Terry Lee DeBoard

Terry Lee DeBoard, 51, was born October 18, 1968 in Huntington Beach, Ca to his loving parents Arthur & Margie DeBoard. On October 15, 2020 Terry passed away in his peaceful N. Ft Myers condo with his beloved cat pumpkin by his side.

Terry was born in Huntington, California to Arthur and Margie DeBoard. At a young age they moved to the Kentucky/Ohio area where he was surrounded by his very large and loving family.

Terry loved spending his summers with and on his most cherished Aunt Lilly and Uncle Foresters farm. His love for animals began there while riding horses and playing with all the other farm creatures.

Even as a young man, Terry had a fierce thirst for life as he overcame and survived two open heart surgeries by the age of 18.

In 1987, Terry graduated from the Warren County Vocational School in Lebanon, Ohio. He moved to Fort Myers, Florida shortly after that where he spent his career as a Master Plumber.

After a third open heart surgery Terry was unable to work professionally so only in the Selfless character and quite Generosity. Terry would donate his time and talent as a master plumber to those less fortunate especially The elderly and Our United States veterans.

Terry’s beauty and generosity was limitless, No matter the task.

He would walk up and down the streets picking up trash on the side of the roads. He had pride in wanting our community to look nice. He would know the names of every homeless human being he would meet along the way. He would ask “what can I do to be of help to you?” He would do his best to fill their needs then sit and commune with them, listen to their stories and remind them we are all the same no matter our circumstances.

Every human being and animal mattered to our sweet Terry Lee.

In his eyes and soul we are all truly brothers and sisters of one Heavenly Father and we are to protect each Other as such.

If he heard that someone was in need of anything he would find a way to be their support to the best of his ability.

No one ever heard Terry complain nor feel sorry for himself, not even when he had to have a fourth open heart surgery. Again, he Beat the odds and graced us all with more time with him.

Terry’s faith in Jesus Christ remained unwavering No matter the continual adversities he faced everyday in his life.

Terry was humbly proud of earning a second-degree black belt in tae kwon do under The tutelage of world renowned Grandmaster Lee. He also earned a yellow belt in the art of Kempo just 6yrs ago.

Living on the river was truly Terry’s happy place where he would meditate and feel the closest to the “ones that were with him”.

He so loved Fishing with his friends as they shared the Breathtaking Florida sunsets together.

He was also an avid New York Giants fan. Dale Earnhardt “3” Was his favorite Nascar driver.

He was so well educated in the Bible and would share his knowledge to anyone that would listen.

The world has lost a most beautiful soul but the imprint Terry has left behind will live on for eternity until we meet again.

He defeated the odds over and over his entire life, so when Terry miraculously made it to his 50th birthday he’s beautiful and loving sister Lisa Browning threw her baby brother the most joyous surprise party for him in Ohio. Terry was surrounded by all of his loving family and friends to honor this beautiful man.

His perfect smile will live within all of us forever! Terry is survived by his loving sister, Lisa Browning (Steve Flaten) who reside in Maineville, OH; His loving, devoted companion and friend Katie Caruso of North Fort Myers; along with her parents, Don & Gladys Silva. Devoted/selfless friend Jessica Riservato, his loving aunts, Lilly Brown of Williamstown, KY; Marie Alsip of Cincinnati, OH; Birdie DeBoard of Mt. Vernon, KY; Betty DeBoard of Williamsburg, OH; Uncles Ferris Sandlin of Williamstown, KY; Al DeBoard of Williamsburg, OH, sister-in-law Barb DeBoard of Lebanon, OH. Terry cherished Each and everyone of his “many” loving and beautiful nieces, nephews, cousins including the many great nieces and nephews.

The love they shared for one another was truly one of his life’s greatest blessing and joy. No matter distance nor time apart their connections of love remained impervious.

Terry was preceded in death by his father, Arthur DeBoard; his mother, Margie Sandlin DeBoard; sister, Beatrice Cheesman; brother, Randy DeBoard; and brother, Gary DeBoard.

Terry will be laid to rest in Ohio surrounded by his loving family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions can be in memory of Terry Lee DeBoard and Margie DeBoard to The Alzheimer’s Disease Research (support.brightfocus.org) 22512 Gateway Center Dr. Clarksburg, MD 20871.

Terry has donated every month to this org for years in honor and memory of his beloved mother Margie DeBoard.

In closing, each of us can honor Terry everyday with a simple act of kindness, smile at a stranger, help others at all cost, come from love and forgive.

We know you are resting peacefully with All your loved ones. Watch over us as you will so greatly be missed but never far away.

Mullins Memorial Funeral home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.


  1. Joni Conway Oct 21, 2020 at 4:48 pm

    Oh my goodness! That is the sweetest obituary I have ever read. Wow! Heaven surely got an angel! Terry sounds just like his sister Lisa Deboard Browning! Hugs & Prayers to all!
    Joni & Tim Conway Family

  2. Tracy Dalton Lochtefeld Oct 21, 2020 at 4:59 pm

    Goodbye Terry. Love You Always

  3. Patty Daley Oct 21, 2020 at 5:23 pm

    So hard to believe! Loved your family from day one when you guys moved in next to us! You will forever remain in my heart! Rest in peace Terry! So sorry for your loss Lisa

  4. Lona Deboard Oct 21, 2020 at 8:37 pm

    Sorry for your loss. He and my late husband were cousins. He is home with all of his family that had gone before him

  5. Joy (Sies) Carroll Oct 22, 2020 at 9:08 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. In elementary school, I remember Terry as my best friend. We made lots of plans together. We had even planned to go sky diving at one point but my mom said no. I know she wasn’t crazy because we were only 8. I talked with him a few years ago and it was great catching up. I’m so sad to hear of his passing. He was a dear childhood friend.

  6. Rebecca (Bellamy) Turner Oct 22, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    I’ve not seen Terry in years but he was one of the sweetest guys I ever met. The earth has certainly lost a good man. My sy.mpathy to his family.

  7. Katie Oct 28, 2020 at 8:22 am

    I miss you and the sound of your voice so much. My world is FOREVER graced because of you my Sweet Terry Lee. You are FOREVER embedded in my ❤️ & soul. No one deserves to Rest peacefully more than you. Love you always💗

  8. Gladys and Don Silva Oct 28, 2020 at 11:19 am

    We miss our dear Terry everyday. His tenderness, caring and sparkling eyes became a part of our lives and he brought love to us and everyone he met. Terry was a spiritual man and loved God and we shared scripture together often and this passage
    from corinthians 16/13 is the way he lived his life. “Be on your guard, stand firm in the faith, be men of courage, be strong. Do everything in love. Terry spent his days helping others and the way we can honor him is to do the same. We miss and love you dear Terry🙏🏼🙏🏼

  9. Terry Oct 30, 2020 at 7:23 pm

    I will forever miss your smile and your eyes, pure love was always in them. We are blessed for knowing you and your gentle soul. God has the most perfect angel by his side. Family is so important and you made our family complete. Your wonderful stories gentle laugh will be missed but live on in our hearts. Our love and faith will be our connection forever. Love you Terry and I feel you around me. Peace always Stephen and Terry “Sissy”🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

  10. Jessica Riservato Oct 31, 2020 at 6:05 pm

    I can’t help but smile thinking back to the first Halloween we all spent together… nobody played a better ninja than my sweet Terry Berry… I have no doubt Terry is celebrating in heaven as nobody walked the walk better than he did. His smile lit up the room and he treated everyone with unconditional kindness. His pure heart made it impossible for him to understand sarcasm. Terry will forever be missed and I internally in our hearts.

  11. Doreen Conaway Nov 24, 2020 at 6:31 pm

    I will forever love Terry. Bandit and I are deeply saddened. I am grateful to have known him, he give me a lot of joy.

  12. Katie Jan 2, 2022 at 10:58 am

    Hey baby, I KNOW you and Pop are together watching over n protecting all of your loved ones. We miss you so much but feel n see you EVERYDAY!!! ❤️❤️❤️

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