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Geneseo Republic - Geneseo, IL
  • Obituary: Ronald DeReu

  • Ronald A. DeReu, 79, of Annawan, formerly of Atkinson, died Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, at Geneseo Good Samaritan Village. A funeral Mass celebrating his life was held Monday, Sept. 17, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Atkinson. The Rev. R. Anthony Lee officiated. Burial was in St. Anthony's Cemetery, Atkinson, where military...
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  • Ronald A. DeReu, 79, of Annawan, formerly of Atkinson, died Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, at Geneseo Good Samaritan Village. A funeral Mass celebrating his life was held Monday, Sept. 17, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Atkinson. The Rev. R. Anthony Lee officiated. Burial was in St. Anthony's Cemetery, Atkinson, where military honors were accorded by the Atkinson American Legion Post. A visitation was held Sunday, Sept. 16, at Vandemore Funeral Home Ltd., Atkinson with a prayer service. Memorials may be directed to Atkinson Rescue Squad or the Hammond-Henry Hospital Foundation.
    Ron was born on July 19, 1933, in Atkinson, the son of Wilson and Louise (Haars) DeReu. He was a graduate of Atkinson High School, a member of the Class of 1951, and served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He married Patricia Winters on May 29, 1970. He owned and operated DeReu's Clothing and Shoes Department Store in Atkinson from 1954 until 1968. He then moved the business to Geneseo until closing in 1980. He then became a representative for Durango Boot Co. until 1993. He worked for Mr. Tom Florshiem of the Florshiem Shoe family. He ended his career as an investment adviser with Prudential Financial in 2001. He also was licensed as a security dealer with the U.S. Security Exchange Commission.
    Ron was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Atkinson and later St. Michael's Parish in Cherokee Village, Ark., where he relocated in 2004. He was a member of the Atkinson Kiwanis Club for many years, a charter member of the Atkinson Chamber of Commerce, Atkinson Township Assessor for 12 years, Hammond-Henry Hospital Board for six years, past Commander of the Atkinson Legion Post No. 724, and an active member of the Senior Citizens "Meals on Wheels."
    Survivors include his wife, Patricia; five sons and spouses, Ken and Lorinda DeReu of Atkinson, Dan and Lisa DeReu of rural Atkinson, Michael and Donna DeReu of rural Buda, Nick and Renee DeReu of Rio Rancho, N.M. and Craig and Chris DeReu of Annawan; 10 grandchildren, Marcus and Johnna, Denelle, Tyler, Dustin, Jesse, Ben, Joshua, Jessica and Gabriella; two step-grandchildren, Joel and Kala; and one sister and spouse, Judy and Bernard Edwards of Geneseo. He was preceded in death by his parents.

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