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Victor Virgil DeRose

September 18, 1927April 30, 2020

Victor Virgil DeRose, 92, of Haslett passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on April 30, 2020. He was born September 18, 1927 in Leslie, Michigan to John and Amelia DeRose.

Victor was a longtime resident of the Haslett/Okemos area. He was the Patriarch of the family.

Family was the single most important thing in this life. He went above and beyond when it came to caring for his wife and children up until the day he passed. Family traditions and gatherings were very important to him. Whether it was a holiday, birthday, or sporting event he enjoyed any type of celebration that involved his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and extended family. His love was felt by all.

Victor graduated from Leslie High School in 1946. He proudly served his country in the Navy as an Airman from 1946-1948. Then he attended Michigan State University and earned a Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Education. He started his teaching career in 1952 at Haslett High School. After three years he moved to Lansing School District where he spent 41 years in secondary education. He did various things, including coaching, teaching, and coordinating youth-employment programs. Over the years Victor touched many lives as a player, coach and teacher. He was highly respected and liked by his peers, players, students and friends.

Victor’s many athletic accomplishments started in high school where he played three varsity sports. He earned the honor of being inducted into the Leslie Hall of Fame this year. His love of sports led him to start a career in officiating where he retired after 25+ years. He was inducted into the BCAM Hall of Honor for Officiating in 1996. However, his involvement in sports continued when he became the operator of the 25 second clock at MSU football games and score board operator at MSU basketball games. He was very proud to work for his beloved Spartans for 30 years.

After retirement Vic and Dolores spent many enjoyable winters in Florida with family and friends. They traveled many places and attended numerous sporting events including the 1988 Rose Bowl.

Victor cherished so many friendships over his 92 years of life. It was important for him to stay connected to these friends up to the very end. Some of his favorite hobbies were tennis, bridge, and card games of any kind. He was not only a faithful Spartan fan (GO GREEN), but also loved all Detroit professional sports.

Victor is survived by his six children, Susan (David) Wilcox, David DeRose, John DeRose, Nancy Baran, Mary Trosko, and Stephen DeRose; 12 grandchildren, Ryan (Kacie) Wilcox, Chris (Danielle) Wilcox, Elizabeth (Kevin) Hedley, Matthew DeRose, Daniel DeRose, Michael (Jami) Baran, Robert (Samantha) Baran, James Baran, Victoria Trosko, Sarah Trosko, Alexandria Trosko, Jaden DeRose; 11 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Michelena DeRose, Marie Sanford and Patricia (Glen) Lewis. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Michael DeRose and his dear wife, Dolores.

Victor was a beloved father, son, brother, companion, husband, neighbor and friend.

A memorial mass will be held Friday, August 7, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Martha Catholic Church, 1100 W. Grand River Ave., Okemos, MI 48864, with a visitation starting at 10:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to St. Martha Catholic Church, 1100 W. Grand River Ave., Okemos, MI 48864 or The MSU willed body program, 939 Wilson Road, E206 East Lansing, MI 48824.

The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, East Chapel, East Lansing.

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  • St. Martha's Catholic Church
  • MSU Willed Body Program


  • Visitation

    Friday, August 7, 2020

  • Memorial Mass

    Friday, August 7, 2020


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Mary Barnes

August 2, 2020

For Patty & Michelena;
I knew "Victor V", when I audited the federal programs he was in charge of, at the Lansing School District. He always had a story to tell or a cute joke. I do not think he ever met a stranger, as he loved people. I hope he is at peace and all is well with you both.

Mary Barnes

Jan (Denton) Swiss

August 2, 2020

Not only did I experience Vic Derose as a teacher, but I also taught with he and Ken Eckman as teachers in Lansing Schools. The 60's were the best in education and coaching...especially at Everett High. Jan (Denton) Swiss, class of '65

Ron Clevenger

August 2, 2020

Mr. Derose was a great teacher coach and friend. The football players loved his easy going style of coaching. Very soft spoken and always had that smile. As an athlete, we had some of the best men teaching us the right way to play and and act as young men. Bauer, Eckman, Powers and Webb. They all made a powerful impact on our lives. It's great when a student can call a teacher a friend. I was blessed to call Mr. Derose, Ken and Ted my friend.

Ron Clevenger, class of 64

Pam Shaw

May 15, 2020

It seems like the end of a great foursome. It is like they are all right here with me today. I just bet they are all waiting for your Dad to get there so they can play a game of bridge. Can't you hear the laughing, yelling for not playing the right card, joking and a couple of words for sure. I can still hear Pete laughing, saying Vic makes me drive all the time so he doesn't put any mileage on that new car.
Well I am sure Vic got a couple different ones since then (o r maybe not). haha It is the end to a great era where people were neighbors, friends, and loved each other like family. Hoping all of us take part of our parents relationship with us as we live in these unsure times. Prayers are with you all. Love Pam

Bradford Miller

May 12, 2020

Very sorry to hear the passing of Mr. Derose. I never had the honor of having Vic as a teacher, I do have great memories of him umpiring several of our varsity baseball games, from 1967-1970, along with coach George Fox! Condolences to the family.

Gerald Stein

May 11, 2020

Regina and I met Vic at the bridge table at Lansing Bridge Center. Vic was always pleasant and happy to see those who sat down at their table. We have lost a true gentleman in our Bridge club. Our sincere condolences to Vic’s family.

Gerald and Regina Stein

Janeice Morrow

May 11, 2020


I'm so sorry to see the passing of your father. Our prayers are with you all during this time.


May 10, 2020

Hi Nancy, So sorry to see your Dad's passing. You're in my thoughts & prayers. Allow God to comfort you as only He can. God loves you & so do I.

Gary and Jane Hopkins Beaudoin

May 10, 2020

As members of the class of 1967 at Everett High School, we are among hundreds of students who loved having Mr. DeRose as a teacher. He was vibrant and a great role model. Our loving thoughts go to his family.

Tom Minter

May 9, 2020

Vic and I worked together occasionally as baseball umpires and basketball referees for many seasons. Working games with Vic was always fun as he kept a great balance between working hard as an official but always understanding the human side for the players and coaches. Whether officiating for students in the high school games or for adults in the adult recreation baseball games, he was calm and collected. And that was felt by players and coaches. He was a good one!


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