Christian billionaire Richard DeVos passed away on Thursday at the age of 92, leaving behind a legacy of entrepreneurship as well as values.
DeVos died at his home in Ada, Michigan, following complications from an infection. Rick DeVos, his grandson, posted a series of updates on Twitter last week.
“Early this morning our family’s patriarch, Richard DeVos Sr. went home to join his dear wife Helen with Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. These next days will be full of great joy and sadness as our family celebrates a life truly well lived and mourns the coming days without him,” Rick DeVos wrote.
“We celebrate Grandma & Grandpa’s incredible legacy of creation & generosity as a generational chapter closes. The next generation has already taken up their standard, and another follows close behind. It is an unbelievable honor to carry the name Richard Marvin DeVos III,” he added in the statement.
“I pray that we may all continue to build on the foundations they have put down for us and I give thanks for the gift of many years — far more than we expected — with an incredible man and Grandpa.
“Anyone who spent any amount of time — as little as a few seconds — with Grandpa knows that he truly, deeply loved people. He was interested in them, in learning what they were thinking and doing. And he was a relentless encourager.”
DeVos was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on March 4, 1926, and went on to study at Calvin College, before serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II. Among his many notable business achievements, he co-founded direct selling company Amway in 1959, and in 1991 he bought the NBA Orlando Magic franchise.
“Mr. DeVos’ boundless generosity, inspirational leadership and infectious enthusiasm will always be remembered,” said Magic CEO Alex Martins in a statement.
“Simply, he was the team’s No. 1 cheerleader and the best owner that a Magic fan could ever want for their team. When the DeVos family purchased the Magic, his vision was that the team and organization would serve as a platform to improve the central Florida community.”
Devos and his late wife, Helen, donated to Christian churches and ministries through the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation. The foundation has been a major contributor to evangelical organizations including Focus on the Family and Family Research Council.
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Source: Christian Post