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Christopher “Chris” Edward DeBoard was born May 2, 1988 at Greater Regional Hospital in Creston. He was born with an obstruction which didn’t allow his kidneys to develop and had health issues his entire life. He had been on dialysis the last 14 years. He first made his “home” at the Bib Combs place east of Redding before moving to Mount Ayr in 1998 when his mother and Bill Scharfenkamp married. He was no longer an only child as he gained a sister, Mary, and a brother, Bob. A blended family has its own trials and tribulations and Chris found himself enjoying siblings and also not liking it very much. He was ready to return to Redding a month later but after learning the refrigerator had been sold at the other house and they couldn’t go back there, he accepted it and never asked again.
He was a curious person and liked knowing how things worked and reading up on anything of interest to him. He had no fear of anything. On family vacations, he went hang gliding and double tandem jumping. He liked taking risks and enjoying life to the fullest. His pastimes included rap music especially Eminen; watching adult comedy cartoons and making others smile. He was not afraid to be his own person and say exactly how he felt without any pause. Pulling pranks was his specialty. He had an infectious laugh and his sarcasm could make anyone laugh too. His favorite foods were anything he didn’t have to make himself. He could argue any point and you would question yourself as to why you got involved with him in the first place.
He attended school at Mount Ayr Community School and graduated from the alternative school in Creston in 2008. He was often his mother’s favorite day trip partner as his health permitted.
They spent time at parks, watching eagles’ fish and going to movies. He liked spending time in Creston with his friends and playing video games with his dad.
Chris passed away October 8, 2020 at the Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr with his mother present.
He is survived by his parents, Kimberly and Bill Scharfenkamp of Mount Ayr and Mike DeBoard and special friend, Ronda, and her family of Creston; his sister, Mary Scharfenkamp of Corning; his brother, Bob Scharfenkamp and his wife, Julie, and their son, Will of Prosper, TX; his grandparents, Linda Barber of Albany, MO, and Dale Olney and friend, Lu, of Blockton; his aunts and uncles, Rita Olney of Albany, MO; Gary DeBoard of Urbandale, Clarence Olney of Albany, Mary and Phil Dellorso and family (Sarah, Anthony, Eli and Mikaela) of Huntsville, AL; Anne and Tom Giest and family (Sam and Julia and Ben) of Goodlettsville, TN; his cousins, Ashly Johnson and family, Andrew DeBoard, and Jennifer and Justin Tingwald and daughter, Josie, all of Des Moines; special friend, Brad and Sonya Scadden and family of Creston, and a host of extended family and friends
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Frank and Joyce Hale DeBoard, and Glen Barber, three aunts, Debbie DeBoard, Frankie Johnson and Judy DeBoard.
He has left a void in our hearts, but we know he is safely home and free of pain. Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr is in charge of Chris’ arrangements.
Services were at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 10, 2020 at the Redding Cemetery in Redding, IA.
Officiating was Rev. Emily Peasley.
Music was “Halleluiah Song” and “Stuck In The Middle With You”.
Honorary pallbearers were Nick Brown, Bob Scharfenkamp,  Brad Scadden, Pete Larson, Sam Prudden, Mike Overton, Anthony Davidson and Jason Davidson.
Burial was at the Redding Cemetery in Redding, IA.

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