Bert E. DeVlieger Sr., 80, formerly of Kennedy, Lakewood and Panama, passed away at 2:10 a.m. Friday (March 29, 2013), in the Heritage Park Rehab and Skilled Nursing Facility.
A lifelong area resident, he was born March 11, 1933, in Jamestown, N.Y., a son of the late Robert and Anna Goade DeVlieger.
Before his retirement, he was employed as a supervisor for the former Dahlstrom Manufacturing Company, where he worked for 20 years.
He was a faithful member of the Niobe Baptist Church and in earlier years was a board member for the Church of the Nazarene, where he was instrumental in the groundbreaking and building of the church. He will be remembered as a loving and caring father and grandfather who loved to go camping and spend time fishing.
Surviving are three daughters: Carolyn (Ronnie) Smith of Busti, Pamela DeVlieger of Jamestown, and Charlotte McNeill of Greenhurst; two sons: Robert E. (Mary) DeVlieger of Panama, and Bert E. (Chrissy) DeVlieger Jr. of Kennedy, 24 grandchil-dren, 40 great-grandchildren; and four great-greatgrandchildren. He is also survived by his loving dog, "Angel," who was his constant companion through the years.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, the former Esther Malacky DeVlieger, whom he married March 18, 1950, and who died Aug, 20, 2005, a sister, Joyce Culver; a son, Carl J. Stevens; and a great-grandson, Devin Daniels.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in the Lind Funeral Home. The Rev. Kevin Hadley, pastor of the Niobe Baptist Church, will officiate. Inurnment will be in the Sunset Hill Cemetery.
Friends will be received for one hour prior to the service on Monday in the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Niobe Baptist Church, Church St. Niobe, NY 14758.
You may light a candle in remembrance of Bert at www.lindfuneralhome.com.