James William "Jim" DeBoer, 63, of Colonial Heights, died Saturday, July 11, 2009, at the Laurels of Willow Creek, Midlothian, Va.
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A native of Michigan, Mr. DeBoer is the son of Jay J. DeBoer and the late Joyce Marie Pastoor DeBoer, and was preceded in death by his wife, Judy Moore DeBoer. He was a member of Swift Creek Baptist Church, where he served the church in various capacities, to include deacon, Sunday school teacher, Finance Committee chairman and Mid-Range Planning Committee chairman. Mr. DeBoer also had a long and successful legal career. After receiving a bachelor's degree at Virginia Commonwealth University, he received his juris doctor degree from William and Mary Law School. He was admitted to practice in 1971 and further admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States in 1974. He was principal in the law firm of Elliot, DeBoer & Hauler from 1971 to 1986, when he left to conduct his own private law practice in Chesterfield County until 1993. From 1993 to 2009, he served as vice president and regional counsel for First American Title Insurance Co. Mr. DeBoer was a member of the Virginia State Bar Association, American Bar Association, and former member of the Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Bar Association. He was also a certified instructor for the Virginia Real Estate Board and both Virginia Bureau of Insurance and the Maryland Insurance Continuing Education programs.
Mr. DeBoer is survived by his sons, Jeffrey DeBoer and Steven DeBoer of Colonial Heights; daughter, Elizabeth D. Dillard and husband, Brian, of Colonial Heights; granddaughters, Abby DeBoer and Lauren DeBoer; and two brothers, Joe DeBoer and wife, Janie, of Colonial Heights, and Jon DeBoer and wife, Natalie, of Richmond.
A funeral service will take place 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 15, 2009, at Swift Creek Baptist Church, 18510 Branders Bridge Road, Colonial Height,s with the Rev. Dr. Steve Felker officiating. Interment will follow in Southlawn Memorial Park, Prince George. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Colonial Heights Chapel of E. Alvin Small Funeral Homes and Crematory, 2033 Boulevard, Colonial Heights. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Swift Creek Baptist Church Building Fund. Condolences may be registered at www.ealvinsmall.com.
E. Alvin Small Funeral Homes & Crematory
Colonial Heights, VA 23834
Published in The Progress-Index on July 13, 2009