Walter DeBow

Walter L. DeBow

Monday, June 24th, 1935 - Friday, September 13th, 2019
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Walter Lee DeBow, passed away on September 13, 2019. Walter was born June 24, 1935 to Ola and Will Ollie DeBow in Fulton, Kentucky. He was the sixth of eight children who all preceded him in death. The family relocated to East Saint Louis, IL., in the early 1940’s for better paying jobs. Walter completed his education with Honors. Walter served his tenure in the United States Navy. After returning home, Walter was employed with Granite City Steel as an Electrician, as well as working for his uncle at DeBow’s Electrical Co. for many years.

Walter was injured in 1984 and was cared for by his brother, Richard and his sister-in-law Charlene DeBow.

Walter brought so much joy to the lives he touched. He was fascinated with car’s (OMG), of course the ladies, and he even tried his hand at playing the guitar. Walter enjoyed taking his kids, nieces and nephew to the park. Oh, what fun we had.

Walter was a father of five beautiful children. One son, Walter Lee DeBow, Jr. preceded him in death.

Walter traveled extensively with his brother and sister-in-law, Charlene (Richard).

He will be truly missed by his dedicated caregivers, Cindy Keller, Jodee Osbourne, Elizabeth Spyropoulos, Charlese McAllister and Rodney and Mercedes Shepherd and Melissa Conlin.

Walter leaves to cherish his memories, his daughter Lola Richardson ( Ray Charles) of Kansas City, MO., Robert DeBow of Kansas City, MO and Tameka DeBow of Glencarbon, IL and Pierre DeBow of Florrisant MO.; nine grandchildren, three great grandchildren; and a host of relatives and very special nieces, Malinda McCoy, Debra Cross and Violet Baker.

A funeral service will be held on Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 1pm at Adams-Perfect Funeral Home, 1650 New Road in Northfield.
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    Sunday, September 22nd, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Sunday, September 22nd, 2019 1:00pm
    Adams-Perfect Funeral Home
    1650 New Road
    NORTHFIELD, NJ 08225
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Marlene Becker

Posted at 12:29pm
I am so sorry to hear of Walter's passing; I sold Charlene and Richard their home and remain friends; I visit them often over the years and met Walter many times. Richard and Charlene were determine that he would move in with them for life; the family took care of him since Richard passing. I just passed the house this week and the van was sitting outside and the house was pristine. It very sad yet beautiful how he was able to have a wonderful secure life until his passing due to the love of such a loving family .
I think of Charlene and Richard since I pass the house often and have such beautiful memories of them since the 80;s until Richard's passing God Bless you and your family for the love you have given to Walter and others.
Marlene P Becker

Deb Flanagan Posted at 11:24pm

Charlene and Richard, I am so sad to hear Walter passed away. I will never forget his smile and laughter. He was always so animated with lots to share with others. God has a very special place for Walter. With everything he’d been thru he never let things get him down and always made those around him smile and laugh too! I’m so sorry for your loss. God bless, Deb Flanagan

Deb Flanagan Posted at 11:27pm

Charlene I just read Marlene’s condolences and learned Richard also is gone. I am so sorry for your losses. God bless you...Deb Flanagan

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