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Obituary: Dr. Timothy J. DeBoer

March 18, 1959 – October 20, 2020

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Obituary Dr. Timothy J. DeBoerDr. Timothy Jay DeBoer, age 61, of DeMotte, Indiana, passed away Tuesday, October 20, 2020, at Franciscan Health Crown Point. He was born March 18, 1959, in Harvey, IL, the son of Henry R. and Mildred (Eenigenburg) DeBoer.

Tim was a graduate of Illiana Christian High School class of 1977. He attended Purdue Calumet, Parks University in East St Louis, Colorado State, and he obtained his degree in Optometry from the Illinois College of Optometry. On August 21, 1981, he married the love of his life, Susan K. Laninga. Tim and his brother John continued the work that their father, Dr. Henry DeBoer, began at DeBoer Family Eyecare in Lansing, Illinois.

Tim was a member of the Immanuel United Reformed Church. Over the years Tim held office in his church, he loved teaching catechism to the young people there. He enjoyed reading, flying, hunting, boating, and snow skiing; however, what he held most dear was spending time with his family.

Tim is survived by his loving wife, Sue; his children Jessica (Justin) Colanese, Kyle (Jordan) DeBoer, Sara (Greg) VanEssendelft and Luke (Jenna) DeBoer; his mother Mildred DeBoer; siblings, Robert DeBoer, John (Mary) DeBoer, Laurel (Tim) Stegenga and Dan (Sherry) DeBoer; and 8 grandchildren, Jude, Jonah, Korah, Jack, Remi, Avery, Thijs and Isla.

Family and friends may visit at Immanuel United Reformed Church of DeMotte on Friday, October 23, 2020, from 2:00-8:00pm. A funeral service will be held at Immanuel United Reformed Church on Saturday, October 24, 2020, at 10:00am with Pastor Roberto Rossi officiating. Interment will follow at Holland Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the MidAmerica Reformed Seminary in Dyer, Indiana.

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  1. This is so sad. Tim was our family optometrist for years when we lived in Lansing. He always made time for conversation and he never rushed. He was an inspiration for our Daughter Amy who followed in his footsteps. She attended ICO and became an optometrist who practices in Valpariso. Many prayers for him and his family. He will be missed.

    Patrick Moran
    Saint John, IN

  2. My deepest sympathy to the family. I’ve seen Dr. Tim and Dr. John since I was a child. We had some really good conversations, not just medical (I’m a nurse), but about life in general. Dr. Tim will be very much missed, not just by me but our community as well.

  3. I just had my annual check-up in Lansing with Dr. Tim in September. This is so shocking and sad to hear. I appreciated and will miss our spirited discussions about the outdoors, politics, faith or the like during my checkups. Blessings and condolences to his family.

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