John Clayton DeBolt, age 95, of Lamar, Missouri, died at his home, Friday, March 2, 2018.

     John was born September 20, 1922 in Chanute, Kansas to Charles Clayton and Roberta Jeanette (Heminger) DeBolt.  He graduated high school and served his country in the United States Navy during WWII from 1943 to 1946. On June 1, 1946 he married Myrdith Corene Sullivan in Norman, Oklahoma and together they raised four children.  After returning from the war, he continued his education, graduating from Kansas State College of Pittsburg with a Master of Science “Guidance Counseling” August 4th 1967, and Bachelor of Science in Commerce June 2, 1949. He taught in Weaubleau, Golden City, and Lockwood, before moving to Lamar in 1973, where he served as the School Administrator for 11 years until his retirement in 1984.  He was a member of Lamar First Baptist Church, Lamar Lions Club, Church Choir, Sunday School Teacher, and a lifetime Deacon. 

     Survivors include sons, Jeffrey Clayton DeBolt, Southaven, Mississippi and John Kristopher DeBolt and wife Vicki, North Richland Hills, Texas; daughters Linda Kay Ubrig and husband Karl, Dassel, Germany and Cynthia Corrine Shelton and husband Bennie, Forsyth, Missouri; 10 grandchildren, Benjamin John (Becky) Shelton, Wesley David Shelton, Jonathan James DeBolt, William Clayton (Elizabeth) DeBolt, Cindy (Trey) Alberson, Aimee (Stefan) Schulz, Jonny (Shandella) Ubrig, Anna Ubrig, and Judy Schrump; 12 great-grandchildren Bailey, Bryce, Karis, Audrey, Joleen, Kenny, Ava, Blake, Amy, Nash, Jakob, and Benni; nephew, Jim (Pat) Blanton and niece Cathy Ann (John) Pfligenstafer.  He was preceded in death by his wife Corene in 2005; a brother, Charles Robert DeBolt and a sister, Marjorie Jean Blanton.

     Funeral service will be 10:00 am Friday, March 9, 2018 at Lamar First Baptist Church with Pastor Robb Hodson officiating.  Burial will follow in Memory Gardens Cemetery.

     The family will receive friends 6:00 to 7:00 pm, Thursday at the funeral home.

     Contributions are suggested to Lamar First Baptist Church in care of Daniel Funeral Home.



#11 RE: John DeBoltThe Thrashers 2018-03-09 20:52
To the Debolt family:
We extend our deepest sympathy to you in the passing of your father. Mr. Debolt was a truly wonderful man. It was always hard to refer to him by his first name as he was our High Counselor and worthy of respect! I have the sweetest picture of him and my father chatting in the hallway at BC Memorial Hospital this past fall. They were both in failing health but it was so neat to see them “catching up.” The void he leaves within our Church and community is huge as he was loved and respected by all who knew him. May God bless you with peace, comfort and wonderful memories in the days ahead.

David, Barb and Tai Thrasher
#10 LamarHarvey & Lorraine 2018-03-09 18:22
John & my dad, Gene Barnes, were golf partners along with Glenn Williams and Herb Jett. They spent many days enjoying each other's company and I imagine they're comparing notes together. Knowing they are all in the presence of Jesus now lets us know we'll someday see them again! Blessings to the family in this reassurance!
#9 Overland Park, KSStan Butler 2018-03-09 03:05
My condolences to the DeBolt family. Mr. DeBolt
was my high school counselor. He was good and kind to me and I'm glad to have known him.
#8 RE: John DeBoltDonald Noll 2018-03-08 23:12
John was truly a man of God he was a great friend and mentor. Now he is happy again and forever
#7 Lamar, MOKent Harris 2018-03-08 18:31
John was a high school counselor when I graduated in 1973, and I always enjoyed going into his office and visiting with him about school things. He was so easy to talk to, and I felt I could trust him with anything we discussed as a good counselor should be trustworthy.
I do believe he inspired me in furthering my education as a school counselor and I know he positively impacted others too.
Good man, and I know his family and many will miss him. Blessings to them all.
#6 LamarJan VanGilder 2018-03-08 17:33
Heaven has gained another angel. John DeBolt thank you for being my mentor when I came to the Jr.High School and High School. I know I drove you crazy but you were always there to give me counsel. And, we were close to being birthday buddies. RIP. . . and you and Mr. Williams can be in charge of the golf course in Heaven. You have joined the love of your life, Corrine. . . Until we meet again!
#5 LockwoodKen Roller 2018-03-08 15:30
As Billy Graham once wrote: "Some day you will hear that I am dead. Don't believe a word of it. I will be more alive than ever. I have just changed addresses." That is true for John DeBolt, too. I have so many good memories of this godly a trusted friend, as a deacon, as an excellent example to my children in Lockwood High School, and as his pastor in two churches. All of you can say what David wrote in Psalm 16. "Surely I have a good inheritance."
#4 Lutz, FloridaSue Fortner - Nehls 2018-03-07 13:27
What a blessed long life Mr. DeBolt lived. He was a positive influence to so many through his teaching and Church work. He is now at rest with his dear Corene and in the arms of his Lord.
#3 Peculiar, MissouriYork Jewell 2018-03-07 12:58
I am so sorry to hear about Mr. Debolt's passing. He was such a good man and Principal when I was in high school. My thoughts and prayers to his family! May God put his arms around you in your time of loss. RIP Mr. DeBolt
#2 Lamar, MoSheila Faulconer 2018-03-06 14:52
You will be greatly missed by all. You are now home. Know you have been wanting that for quite some time. My thoughts and prayers with the family.

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