Leonard John Deru, died Jan. 10, 2004. He was 78.
Deru was born March 1, 1925, in Rock Springs, Wyo., to Joseph and Josephine (Morizzo) Deru.
Deru served in Co. A of the 1st Infantry Division, in the Pacific theatre, during WWII. He saw combat in Luzon, New Guinea, and Korea. He was awarded the combat Infantryman Badge and several service medals. After the Army, he went to the University of Wyoming, where he earned a bachelor's degree in business. Deru was married to Lorraine Daniels on July 26, 1953 and they settled in Craig, where he owned the Amoco service station. They moved to California in 1964, where they lived until 1972, when they moved to Lakewood, where Deru had his business until 2000. They retired and moved to Hurricane in 2001. Deru loved to fly and flew a Cessna 182 all over the Rocky Mountain region, he was a good pilot.
Golf. Nobody loved the game of golf more than he did. It was his second love next to his wife. Many people took vacations to go and see places and things, but Deru took vacations to play golf. While living in Denver, he had a steady foursome, with him as the designated driver.
Deru found Sky Mountain and decided to move to Hurricane, where he could play golf year round. Many nieces, nephews, and friends will gather to say goodbye to him as they knew him.
Services will be held Jan. 15, 2004 at a Catholic church in St. George, Utah.
Interment will be in Hayden at a later date.