Harold Stanley Debenham
Martin-Becker-Carlson Funeral Home
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 -
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
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 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 -
Brother: Cecil Debenham (Bernie), Colorado
Sisters: Ruby French, Abilene
Darlene Drouin, Washington
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)
Chasity Mader (Brandon)
Great-grandchildren: Ashley VanNess
Step-children: Kathleen Voran
Patrick Harris (Marilyn)
Brian Harris (Cecilia)
Karen Conrad (Bob)
Kevin Harris (Rose)
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 67410.
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