For most of the world, Thursday, November 10th was just another day. For Robert M. DeBoer, it was the most important day of his life. It was the day of his graduation... the day he saw Jesus Christ his Savior face to face. Surrounded by his devoted wife of nearly 60 years, his four dedicated children, and several of his adoring grandkids, he drifted into eternity in a room crowded with whispered prayers and loving hearts. He is survived by his wife Ruth; sons Paul (Marcia) DeBoer and Mark (Jackie) DeBoer; daughters Barbara (John) Wine and Mary (Craig) Porter; grandchildren: Paul Jr. (Christal), Heather, Stephen (Erin), Jenise, Jennifer (Matt), Christina (Joshua), Nicholas (Amanda), Rachel, Karissa, Robbie, Alyce, and Alexandra; and great grandchildren: Audrey, Trey and Isaac. He was the brother of Simon (late Alice) DeBoer, late Joanne (Edward) Eriks, and Viola (late George) Jonkman; preceded in death by his parents Nicholas and Lizzie DeBoer.
Born on March 23, 1924, Bob (or Rob as most of his friends called him) attended Cottage Grove Elementary School and Bloom Township, both in Chicago Heights. A faithful lifelong attendant of First Reformed Church of South Holland, he served there as an elder. He was also a committed Lion’s Club member for over two decades. If you ever had the pleasure of meeting Bob DeBoer, you would notice a man with a servant heart and infectious laugh. Above all, you would discover an underlying passion for two things: his first love, his Savior, and his second love, his family. He was an active man that enjoyed the outdoors, with hobbies such as golf, snow skiing, water skiing, and camping. Bob was also a bit of a handyman, always tackling the next project with his trusty selection of Craftsman tools. Above all, he was a wise investor, not in the flighty realm of the stock market or real estate, but in an eternal Kingdom. He gave sacrificially, prayed fervently, and loved deeply. Though he certainly will be missed, he has entered into the joy of his Master, and is receiving his reward for a life well lived.
Visitation is on Sunday, November 13, from 3 to 8 p.m., at Smits Funeral Home, 2121 Pleasant Springs Lane, Dyer, IN 46311. Funeral services will be held Monday, November 14, 2011 at 11:00 AM at First Reformed Church, 15924 South Park Ave., South Holland, IL. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made on his behalf to Big Life Ministries, PO Box 110431, Naples, FL 34108. For more information or to make a donation, please visit www.biglifeonline.org.