Jack L. DeBoer took great care of his wife, his family, his home.
“He was a wonderful husband and father, patient and kind,” Patricia DeBoer, his wife of 39 years said. “He was compassionate and sensitive.”
A fantastic cook, one of DeBoer’s specialties was deviled eggs.
“He could just make a meal out of anything,” Patricia DeBoer said. “It was incredible.”
DeBoer, 60, of Munster, enjoyed fishing with his youngest son and woodworking.
“He liked to refinish furniture and build things like cabinets and bookcases,” his wife said.
“One thing that really stands out about him is that he made everything look so easy, from driving on the Dan Ryan Expressway to everything he did at home,” Patricia DeBoer said.
After working at a local steel mill which closed, DeBoer decided he wanted a more stable career, Patricia DeBoer said. He chose the medical field.
Most recently DeBoer was employed by Children's Memorial Hospital as the Director of the Clark-Deming Outpatient Center.
“He liked his job,” Patricia DeBoer said. “When he started out he worked at Northwestern (Memorial Hospital) in geriatrics. Somehow he drifted into psychiatry and worked at Heart Grove with children.”
Next DeBoer went into the pediatric field working at the University of Illinois before coming to Children’s Memorial Hospital, she said.
DeBoer enjoyed their pets.
“We had dogs our whole marriage and most of them were rescued,” Patricia DeBoer said. “The latest was a Great Dane who was like his little baby. Where he would go she was there.”
In his eulogy honoring his father, Nicholas DeBoer wrote “I guess it never mattered what age I was, you were always larger than life. Six foot seven, a large red beard, a gentle giant. Always so eager to please us, to care as only such grace could. You were my giant Dad, who towered over everyone else so effortlessly.”