Former president, family speak at Amway co-founder's funeral
September 13, 2018
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - Former President George W. Bush joined family and friends of Amway co-founder Richard DeVos to celebrate his life.
During the funeral service Thursday, Bush said he was grateful for the opportunity to commemorate the life of "an extraordinary American and a friend." Bush added Devos' life was "a testament to the promise of America and the blessings of freedom."
DeVos died Sept. 6 at his western Michigan home due to complications from an infection. He was 92.
DeVos' children and grandchildren spoke of his unconditional love, generosity, leadership, inspirational words and quirkiness during the invitation-only service at LaGrave Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids.
DeVos, who served as Amway's president until 1993, also was involved in the NBA, buying the Magic from a group headed by Orlando real estate developer William duPont III in 1991.