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James “Kenneth” Deruelle


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Daddy, also known as Grandpa Ken, passed away peacefully on his 76th birthday, July 9, 2021.  As a faithful Christian, he is reunited in Heaven with his mother Ruth Deruelle, his father Elwood Deruelle, his grandparents Alfonso and Wilma Markham, his uncle Ken Markham, his brothers Larry and Danny Deruelle, his sister Delene Kepler, and his niece April Deruelle.

The many he left behind holding dear memories, include his 5 children, Laura Lin Sherman (Joe), Dr. Dennis Deruelle (Erin), Amy Boggs (Dr. Scott), Jennifer Leavengood (Dr. Henry),Logan Deruelle (Kayon), his 18 grandchildren, his wife, Peggy Deruelle, his sister, Carol Baugh, his brother, David Deruelle (Yumiko), his brother in law Rick Kepler (Susan), his sister in law, Beth Deruelle, troves of nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews, and many loving friends.

Daddy was born in Decatur, Alabama, attended high school in Scotch Plains, New Jersey, and graduated from Mississippi State in 1967 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering. Daddy worked for several major corporations throughout his engineering career, including Eastman Kodak, Bausch & Lomb, and DuPont.

Aside from family, church, and career, Daddy had other interests.  Although he couldn’t carry a tune, he had a love and appreciation for music.  He was an enthusiastic golfer in his day, and he was pretty decent.  Daddy was an outstanding Bridge player and his knowledge and understanding of the game made him excellent at teaching it to others.  He was an avid Georgia Bulldog fan, and a sore loser at that.  Daddy also spent many years as a football referee. He officiated games at all levels of play, including High School State Championship games.  One highlight for him was officiating on the sidelines “Between the Hedges.”

Daddy had a sharp mind, full of keen advice and lessons to be learned.  We will forever cherish his legacy in our hearts and his smile in our minds.  “What a Wonderful World,” indeed.  Bye Daddy, we love you.

Services and Ceremonies are arranged by Veterans Funeral Care in Clearwater, FL.  A Memorial Service and Life Celebration will take place at Northside Baptist Church (6000 38th Ave N) in St. Petersburg  beginning at 5:00pm on Friday July 30th, 2021.   All family, friends and those who were blessed by Ken over the years are encouraged to attend.

Any floral arrangements should be directed to church for delivery.

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  • Alicia Johnson says:

    So sorry to hear Dennis & Erin. We are sending you and all your family our love.

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