Kevin L. DeBoer

Date of Death: Sep 10, 2013
Kevin L. DeBoer
[highlight_text] (1968 – 2013) [/highlight_text] “Coach” Kevin L. DeBoer, (aka Bones), 44, of the Waupun/Brandon communities, died peacefully at his home on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 after a life-long battle with cancer and related illnesses. He was surrounded by the things he loved the most; his wife and family, his home, the farm, and a view of his beloved woods.


[leftcolumn] Kevin was born September 28, 1968 in Waupun to Ken and Sandy Schmuhl DeBoer. Kevin was the second oldest in a very close family with five children. He was a local “hometown boy”, raised on the farm with hard work and a lot of sports. It is there that he developed his strong ethics and love for hunting, baseball, and basketball. He attended local Waupun schools and graduated from Waupun High in 1987. Along the way, he met the only love of his life, Kristin White, at nine years old and falling in love by the 9th grade. The two graduated high school and college together and were wed in Waupun on June 30, 1990. Kevin was an outstanding athlete in high school. He excelled in baseball and basketball and had a passion for hunting…namely, deer hunting. His excellence was not achieved by athletic gifts. On the contrary, he was very skinny growing up…which is where the nickname “bones” emerged. His talent was developed through persistence. He was always the underdog, always had to try so much harder than others around him. That tenacity helped prepare him for the obstacles he faced in his life and earned him the respect of all who knew him. After high school Kevin graduated from Carthage College in Kenosha, playing baseball all four years. He was working hard toward his dream of being a professional baseball player. In the spring of 1989, after a successful season, Kevin learned he had Hodgkin’s disease. The cancer diagnosis altered his life plan and put him on the path of his true destiny…coaching others to succeed. Throughout his 19 year teaching and coaching career in the Waupun community, he has touched the lives of so many. His ability to push others to reach their true potential resulted in many success stories; a high school state championship, a legion state championship, numerous regional championships, and trips to state, and the realization of the Waupun baseball complex. His successes were not only on the field but also in the classroom as he inspired and mentored children of all ages and abilities, from gifted to adaptive.

Kevin is survived by his wife, Kristin; three children, Jordan (21), Colin (18), and Jacy (13), all at home; his mother, Sandy; two sisters, Kim Wahl-Ruppenthal (Joe Ruppenthal) and Kristy (Jason) Buteyn; two brothers, Karl (Lainie) DeBoer and Kreg DeBoer; mother-in-law, Connie White; brother-in-law, Rick (Kris) White; sister-in-law, Kayla (Jim) Lund; and several nieces and nephews.

Kevin was preceded in death by his father, Ken; sister-in law, Karen (Kreg) DeBoer; and father-in-law, Dick (Connie) White.

A special thank you goes to Heartland Hospice for their unwavering support during Kevin’s final months.

[rightcolumn] [highlight_text] Visitation: [/highlight_text] A memorial visitation will be held Thursday, September 12, 2013 from 4-8 p.m. at the Waupun Junior/Senior High School and on Friday at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

[rightcolumn] [highlight_text] Services: [/highlight_text] Memorial services will be held Friday, September 13, 2013 at 11 a.m. at First Reformed Church in Waupun with Rev. Jonah Barnes officiating.

[rightcolumn] [highlight_text] Memorial Contributions: [/highlight_text] In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be accepted at The National Bank of Waupun, 201 E. Main Street Waupun, WI, 53963 in the name of The Kevin DeBoer Benefit Fund.



  1. Manchester family Says: September 10, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    We are deeply sadened to learn of Kevins passing today. May the Lord be with your families during these difficult times.

  2. Denis, Karen, Nathan and Mary Christopherson Says: September 10, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Our family is keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers. Kevin will be fondly remembered and missed by many people. With our deepest sympathy, we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers as you grieve the loss of a life well spent.

  3. Chuck and Robbi Schranz Says: September 10, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Our prayers! It was a pleasure to work with Kevin. What a professional. Always there for the kids.

  4. Peggy granger Schapals Says: September 10, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Dear Kris, I am so very sorry for your loss. You and your children will be in our prayers. May your beautiful memories bring comfort. God bless, Peggy Granger Schapals

  5. I worked with Kevin for many years. He fought hard and was a true champion. I am so sorry to his family. I have you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. Barbara Zingsheim Says: September 10, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Thoughts and prayers to your family. Kevin was a great man and made such an impact on many lives. He will be missed by all

  7. Jan Harmsen Says: September 11, 2013 at 6:27 am

    My sympathy to all of you. Kevin was a great husband, father, son and brother. He will be missed by many. By the grace of God he is now resting in Heaven and is whole again.

  8. Elton & Sharon Posthuma Says: September 11, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Our sincere sympathy in the passing of Kevin. May God be with you during this time. May your wonderful memories of Kevin comfort you in the days to come.

  9. laura buelow Says: September 11, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    I’m sorry for your loss. Mr. DeBoer was my history my junior and senior year of high school ( 1996-1997). He made me pushed me to do my best and then beyond. He was wonderful teacher. I learnt alot from him. My prayers go out to his family and friends in their time of need. May God help you through this rough patch

  10. Joanne Kahl Says: September 12, 2013 at 8:04 am

    Family of Kevin De Boer,
    Kevin a loving Father, Son, Brother, Teacher, Coach and a friend to all
    I know you have many memories to hold in your hearts.
    My thoughts and prayers to all of you.
    Joanne Kahl

  11. Kaleb Mills Says: September 12, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Coach DeBoer’s passing. He will be greatly missed. I know that he had a great impact on a lot of students/players. He will be sorely missed.

  12. Angela (Gerritsen) Butler Says: September 12, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Kris, I am so sorry for your loss. I haven’t seen you or Kevin in so long, but I always have remembered him as such a good guy. You’re still so special to me, and I’m thinking of and praying for you and your children. Much love to you.

  13. Sara Staehler Says: September 13, 2013 at 4:24 am

    My deepest sympathies to the DeBoer family. My you find comfort in prayer and in the love of one another. I will forever be moved by the strength of your family and by the amount of inspiration Kevin has given to the many people his life has touched.

  14. Brad Halfman Says: September 13, 2013 at 9:49 am

    My sincerest condolences to the entire DeBoer family. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time.

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