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James "Jim" Allan Delacourt
March 19, 1952 ~ April 13, 2023 (age 71) 71 Years Old
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Rev. James “Jim” Allan Delacourt of Leasburg, MO was born on Wednesday, March 19, 1952, in Cadillac, MI to William Delacourt and Mary Celestine Delacourt, nee O’Connor. He passed away at his residence, surrounded by his family, on Thursday, April 13, 2023, at the age of 71 years and 25 days.
Jim was raised in Michigan and graduated from Redford High School located in Detroit, Michigan. Upon graduation, Jim enlisted in the United States Navy and served on a ship during the Vietnam War. After being honorably discharged in 1971, he married his high school sweetheart, Deborah Anne Dobbs on June 4, 1971 in Detroit, MI. Four children were born to this union. They moved to O’Fallon, MO and he went to work for Chrysler in 1973. In 1991 his job with Chrysler transferred him to Michigan where he lived and worked until 1994. He was then transferred back to the Chrysler plant in Fenton, MO where he retired in 2003 after 30 years of service. He and his family moved to Leasburg, MO and lived there until the present.
Jim accepted the Lord as his personal Savior early in life and became a bi-vocational minister. He was ordained as a minister in 1979 at First Southern Baptist Church in Leasburg, MO. He then moved to Crossroads Baptist Church as the pastor from 1980 until 1991. Upon returning to Leasburg in 1994, Jim became the pastor for Living Word Church until 2012 and had continued as Senior Pastor until his death. He helped start the Ministerial Alliance in Leasburg (LAMB) and would help anyone in need. Jim never met a stranger and was known for his servant’s heart. He could build or do just about anything. He built his own shop where he enjoyed restoring cars and doing maintenance and repairs. He loved spending time with his family. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents William and Mary Delacourt; parents-in-law Roy and Earline Dobbs; sister Sheila (James) Callaway; brother William Delacourt; nephews Patrick Delacourt and Andrew Strubank; brothers-in-law Robert Moore and Melvin Moore.
He is survived by his loving wife Deborah Delacourt of Leasburg, MO; children Lisa (Jimmy) Collins of Leasburg, MO, Tracy (Shawn) Shockley of Bland, MO, Jimmy (Hanah) Delacourt and Julie (Curtis) Biles both of Bourbon, MO; sisters-in-law Carol Delacourt of Caro, MI and Karen (John) Strubank of Livonia, MI; grandchildren Aric Wilson of Columbia, MO, Austin Lunsford of Rolla, MO, Casey Collins of House Springs, MO, Ethan Wilson and Isaac Collins both of Leasburg, MO, William Shockley and Clayton Shockley both of Bland, MO, Madison Delacourt, Ella Biles and Lucy Biles all of Bourbon, MO; special friends Rick and Kathy Damouth and Dan and Shonna Morrison and families all of Leasburg, MO; nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
Visitation was from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM on Saturday, April 15, 2023, at Living Word Church, Leasburg, MO. Funeral Service immediately followed at 1:00 PM with Pastors Dan Morrison and Jimmy Delacourt officiating. Burial was at Lea Cemetery in Leasburg, MO with full military honors. In honor of Jim, the family encouraged anyone who had a vintage auto or a motorcycle to join the procession to the cemetery.
Memorials were suggested to the Living Word Church, 19 Stueber Road, Leasburg, MO 65535.
All arrangements under the direction of Hutson Funeral Home, Cuba MO.