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William J. DeRew

February 8, 1930 ~ August 8, 2017 (age 87)

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Recitation of the Rosary
August 15, 2017

4:30 PM
Vandemore Funeral Home
214 S. State St
Atkinson, IL 61235

August 15, 2017

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Vandemore Funeral Home
214 S. State St
Atkinson, IL 61235

Memorial Mass
August 16, 2017

10:00 AM
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
305 W South Av
Annawan, Illinois 61234

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William J. “Bill” DeRew


William J. “Bill” DeRew, 87, of Annawan, passed away Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family. A Memorial Mass will be Wednesday, August 16 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Annawan at 10:00 a.m. Father Stephen Englebrecht will officiate. Inurnment will follow at the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Annawan, where military honors will be accorded by the United States Marine Corps. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. August 15 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory in Atkinson. A rosary will be 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 February 8, 1930, the son of John and Eugenia (Galle) DeRew in Prophetstown, IL. 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 February 5, 1955 in Kewanee, IL. Bill was a lifelong farmer, farming in the Woodhull area before moving to Geneseo where he continued to farm. He was also a feed salesman for short time. Bill and Barbara were members of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Annawan. He enjoyed fishing, deer hunting and spending time tending his garden. Bill was also a member of the 40 & 8.


Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Barbara of 62 years, son Michael (Doreen) DeRew, Geneseo, IL and daughter Chris (Stephen) Sellon, Vero Beach, FL. Bill has six grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. His sister is Dolores (Wayne) Kapple, Hot Springs, AR.  He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.


Bill was preceded in death by his parents, John and Eugenia. 

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