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Harold Dean Debo, 82, of Wellsville, passed away Friday, October 5, 2018 at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Jefferson City.
Mr. Debo was born October 27, 1935 in Wellsville, Missouri, a son of Richard Sanford and Clara May (Wallace) Debo.
He was a 1953 graduate of Wellsville-Middletown R-1 High School.
Harold proudly served his country in the United States Army, as a Medic, serving in the Korean War entering on September 4, 1958 and being honorably discharged on August 10, 1960.
On April 29, 1961 at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Martinsburg, he married Helen Sue “Tudy” Kersting. They celebrated over 57 years of marriage together and were the parents of 2 sons.
Harold worked at Chicago Wellsville Firebrick Company for over 46 years, retiring in 1999. He started working in the lab and later became an office manager.
He was a member of the Church of the Resurrection in Wellsville and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Martinsburg. Harold was a member of the Knights of Columbus Local 1270 and the Bishop Leo J. Steck Assembly Fourth Degree, where he held the past position of Grand Knight and District Deputy.
Harold was a member of Wellsville VFW Post 3056, where he served as Honor Guard for many funeral details. He was a former member of the Jaycee’s and Kiwanis. Harold was also a former Alderman for the City of Wellsville. When Khoury League started in Wellsville in 1961, Harold was one of the first coaches.
He was an avid golfer and had made two holes-in-one. In his earlier years, he liked playing softball and baseball. Harold enjoyed hunting and fishing. He loved St. Louis Cardinals baseball, but especially loved watching his two nieces, Lindsey and Sophie Cunningham, play Mizzou basketball. One of Harold’s favorites was the family reunions and fish frys with family and friends.
Harold is survived by his wife, Helen Sue “Tudy” Debo, of the home in Wellsville; sons, Fr. Bill Debo, of Freeburg and Rich Fountain and Brian David Debo, of Wellsville; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Jeannie and Bill Oltmer, of Oak Grove and Elizabeth “Sissy” and Paul Primus, of Williamsburg; in addition to numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dick and Clara Debo; sisters and brothers-in-law, Thelma Virginia and Milton Brace and Dorothy Grace and Joe Kaufman and brothers and sisters-in-law, Wallace and Bea Debo, Floyd William and Cora Debo and Ralph Richard and Leota Debo.
Visitation was held from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., with a Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Martinsburg.
Mass of Christian Burial was at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at the church. Bishop Shawn McKnight, Fr. Augustine Okoli, Fr. Bill Debo and the Concelebrating Priests of the Diocese of Jefferson City officiated. Serving as organist was Annette Poettgen. Vocalist was Christy Curless.
Interment was in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, south of Martinsburg. Serving as pallbearers were Steve Brace, Jim Cunningham, Jay Curless, Grant Hoffman, Jon Primus and Carson Rothove. Honorary pallbearers were Jim Dunn, Greg Fennewald, Gene Fitzgerald, Cleve Holliday, George Jacobi, Chuck Jennings, Tom Rafferty, Rusty Roberts and Butch Staten.
Full Military Honors were provided by Wellsville VFW Post 3056. Missouri Military Funeral Honors Team folded and presented the United States Flag to his wife.
Services were under the direction of the Myers Funeral Home in Wellsville.
Memorial contributions were suggested to St. Joseph School or Masses c/o Myers Funeral Home, 203 East Bates Street, Wellsville, Missouri 63384.