Delbert Boone

Time of Service:

Memorial Service for Mr. Boone to begin at 3pm

Place of Service:

The Riverside Memorial Chapel
It is with deep sadness that our dear husband, father, brother and friend, Delbert Boone, passed away on Friday, June 17th, after an 8 month battle with cancer In Work, for the past 31 years, Delbert has been one of the most compelling voices on the subject of alcohol and drug abuse. Delbert has devoted his career delivering a message that all addicts should have a chance to find sobriety. Delbert’s road to success was not the conventional one. After academic honors thru his education, and professional roles as teacher, coach, and parole officer, his drug use led him down a different path. From 1977 to 1982, he served 4 terms in state penitentiaries for petty crimes associated with his drug abuse. This experience changed his life. On his own initiative, while incarcerated, Delbert developed a detailed plan for a more effective drug abuse treatment program for prisoners. He was given the blessing to use his program in the Missouri Department of Corrections, expanding the program that he dubbed ESCAPE (for Effective Substance Abuse Attitude Personal Encounter). The program garnered national attention, ultimately capturing the United Way Program of the Year Award in 1984. It was the beginning of a career filled with recognition rewarding his passion in the field of addiction and his never ending need to help others. In 1984, then First Lady Nancy Reagan, made a special visit to St. Louis to consult with him on the “Just Say No” campaign and appoint him to the US Drug Free Schools Program. Delbert was featured in nearly 20 training videos that focused on topics of drug addiction and the drug culture. He has been honored with 8 Telly Awards for those training videos highlighting his excellence in the field of addiction. In play, Delbert was an avid fisherman and would go anywhere, anytime to catch “the Big one”. He went hours up into Canada digging up supplies to catch pike, he went to Alaska and the Northwest to fish for salmon, he fished in Mexico and he went with the whole dang neighborhood to fish off Nantucket. His motto was “have fishing pole, will travel”. In fashion, Delbert was an alligator shoe fanatic, watch aficionado and just all out best dressed anywhere he went! In family, he was an incredible husband to Nina, a proud father to Delbert Jr., Candace, Patrece, Derrick and Haley, a photo showing grandfather of 7 and great grandfather to 2. Delbert will be missed. He was a man of inclusion and a uniquely special individual. We ask that donations be made to Meals OnWheels in your local communities American Boston Terrier Rescue
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