John DeBoer

Obituary of John Kelly DeBoer

John Kelly DeBoer, 59, of Pottstown, PA, passed away on December 9, 2021, at Reading Hospital. He was the husband of the late Donnell Jo (O’Dell) DeBoer, who passed on May 17, 2021.


Born in Pottstown, PA, on July 29, 1962, John was the son of the late William R. DeBoer and Dolores E. (Wescoe) DeBoer.


John was a self-employed general contractor for most of his life; in his younger years he owned a sign-painting business with his wife, Donnell. John was a very talented and artistic man who was able to carve walking sticks, build motor bikes, draw, and paint. A lot of John's artwork hangs in buildings around the community to this day. He was also very instrumental in the recovery community. John always enjoyed celebrating holidays and events with his family, especially Christmas. He had fun taking road trips, shooting pool, tubing down the river, cooking out, and eating good steaks with friends. Most of all, John loved spending time with his children, grandchildren, and the love of his life, Donnell.


John is lovingly remembered by his daughter, Meghan (& Tiyale Sr.) Whitehurst; his son, John DeBoer; his grandchildren, Olivia DeBoer, Jazelle Whitehurst, Tiyale Whitehurst Jr., Noah Whitehurst, Elizabeth Whitehurst, Jackson Whitehurst, and Brayden DeBoer; his siblings, William DeBoer, David DeBoer, and Deborah (& Ray) Gasper; his godsons, Sean Soley and Robert Soley; his nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends; and his loyal companion, Bailey.


Visitation will take place on Tuesday, December 21, 2021, from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Houck & Gofus Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., 955 N. Charlotte St., Pottstown, PA 19464. A Life Celebration will follow at 1:00 p.m. Interment will take place after the service at Highland Memorial Park, 701 Farmington Ave., Pottstown, PA 19464.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John’s memory to Calvary Christian Center, 426 Laurelwood Rd., Pottstown, PA 19465.