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Woodlawn Funeral Home & Memorial Park

400 Woodlawn Cemetery Road, Gotha, FL

OBITUARY

John J Dersam Jr.

May 9, 1939February 7, 2020

John J Dersam, Jr of Orlando, FL died on February 7, 2020 at the age of 80 years old. He was born in Orlando, FL to Florence Dersam and John J Dersam, Sr.

He retired from the Army as a computer programmer/analyst after 20 years of service. He later retired from Electronic Data Systems (EDS) Corporation where he had continued to work for the Army as a civilian contractor.

He is proceeded in death by his beloved wife, Kyung Sook Dersam; his daughters Bonnie Kowalski and Florea Thind; his parents; all of his siblings Goldie Willard, Jessie Reed, Joseph “Sony” (Donna) Dersam, William “Bill” Dersam, Mable Dersam, and James Richard Dersam.

He is survived by his daughter Brenda (Marcelino) Hernandez; his son-in-laws Bud Kowalski and Raj Thind; and his three grandchildren Steven Kowalski, Korey Thind, and Toriana Thind. Also survived by his brother-in-law Bill Willard and sister-in-law Helen Dersam and his many nieces and nephews.

John was a quiet man who lived a simple life. He loved his family and dogs very deeply. He was very dedicated to his work and his country. During his military career he received many honors including the Purple Heart and Meritorious Service Medal.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at Woodlawn Memorial Park & Funeral Home at 400 Woodlawn Cemetery Rd, Gotha, FL 34734 at 11:00 AM. Internment will be at Union Cemetery, Columbus, OH. Details to follow.

Services

  • Memorial Service Wednesday, February 12, 2020

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Tanika Smith

February 17, 2020

I'm sorry I could not make it to the funeral I got the times mixed up but I want to leave my love and prayers for his daughter and family john was my great uncle and was amazing. I dont have many memories as an adult but I always remember how much he reminded me of my grandpa. Quiet but loving. Seems hard to believe that most of my family is gone. . Love you uncle john. I wish I had more time to spend with you growing up.

Ernie Reed

February 12, 2020

To many memories to share. Was a great uncle the last one. He will be miss greatly. He is now with the rest of his family looking down upon us

Lisa Cruz

February 11, 2020

There are so many words to choose from, but the only words that come to mind are:

Mr. Dersam and our family grew as one way before my brother married his daughter Brenda.

His love flowed not just to Brenda, Florea, Bonnie, but reached their husbands Marcelino, Raj and Bud.

Whenever you think of his daughters you think of Mr. Dersam.

Thank you Mr. Dersam for your service as well as sharing your home with us. For the stories you'd share all the way up to present stories.

I remember when you resided in the white house when you lived in Waukegan. I shall treasure the memories always.

Now you can rest and be reunited with Mrs. Dersam, Florea and Bonnie as well as your parents, brothers and sisters.

REST IN PARADISE Mr. Dersam until we are all reunited again

Will always think of you and remember you always.

Dolores Santana

February 11, 2020

Mr. D,

Thank you for your gentle and kind spirit. My heart is heavy knowing you are gone but filled with joy and hope we will all meet again. Thank you for the years of service, thank you for opening your home to me and my children, thank you for sharing your daughters Florea, Bonnie and especially my sister in-law Brenda. Brenda has been a blessing to our family more than you will ever know. May you Rest In Peace you will be missed.

Dolores Santana

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY