Allen “Pete” DeBoer

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Allen E. “Pete” DeBoer, 96, of Belleville, IL, born June 25, 1924, in Belleville, IL, died Wednesday, March 10, 2021, at his residence, surrounded by his family.

Mr. DeBoer worked at Southwestern Bell Telephone Company for 40 years before his retirement. He was an honored U.S. Army veteran, earning the Bronze Star Medal Citation for the performance of a heroic act while serving in Germany during World War II.  Pete enjoyed fishing, golfing, and singing. He recorded several cd’s and loved singing karaoke.

Pete was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Marie K., nee Brenner, DeBoer; his parents, Joseph and Adelaide, nee O’Reilly, DeBoer; three brothers, Joseph DeBoer, Dorus “Irish” DeBoer, and Albert DeBoer; four sisters, Adelaide Wright, Alvina DeBoer, Irma Blick, and Virginia DeBoer; a granddaughter, Angela Martin; and a half-sister, Nellie DeBoer.

Surviving are two daughters, Deborah (David) Morgan of Beverly Hills, FL, and Linda (Donald) Martin of Swansea, IL;
five grandchildren, Sheri Lemonds, and her children, Jaykob Lemonds, Katie (Nick) Jones, and their daughter, Ryan Jones, and Amanda (Ray) Hall, and their daughter, Amelia Hall;
Teri (Ed) Kelley, and her son, Christopher Marcotte;
Douglas (Valerie) Martin, and their children, Olivia, Ellie, and Ava Martin;
Lisa (Jeff) Schneider, and their children, Emma, Aidan, Nolan, Landon, and Camden Schneider;
and Dustin Martin (Jennifer Roseke), and their son, Wyatt Martin;
and nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  A private family visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Sunday, March 14, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL. Standard CDC guidelines, including masks and social distancing will be observed.

Funeral:  Private funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, March 14, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Entombment with military honors will be at Lake View Mausoleum, Fairview Heights, IL.


4 Comments on Allen “Pete” DeBoer

Heather E- Neighbor said : Guest Report Mar 29, 2021 at 3:16 PM

Very sad to find out about Pete’s passing. I didn’t know him long but he was a such a joy to talk with. When I first moved in the area, he so kindly mowed my yard as a welcome to the neighborhood.. I tried to repay the favor but he wasn’t having it. Condolences to the family. I will miss my friendly neighbor.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Diane Boschert said : Guest Report Mar 13, 2021 at 10:01 PM

Sympathy to all the family. May many memories be in your heart forever♥️ Enjoyed hearing him sing and listening to his stories. “A life well lived cannot be diminished by death. The beauty, guidance, and inspiration it gave us will shine as brightly as ever.”

  • New Athens
  • IL
Margery said : Guest Report Mar 13, 2021 at 4:04 PM

Lisa and Family, Words cannot express the saddness that we feel with you as you come to grips with the loss of your beloved grandfather. You are in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. Professional Support Staff @ Abraham Lincoln Elementary School

  • Belleville
  • IL
Sherrie DeBoer said : Guest Report Mar 12, 2021 at 2:47 PM

I was very sorry to learn of Pete's passing, and want his whole family to know that you will remain in my heart and in my prayers during this sad time! I am Sherrie DeBoer, wife of Dwight DeBoer who passed in 2017. His parents were Dorus Wm. "Irish" and Rose DeBoer. His sister was Doris "Dee" O'Brien who has also passed (children Debbie and Jackie). Dwight and I have two children, Dana and Daryn, granddaughter Savannah, and great granddaughter, Adelaide, a DeBoer family name. We visited Pete and Marie many years ago, and Dwight has talked to him through the years. He sent us a CD of his songs which we have enjoyed. Wonderful man!! He lived a good long life being with his large family. So happy for him! He had a dangerous job in WWII, a service record to be proud of. I will remember him fondly. With love to all, Sherrie

  • FL

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