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(October 17, 1931 – January 19, 2013)

Vern Darrell DeBolt, 81, of Midland, died on Saturday, Jan . 19, 2013 at the Saginaw Veterans Hospital. Vern was born on Oct. 17, 1931 to the late Vern and Ina (Babcock) DeBolt in Midland County. After he graduated from Midland High he took courses at Chicago Tech. Vern worked for Dow Chemical until he joined the U.S. Navy in 1952 but received a medical discharge that same year. On Jan. 31, 1953 Vern married his sweetheart, of 60 years, Shirley Jane Campbell in Midland. In 1954 Vern was drafted into the U.S. Army for the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in 1956. Vern worked as a draftsman at Patuxant River, Maryland on the steam catapult. Vern worked as a contract engineer for many years until he opened his own business , DeBolt Design, in 1972. DeBolt Design later merged with Tad Tech and he worked there until he retired in 1990. Vern helped build the Jefferson Ave. Church of God in 1971. He loved hunting, fishing, camping, golf and softball. Vern was a loving father and grandfather. Vern is survived by his loving wife Shirley; his daughter, Darla (Jim) Kaminski; sons, Darvin (Vicki), Michael (Melody), Brian; 11 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; and 3 great great grandchildren. Vern was predeceased by his sister Phyllis (Roberts) Austin. A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at North Point Ministries, 5920 Jefferson Ave, Midland with Pastor’s Allen Campbell and Mel Hunt officiating. The family will receive friends at Smith-Miner Funeral Home, 2700 W. Wackerly on Tuesday, Jan. 22 from 4 until 7 pm. and on Wednesday at the Church from 10:00 am until the time of the service. Military Honors will be under the auspices of the U.S. Army and the Midland County Veterans. Burial will take place at Homer Township Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider North Point Ministries, 5920 Jefferson Ave, Midland, MI 48640. Online condolences can be left at www.smithminer.com