The Sergeant doesn't sleep with a night light or flashlight. The Sergeant isn't afraid of the dark. The dark is afraid of the Sergeant.
When the Sergeant was in middle school, his English teacher assigned an essay: "WHAT IS COURAGE?" The Sergeant received an A+ for turning in a blank page with only his name at the top.
SFC (ret) John Dereza gave light to all our conversations and show courage until the end. I am proud to have served with such a great citizen soldier and honor to call him my friend. Rest In Peace My Friend.
So very sorry to hear about John. Please keep in touch to rekindle our friendship.
The Geller Family
John was a great man and a great friend. He will be sorely missed. I remember him telling stories of his time on active duty with the Army and later with the National Guard. Of time spent trudging through the rain and shivering through the night in a cold sleeping bag, but he kept on going feeling he owed a duty to his new country. He spoke of his students, some favorably and some who were thorns in his side. He enjoyed teaching and was good at it. He taught me a lot even though I was never in his classroom. I loved him like a second father. He will never be forgotten.
I am so very sorry about John's passing. I will always remember that "Mennonite van" coming to pick me up to go for ice cream on a hot summer night. My prayers of peace and comfort from our Lord is with Jill and the kids.