Published 12:00 am Saturday, January 14, 2012

Hamilton “Bobby” Deroche Jr, a resident of Gramercy who lived for over 23 years on Blind River, was born July 18, 1921, and died Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, at the age of 90. He and his wife, Martha, owned Our Lady of Blind River Chapel. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army in the Aleutian Islands during World War II. He worked at Kaiser Aluminum for many years.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Martha Waguespack Deroche, two daughters and son-in-laws, Aline and Arnold “Sonny” Hymel Jr. and Patricia and Kenneth Hymel, five grandchildren, Tina Trosclair (Jared), Jeremy Deroche (Stephanie), Lance Weber (Dawn) and Dexton Weber, and 10 great-grandchildren, Hailey, Devin and Dane Haydel, Austin and Abby Hymel, Skye, Bryce and Korbyn Weber and Brianna and Daxx Weber. He is also by two siblings, brother Curtis Deroche and sister Mary Ann Roussel.

Bobby was preceded in death by his parents, Hamilton Deroche, Sr. and Aline Blank, son Robert Deroche, brothers Earl, Gerald, Allen and Russel Deroche, and two grandchildren, Christie Hymel and Chad Deroche.

Visitation and services were held Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, at the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Gramercy. Military honors followed in the St. Joseph Mausoleum in Paulina.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Ochsner Home Health Care and St. Catherine’s Hospice for their loving care and compassion extended to them all during this time and Alexander’s Funeral Home staff for his arrangements. They also wish to thank all who visited Our Lady of Blind River Chapel and for all their donations given to keep the chapel going.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of H.C. Alexander Funeral Home in Lutcher.

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