August 22, 1953 - October 23, 2021
Mr. Willie “Sweet Dog” DeBardelaben, Jr. was born August 22, 1953 in Saginaw, Michigan to the proud parents of Willie, Sr. and Johnnie L. (Benson) DeBardelaben. He passed away on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at the age of 68 years. Willie was a lifelong resident of Saginaw, Michigan. He attended Saginaw Public Schools and was a graduate of Saginaw High School where he was a standout football player for “The Mighty Trojans”. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Central State University. Mr. DeBardelaben was formerly employed at Schaefer & Bierlein and he made a great impact on the youth while working at the Saginaw Juvenile Detention Center. He enjoyed grilling, cooking, playing Dominos, sports and going to the casino. He was the life of the party. To cherish many memories he leaves, three children, Tawanda Lockett, Sioux Falls, SD, Anita DeBardelaben and Willie DeBardelaben III, both of Saginaw, MI; his significant other, Rosemary J. Gipsonof Saginaw, MI; 11 grandchildren, Scottie, Shantell, DeQuentin and Aaron Lockett, Travontis Richardson, Champigne Galvin, Quentin Ridley, Jr., Vera, John, Christopher and Joseph DeBardelaben; nine great-grandchildren; one sister, Annette (Lewis) Williams; one brother, Donald DeBardelaben; two aunts, Minnie Benson and Rosie White, both of Alabama; one uncle, Clifford Benson, Tampa, FL; four nieces; eight nephews; a host of other relatives and friends. Mr. DeBardelaben was preceded in death by one son, Quentin Ridley; a granddaughter, Chynna Thompson; his parents, Willie and Johnnie DeBardelaben; siblings, Eddie Benson, Barnard and Patrick DeBardelaben and Rosemary (DeBardelaben) Allen. The family would like to express a special thanks to Covenant Medical Center-Harrison and Evans & Browne’s Funeral Home. Funeral service will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 5, 2021 at Evans & Browne's Funeral Home, 441 North Jefferson Avenue, Saginaw, MI 48601. Pastor Genevieve Benson will officiate. Friends may call at the Evans & Browne's Funeral Home, 441 N. Jefferson Avenue, Saginaw, MI 48607 on Thursday from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Mr. Willie “Sweet Dog” DeBardelaben, Jr. was born August 22, 1953 in Saginaw, Michigan to the proud parents of Willie, Sr. and Johnnie L. (Benson) DeBardelaben. He passed away on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at the age of 68 years. Willie... View Obituary & Service Information
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