Life Story / Obituary
In loving memory of Dennis, a vibrant soul who touched the hearts of all he encountered. Dennis' love for adventuring and thrill-seeking began at a young age, manifesting in his passions for BMX biking, rollerblading, and skateboarding. He was a free spirit who embraced life with open arms. He was a beloved son, brother, and friend who left a meaningful mark on all who had the privilege of knowing him.
Born on February 21, 1999 in Grand Rapids to Renee Lynn White and Dennis Domminic DeVerney II, Dennis Dommnic DeVerney III’s arrival was a tremendous source of joy for his family, including his older sisters, Arielle Monique Drayton and Alexandria Lane DeVerney.
In 2005, his mother married Geoff Evans. Dennis gained a father figure and three step-sisters, Alyssa, Aubrey, and Allena, further enriching his family life. Growing up, Dennis' humor and caring nature began to shine in his family's home in Allendale. While school was not his main focus, the connections he made with friends and the family's shared experiences on trips and holidays became the foundation of many happy memories. Family was paramount to Dennis, and he cherished the bond he shared with them. Their support and love sustained him through life's ups and downs, and their shared memories will forever hold a special place in their hearts.
Among the special relationships in Dennis' life were his connections with his nephews Leon and Elliot. Everyone who knew Dennis spoke of the wonderful uncle he was and would have been throughout their lives. His excitement to share his interests with his nephews was evident when he got the opportunity to proudly share his shiny new motorcycle with a smiling Leon, who promptly burst into tears at the sound of the engine starting. Despite being so young, his nephews will remember him as the cool uncle and everyone in the family will make sure to always remind them of that whenever they see something that reminds them of Dennis.
As he ventured into adulthood, Dennis found fulfillment as a plumbing apprentice and would pick up trades like it was second nature. He was proud of his work and he was proud of the life he was building. His interests were diverse and you could find him engaging in anything ranging from kayaking and fishing to anime and video games to fixing cars and motorcycling with his riding group. His vibrant personality and playful nature would shine through in everything he did. Though surrounded by the lively ensemble of spirited women that make up his family, Dennis' charm had a way of holding its own, shining through with a twinkle in his eye and a grin that could outshine them all.
Dennis had a kindness that knew no bounds, and he readily extended a helping hand to those in need. A heart as generous as his is incredibly rare to find. He understood the power of compassion and the impact a simple act of generosity could have on a life. Dennis held the most benevolent spirit and that spirit will continue to inspire each and every one of us to spread kindness and love wherever we go.
A celebration of Dennis' life will be held on August 12th at Hughes Park in Hudsonville. Family, friends, and all whose lives were touched by Dennis are encouraged to join in remembering and honoring the life of this remarkable young man.