Thank you! Your tribute has been submitted.
After review, your tribute will be reviewed by our staff and posted to the tribute wall as soon as possible.
Post a TributeRequired*
Please Review the Errors Below
Your tribute will be reviewed by our staff and posted to the tribute wall as soon as possible. Privacy Policy.

Gallery of Rich’s Life

Tags
Media Information

Please read our usage rules for all newsroom content.

A baby picture of Rich DeVos in black and white.
Richard Marvin DeVos was born March 4, 1926, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, into a proud, hardworking Dutch American family.
Jay sits in the cockpit of a Navion plane while Rich stands next to it.
Rich and Jay with a Navion plane from their civilian flying school, Wolverine Air Service. The school was just one of the businesses the two enterprising young men opened.
A smiling Rich poses for this black and white portrait. He is wearing a flight jacket.
After completing cadet training, Rich went on to serve as a flight line mechanic on the Pacific island of Tinian.
A black and white family photo of Rich, his parents and his sister, Bernice.
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.
Rich and Jay stand on a balcony decorated with bunting and cut a red, white and blue striped ribbon at the dedication of the Center of Free Enterprise at Amway's headquarters in 1973.
Together, Rich and Jay cut a ribbon at the 1973 dedication of the Center of Free Enterprise at Amway’s headquarters in Ada, Michigan.
Rich and Helen pose for a photo in front of a lake.
Rich and Helen. Rich kept the psychology textbook in which Helen’s number was first written down. that led to their first date and more than 60 years of marriage.
Rich and Helen surrounded by their grandchildren at an event. A stage and curtain are visible behind them.
Rich and Helen surrounded by their grandchildren at an event.
Rich and former Magic player Dwight Howard laugh together on the basketball court during practice.
Rich joined former Magic player Dwight Howard on the court during practice.
Rich stands on stage delivering a speech.
Rich was a lifelong cheerleader who enjoyed giving speeches as often as he could. His speeches always inspired and motivated people to set goals and believe in their ability to achieve them.
Dressed in light suits, Jay Van Andel and Rich DeVos pose for a photo outside of the Center of Free Enterprise at Amway World Headquarters.
Jay Van Andel and Rich DeVos pose for a photo outside of the Center of Free Enterprise at Amway World Headquarters.
Rich and Jay laugh on a stage.
Jay and Rich share a laugh at a 1979 Amway convention.
Rich and Helen pose for a casual photo together in their home.
Rich and Helen. For Helen to be proud of him meant more to Rich than receiving a standing ovation during one of his widely celebrated speeches.
Rich waves from a door while Helen, holding a dog, stands next to him.
Rich, Helen and the family dog.
A professional black and white portrait of young Rich DeVos. He is sitting on an upholstered bench in a studio with a neutral background. He is smiling at the camera, wearing shorts and a white shirt and his right leg is curled under his left.
A young Rich DeVos. He grew up in Grand Rapids and later raised his own family in the Midwestern city.
Rich gestures while speaking on a stage. Behind him is a large sign reading "Thank you Mr. & Mrs. DeVos" surrounded by hundreds of signatures.
Rich spoke to a group at Grand Rapids Christian High School. Rich was grateful for his experience at the school, where he was encouraged to pursue his leadership abilities by Dr. Leonard Greenway, a Bible teacher.
Rich and Helen shake hands with two students in the hallway of a Christian school in New Mexico.
Rich and Helen were longtime supporters of Rehoboth and Zuni Christian Schools, which were founded by the Christian Reformed Church in 1903 as ministries to the Native American people in Gallup and Zuni, New Mexico.
Rich DeVos, former President Gerald R. Ford, and Jay Van Andel cut a large ribbon at ceremony marking the opening of the newly renovated Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.
Rich DeVos, former President Gerald R. Ford, and Jay Van Andel at the ribbon-cutting for the newly renovated Amway Grand Plaza hotel.
Rich and Helen are escorted by a grandson at a family event in a church
Rich and Helen are escorted by a grandson at a family event.
Rich and Helen with their son Dick DeVos and his wife, Betsy.
Rich and Helen with their son Dick DeVos and his wife, Betsy.
Rich at a function. He is laughing, wearing a tan suit and dark tie. His right hand is touching his face. His daughter sits next to him, also smiling.
Rich and his daughter, Cheri, enjoy a moment of laughter. Cheri worked with Rich at Amway and later led the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation.