William Charles Debo, Sr.
November 17, 1946 ‒ March 21, 2013
MANSFIELD: Those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer. William Charles Debo, Sr. had a can-do mentality, which led him to volunteer in community service to make Mansfield a better place to live. His upbeat and positive personality is at rest as William passed away Thursday morning, March 21, 2013 in Liberty Nursing Center following a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 66.
He was born November 17, 1946 in Mansfield to Robert V. and Juanita L. Debo; was graduated from Mansfield Senior High in 1964 and attended Bliss College.
On July 27, 1969 he married Barbara Ann Rigg with whom he celebrated 43 years of marriage.
For 37 years, William worked as the office manager of Powell Supply, where he developed a spotless reputation for his honest and upstanding character.
A lifelong area resident, William was a member of Cook Road Baptist Church. He was also a member of Kiwanis and very active as a member of Mansfield Masonic Lodge #35 F&AM where he served as Lodge Master in 1994 and received the Knights York Cross of Honor. He also served as Lodge Education Officer and was active in all bodies of the lodge. He was also a member of Baku Grotto.
Remembered as a loving and caring husband and father, William enjoyed spending time with his family. He volunteered as a Boy Scout Master and loved to take youngsters “exploring,” his hidden agenda decoded: take the kids to the park to pick up litter.
A history buff, William read hundreds of volumes of Masonic Blue Books, and books on local history. He was also interested in political histories and was infatuated with anything about John F. Kennedy.
He enjoyed camping and fishing, making them his favorite past-time. With his family he spent countless weekends at Charles Mill Lake. Evenings around the campfire always included his favorite game of “Do you remember.”
In addition to his wife, Barbara, he is survived by four children Juanita Debo of Mansfield, Gary and Tammy Hutchinson of St. Augustine, Florida, William Charles and Ronda Debo, Jr. of Lexington, and Bryon and Jennifer Debo of Mansfield, twelve grandchildren Dante and Alexis Debo, Christopher and Jessica Hutchison, Brittany and James Blake Sloan, William Charles and Rina Debo, III, Trevor and Kelsea Utter, Kyel, Jacob and Alyssa Debo; four great grandchildren Aiden Debo, D’Avonte, Darrius and Leanna Debo and a sister Donalee Haycook of Wooster.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Don Debo and James Debo; and a sister Sharon Palser.
Friends may call Sunday, March 24, 2013 from 1-4 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where a Masonic memorial service will follow at 4 p.m. His funeral service will be held Monday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home. Pastor Jack Hackworth will officiate and burial will follow in Mansfield Cemetery.
Memorial contributions to the Northwest Ohio Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association may be made at the funeral home.
Online condolences to the family may be made by visiting: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.