Harold Debenham

Harold Stanley Debenham Harold Stanley Debenham, age 87, died March 20, 2014. He was born October 5, 1926 in Junction City, Kansas the son of Charley Earnest and Elsie Mable (Dibben) Debenham. Harold married Eleanore Lois Crocker on June 29, 1952, in Steele City, Nebraska and five children were born to this marriage. Eleanore died June 28, 2003. He married Lorene Harris on July 14, 2004. She survives. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charley Earnest and Elsie Mable (Dibben) Debenham, daughter- in-law Marcia Kay Debenham; brothers-in-law Beverly G Frenchie French, Norman F. Drouin, Orin Ronald Travis; grandson, Matthew David Debenham, great granddaughter Brooklyn Lee Debenham; and stepson Richard Voran. Harold grew up on the family farm outside of Industry, Kansas and graduated from Dickinson County Community High School in Chapman, Kansas in 1944. Harold participated in high school sports, earning a football letter three years. Harold joined the merchant marines after graduation. In 1946 he joined the U.S. Army. After serving his country for over twenty-four years, Harold retired in 1970 at the rank of Sgt. First Class. During his service, Harold served in numerous locations including Japan, Germany, Korea, Vietnam, Kentucky, Arizona, New Mexico, Kansas and Alabama. Harold was awarded the World War II Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal for Japan and Germany, National Defense Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, Expert (Carbine & Rifle), Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and the Bronze Star. After his military service, Harold returned to farming on the family farm with his father Charley and son, Steven. He was a long time member of the Abilene First United Methodist Church, the Crusaders Sunday School Class, Dickinson County Rural Life and the Abilene Kiwanis Club. Harold enjoyed his adult church group, Rural Life activities, traveling and his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Harold is survived by his brother Cecil Debenham (Bernie), Colorado; sisters Ruby French, Abilene; Darlene Drouin, Washington; and Thelma Chancellor (James), Hutchison; brother-in-law Boyd Crocker, Winfield; children Steven Debenham (Shelly), Abilene; David Debenham (Glenda Cafer), Topeka; Patricia Anderson (Jerry), McPherson; Barbara Morton, Salina; Sharon Burt (Tim), Abilene; grandchildren Becky VanNess, Brian Debenham (Chantell), Bonnie Reiter (Loren), Nathan Lundquist (Klarissa), Brian Lundquist; Cortney Debenham, Lindsey Debenham, Glynnis Debenham; Thomas Anderson, Cody Anderson; Chasity Mader (Brandon); Molly Burt, Samuel Burt and Emily Burt; great-grandchildren Ashley VanNess, Jordan VanNess, Maci Debenham, Zoey Debenham, Kyran Lundquist, Triston Cottone, Hudson Reiter, Matthew Mader and Annaliese Mader; step-children Kathleen Voran, Patrick Harris (Marilyn), Brian Harris (Cecilia), Karen Conrad (Bob), Kevin Harris (Rose). Funeral Services for Harold will be 10:00 A.M., Monday, March 24, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church in Abilene with Pastor John and Jenny Collins officiating. Burial will follow at Green Ridge Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 2-4 P.M., Sunday, March 23 at Martin-Becker-Carlson Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent online at www.martinbeckercarlson.com Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church or Dickinson County Rural Life and may be sent in care of the Martin-Becker-Carlson Funeral Home at 414 N.W. 3rd, Abilene, Kansas. Harold Stanley Debenham

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Published in Topeka Capital-Journal on Mar. 22, 2014