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Obituary: Louie DeRose

Louie DeRose 1918 ~ 2005 SPRINGVILLE - The world's best husband and father left this world peacefully after a four-month battle with cancer. His absence will leave a hole in our hearts that will never be filled. Dad was born in Sunnyside, Utah to Frank and Caroline DeRose on May 18, 1918. He spent his childhood in Helper where he played baseball and learned to hunt and fish. Dad served in World War II from 1942 to 1945. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army and served in the Pacific at Pearl Harbor. He married the love of his life, Lena Carnesecca in 1946 and moved to Springville. He was totally devoted to mom. He worked as a foreman and retired from Geneva Steel. His passion was his yard and garden. He worked endless hours on both, to achieve perfection. His vegetables, grapes, and fruit were always the best. He always raised plenty for everyone, especially family, friends and neighbors. When not working in the garden, dad could be found at his cabin in Scofield. Many fish and deer will sleep much better knowing dad will not be chasing them anymore. He was an active member of St. Francis Church and the Knights of Columbus. We all spent many wonderful hours hunting and camping with dad. He taught all of us about life through example. He was perfect in every way. He is survived by: wife: Lena, children: Gary (Susan) DeRose, Susan (Wayne) Anderson, Dennis (Debbi) DeRose, Dyan (Pat) Campbell, Karen (Rick) Knowlton, Randy, 10 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and sisters: Millie (Nick) Georgedes, Carm. Preceded in death by parents, sisters: Florence (Willie) Johnson, Rose (Ed) Beckley, and one great-grand-child, Skylar Johnson. The viewing will be held September 23 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Wheeler Mortuary (211 S. 200 E. in Springville). The Holy Rosary will be September 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at St. Francis Church (65 East 500 North in Orem, three Blocks East of K-Mart). Viewing prior to mass from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Mass at 11 a.m. Internment at Evergreen Cemetery in Springville. In lieu of flowers, family asks that you donate to (RAH) Program Central Utah Enterprises or St. Francis Building Fund. Condolences may be sent at www.wheelermortuary.com