Wilburn Wayne DeBoard

April 18, 1951 ~ February 5, 2024 (age 72) 72 Years Old

Wilburn DeBoard Obituary

Wilburn “Wayne” DeBoard


Wilburn “Wayne” DeBoard passed away on Monday, February 5, 2024, at 8:46 p.m. at his home in Mt. Olive, IL. He was 72 years old.  Wayne was known for his incredible kindness and generous nature, and he was deeply devoted to his family. Wayne was born on April 18, 1951, to Andrew Jackson DeBoard and Adele Beatrice Cattlet in Trumann, Arkansas and raised in Wilmington, Illinois. He married Cindy Sue Alverson on August 18, 1984, in Decatur, IL. Wayne's service spanned from 1970 to 1974 in the United States Army, where he bravely served in Vietnam.


Wayne served as a Lieutenant and firearms instructor at Graham Correctional Center in Hillsboro, IL, retiring after 32 years in 2002. Additionally, he dedicated many years to serving as a police officer for the Mt. Olive Police Department. Wayne was a committed member of Zion Lutheran Church in Mt. Olive and took great pride in being a member of the Mt. Olive VFW.


He is survived by his wife, Cindy; two sons Zackary (Grace Leveillee) Gray, Brent Andrew (Emerald Abaddon Brewer) DeBoard, Amy Jo (Kyle) Gerdes, Beth (John Griffin) DeBoard; a brother, Jeff, and a sister, Alice Futch, grandchildren: Mallory, Cohen, Kate, Abby, Tyler and Klaire.


He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers: Charles, Jim, Bill, Joe, and Mike, and three sisters: Naydene, Etta and Virginia.


Visitation will take place at Zion Lutheran Church in Mt. Olive, IL on Saturday, February 17, 2024 from 10 a.m. until noon. The service will begin at noon with Pastor Zack Krampien officiating. Lunch will be served by the Zion Ladies in the church hall after the service.


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February 17, 2024

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Zion Lutheran Church
500 S. Old Route 66
Mt. Olive, IL 62069

Funeral Service
February 17, 2024

12:00 PM
Zion Lutheran Church
500 S. Old Route 66
Mt. Olive, IL 62069


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