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Robert Charles DeRoos

Running Water, SD

1940, 2750, Fruitdale (Orman Dam), B-2

(May 10, 1922 - January 10, 2011)

Robert DeRoos, 88, of Springfield died Monday, January 10, 2011 at the Good Samaritan Society in Tyndall. Funeral services are 2 PM, Thursday, January 13, 2011 at the United Church of Christ in Springfield. Burial is in the Springfield Cemetery, rural Springfield, with military honors. Visitation is Wednesday from 4 PM until 7 PM and Thursday from 9 AM until noon at the Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Home in Springfield.

Robert Charles DeRoos, son of Frank and Lena (Oorlog) DeRoos, was born May 10, 1922 at Running Water, SD. He was the youngest of 13 children. He died Monday, January 10, 2011 at the Good Samaritan Society in Tyndall. Robert attained the age of 88years and eight months.

Robert attended grade school at Running Water and graduated from Springfield High School in 1940.

Bob DeRoosBob DeRoos in CCC uniform photo courtesy Dean Talty

Robert enlisted in the US Army and served from December 16, 1942 to December 7, 1945. He was decorated with the Good Conduct Medal. Robert was proud to have served his country.

Robert married Lorraine Halsey on June 12, 1947 at the United Church of Christ in Springfield.

Robert built and owned his own business, the DeRoos Garage. He owned and operated the garage for 25 years. He sold his business and started teaching diesel mechanics at the USDS college. Through night classes and summer school he received his Bachelor's Degree from USDS and his Master's from USD at Vermillion. He taught at the college for eleven years before it closed. He then worked as a crop adjuster until he retired.

Robert was a member of the United Church of Christ in Springfield, the Elk Lodge, the Masonic Lodge and the Dwight Wood American Legion Post.

Robert enjoyed teaching at USDS, golfing, bowling, boating and traveling.

Thankful for having shared his life are his wife Lorraine "Rusty" DeRoos of the Good Samaritan Society in Tyndall and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents; six sisters: Cora, Hattie, Jennie, Grace, Pearl and Frances; and six brothers: John, Nick, George, Frank Jr., Clarence and Oscar.

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