William J. “Bill” DeRew, 87, of Annawan, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, at his home surrounded by his family. A memorial mass was at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, in Annawan. Fr. Stephen Englebrecht officiated. Inurnment followed at Sacred Heart Cemetery, in Annawan, where military honors were accorded by the United States Marine Corps. A visitation was from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Atkinson. A rosary was recited at 4:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be left to the William DeRew Memorial Fund. Per his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded.

William J. “Bill” DeRew, 87, of Annawan, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, at his home surrounded by his family. A memorial mass was at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, in Annawan. Fr. Stephen Englebrecht officiated. Inurnment followed at Sacred Heart Cemetery, in Annawan, where military honors were accorded by the United States Marine Corps. A visitation was from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Atkinson. A rosary was recited at 4:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be left to the William DeRew Memorial Fund. Per his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded.

Bill was born on Feb. 8, 1930, in Prophetstown, the son of John and Eugenia (Galle) DeRew. Bill graduated from R.O.W.V.A. High School. He joined the United States Marine Corps in 1951 and served until 1953. He married Barbara J. Bachman on Feb. 5, 1955, in Kewanee. Bill was a lifelong farmer. He farmed in the Woodhull area before moving to Geneseo where he continued to farm. He also was a feed salesman for a short time. Bill and Barbara were members of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, in Annawan. He enjoyed fishing, deer hunting and spending time tending his garden. Bill also was a member of the 40 & 8.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 62 years, Barbara; son, Michael (Doreen) DeRew, of Geneseo; and daughter, Chris (Stephen) Sellon, of Vero Beach, Fla.; six grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; as well as his sister, Dolores (Wayne) Kapple, of Hot Springs, Ark. He also is survived by several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Eugenia.