWisscha.
In addition to his parents, Joel is survived by his grandparents Frances TerWisscha and Scott and Ann DeVries; siblings Mindy (Todd) Rignel, Robin (Troy) Taubenheim and Jeff (Kate) DeVries; nieces and nephew Hayden, Hudson, Hattie and Hawkins Taubenheim and Henley, Adrie and Parker DeVries; also numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
The family expresses its thanks and appreciation to his caregivers throughout the years, with a special thank-you to Garden Path Family Home.
Donations in honor of Joel can be made to Garden Path Inc. LLC, c/o Mary Kiromo at 4917 Henley St., Blaine, WA 98230.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Gillies Funeral Home and Cremation Services.