Joseph Deboutez 88, of Wilmington, Del. died January 21, 2012 at Christiana Hospital in Newark, DE following an illness.  On September 15, 1923 he was born in Skidmore, Kan. the son of Clovis and Grace (Theyssen) Deboutez. He attended Cherokee County Community High School in Columbus, Kan. and graduated in the Class of 1940. 

In 1946 Joseph married Alice Vanderbeck in Roseland, Kan.; she preceded him in death in November of 1987. 

Joseph was a member of Pipefitters Local Union #80, Christiana Masonic Lodge #35, A.F. & A.M. in Newport, Del., the Delaware Consistory, Valley of Wilmington, Brandy Wine Forest #20, Tall Cedars of Lebanon, American Legion Stahl Post #30 and Moose Lodge #1578 of New Castle. He served in the Army during World War II in the 16th Armored Division with Patton’s Third Army in Europe. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter Virginia Jo Engelhardt, a sister Mary Sachetta and an infant brother. 

Survivors include a son-in-law George Engelhardt of Wilmington, Del.; a sister Shirley Ann Grubbs of Baxter Springs, Kan. 

Graveside Memorial Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday February 1, 2012 at the Hosey Hill Cemetery in Weir, Kan. with Rev. Dennis Johnson officiating. Military Honors will follow the service. In lieu of flowers the family ask expressions of sympathy be in the form of memorials to the Masonic Home of Delaware.  Friends may drop off or mail memorials to Bath Naylor Funeral Home 104 W. Main St. Weir, KS 66781. E-mail condolences may be left at www.bathnaylor.com. Arrangements and services are under the direction of Bath Naylor Funeral Home of Weir, KS.