William Henry Debolt, 76, teacher, counselor

July 03, 2005

William Henry Debolt, a retired educator and former Glen Burnie resident, died of Parkinson's disease Wednesday at a Zanesville, Ohio, nursing home. He was 76.

Mr. Debolt was born and raised in Waynesburg, Pa., and earned a bachelor's degree in education in 1950 from California University of Pennsylvania. In 1964, he earned a master's degree in education and guidance counseling from Shippensburg University.

After serving in the Army in Germany in the early 1950s, he began his teaching career at South Hagerstown High School, where he taught industrial arts, automobile mechanics and math. From 1965 to 1974, he was a guidance counselor at Thomas Johnson High School in Frederick.

In 1974, Mr. Debolt joined the State Department of Education as a planning and development specialist. After retiring in the early 1980s, he became director of transportation technologies at Williamsport Area Community College, until retiring a second time in 1985.

Mr. Debolt, who had lived in Zanesville since 1992, enjoyed collecting and rebuilding gasoline engines from the early 20th century and building models of what are called hit-and-miss gasoline engines. He also was a Civil War re-enactor and coached high school wrestling.

Some of his professional memberships included the American Personnel and Guidance Association, American School Counselors Association and the Maryland State Teachers Association. He had been president of the Maryland Vocational Association.

Services will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Snouffer Funeral Home in Zanesville.

Surviving are his wife of 54 years, the former Janice D. Riggle; a son, Paul W. Debolt of Zanesville; two daughters, Sheryl A. Debolt of Zanesville and Kimberly K. Debolt of Galveston, Texas; a sister, Helen Debolt Krause of Washington, Pa.; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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