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Lory J. DeBeir

December 5, 1936 - June 11, 2019

Lory J. DeBeir Lory J. DeBeir
    June 16, 2019 | 2:00 to 6:00 P.M.
  • Yurs Funeral Home
    405 E. Main Street
    St. Charles, Illinois 60174
  • Funeral
  • June 17, 2019 | 10:00 A.M.
  • Yurs Funeral Home
    405 E. Main Street
    St. Charles, Illinois 60174
  • Burial Location
    Garfield Cemetery, Campton Township

Lory J DeBeir, 82, of St. Charles, IL, died on Tuesday, June 11th, at the Rosewood Care Center. Lory was born on December 5, 1936 in Chicago, IL to Kurt and Loretta Jonatat. On October 15th, 1954, she married the love of her life, J Richard DeBeir, and they have spent the past 64 years together.

Lory graduated from St. Charles High School and then went on to receive her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Education from Northern Illinois University. She was a member of the English honors society, Sigma Tau Delta, recognized for her high achievement in English language literature and writing.

Shortly after graduation, she began teaching at Haines Junior High School in St. Charles where she taught 7th grade English. After 34 years of teaching, Lory retired in 1993.

In addition to teaching, Lory lead a very full life with her passion for horses. She began riding as a young child, and later competed in rodeos, 4-H shows and developing her skills as a trick rider. In the early 1960’s she and Richard purchased Primrose Farm, a hunter/jumper equine facility in St. Charles. Lory was very involved in the local horse show scene as well, having been one of the original founding members of the Northern Illinois Hunter/Jumper Association. In addition, Lory combined her love of literature and horses to publish and edit On Course Magazine.

Lory is survived by her husband, Richard DeBeir, Children: Liz DeBeir of Wellington, FL and Lynda (Michael) Clementz of St. Charles, IL. Grandchildren; John Berkos (Dorothy Flisk), of Sugar Grove, IL, Gretchen Berkos of Wellington, FL, Katherine (Ben Nissen) Clementz of Oak Park, IL, Molly Clementz of Santa Barbra, CA, and many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her son, John DeBeir.

Lory will always be remembered as a kindhearted and gentle spirit who impacted many lives through her thoughtfulness and compassion for family and friends. She will be missed dearly.

Visitation will be held at Yurs Funeral Home, 405 E Main Street, St Charles, IL 60174 on Sunday, June 16th from 2:00 – 6:00 P.M. Funeral service will be 10:00 A.M. Monday, June 17th at Yurs Funeral Home, 405 E. Main Street, St. Charles, IL 60174 followed by graveside burial service at Garfield Cemetery, Campton Township.

Contributions in Lory’s memory may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.



"I'm so very sorry for the loss of your mom/grandma. She was an incredible woman and a role model to many. I'm so thankful that she was part of my life. Blessings to the entire DeBeir family during this time."

Andria Szaflik from North Aurora, IL

"Sending you all our love! Your mother sounds amazing, what a beautiful tribute to her. Love: Andria, Rich, Sebastian & Gegi."

Kim McIntosh from Cool , CA

"Lory was my mom Rue Cranna’s best friend growing up. They practiced trick riding together. Lory had a significant impact on my life as 4-H leader and positive role model. I will miss her."

Cheryl DeBeir from Herod, IL

"Lory always made me feel welcome at her home. Such an easy going spirit and down to earth attitude. Not only was she my 7th grade English teacher, she also helped me find my one and only horse and added a cat because "if you have a stable you have to have a cat". What a gracious lady."

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