Richard Verlin DeBoer

January 8, 1956May 24, 2020

Richard “Rick” DeBoer, of Pekin, passed away at his home Sunday, May 24, 2020 at the age of 64. Rick was born in Pekin to the late Fred, and Gladys Willoughby DeBoer on January 08, 1956. A fun-loving, and devoted family man, he was a volunteer for Pekin Township for over ten years, and enjoyed fishing, scratch off lottery tickets, and frequenting the Eagles Club for Tuesday Taco nights. His family will remember him as the life of the party, and a friend to all in need. In addition to his parents, Rick was preceded in death by an infant sister, Kathy Jean DeBoer, and brother, Gary Neavor. He is survived by his loving wife, Bert DeBoer; siblings, Sandi (Jay) Myers, and Robert (Linda) DeBoer; and several extended family members. Family graveside services will be held at Glendale Memorial Gardens. A memorial service will be held at a later date.


  • Fred DeBoer, Father (deceased)
  • Gladys Willoughby DeBoer, Mother (deceased)
  • Bertha DeBoer, Wife


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Pekin Resident

June 11, 2020

Sincere Condolences to the family.

Monica Justus

May 30, 2020

Bert so sorry to hear of Ricks passing. I will remember him as someone who was always ready to help out wherever he was needed. God bless to the whole DeBoer family.

Don and Judy Smith

May 28, 2020

Sandy and family,we are so sorry for your loss of Rick. He was a good friend and neighbor. Every time we ran into him he’d say”how are you kids doing?” We always got a kick out of that.I know he’ll be greatly missed.

Brenda Culp

May 28, 2020

I am so very sorry for the loss of a kind and caring man. Rick was a kid from my childhood . Rick was a very important person in my mom's life at Court Place, always caring and tending to her needs . He was a great friend to her. Fly High on your new Journey Rick. 💞

Kelly (Spiesz)Volk

May 27, 2020

Many memories,ofRick.One in particular though stands out in my mind,Rick rode to Georia in 86 with my brother Daryl,I Decided one day that we would all pile in the car,and head for Tybee island.We get there been there awhile and all of a sudden Rick screams Shark and the people flew out of the ocean.It was dolphins.😊Great guy 4ever in my❤🙏

Toni Hutchinson

May 27, 2020

Fly high, my friend.

Connie Jo and Kevin Alexander

May 27, 2020

Oh how this news saddens us. Rick was our neighbor more than once; we shared a landlord! :) We also grew up in the same neighborhood! He was a lifelong friend who will be missed dearly! Rick was an awesome person! We shared many laughs together! R.I.P. Weasel. Fly high with the angels dear friend. P.S. We love you, too, Bertie!

John Clark

May 27, 2020

Fly high Ricky oh the memories we had when we were younger .
To the family I am so sorry for your loss .

Julie Thompson

May 27, 2020

Rest in peace my dear friend. You were the best custodian floor man that I ever had work for me. Remembering the times that I would see you on the street or at The Filling Station and we always stop to chat. I missed your face when I left Pekin Manor. But it was always nice to see you occasionally. You were fun-loving good soul I love you and will miss you dearly. My son Randy passed away on this day in 1969 so when I think of him I will also also think of you.

sue taylor

May 27, 2020

sorry for your loss. ricky was very nice and kind,RIP.