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March 06, 2013
I'm sorry to hear about this loss in your family. My family and I are grateful for the bravery, service and dedication that Leon gave.
November 23, 2012
In memory & honor of Bertrand DeRaps.
July 27, 2012
You are all in my prayers.
Beth Prior
HHT
May 15, 2012
It is always a sad day when we lose the ones we love. While I never knew Leon, the type of person he is/was is shown in these pages. Thanks for sharing his message.
May 06, 2012
To the family and friends of Lance Cpl. Leon B. Deraps:
Always remembering Leon. "Some gave all."
February 23, 2012
My brother-in-law also lost his life as a Marine in combat during the Vietnam war and when I hear of another fallen hero my heart is heavy.

My prayers go out to all who knew and loved Lance Corporal Leon Deraps, an Angel for our Freedom.
December 14, 2011
A tragic loss, and my heart goes out to you who survive him and mourn him.
October 24, 2011
Loss of any family or friend is so difficult for we are left with only memories But we know your at peace and not fighting anymore, and your an Angel of Freedom and love and Left your name with family, strangers, and friends who can say We appreciate your love for America and your sacrifice for so many God Bless and HE will hold you forever in HIS grace and Honor in Heaven and on Earth WE will remember
September 29, 2011
Dear Deraps Family,

I am so sorry to have read of your great loss as I was reviewing your website this evening. You will continue to be in my prayers.

Blessings,
September 29, 2011
I don't you know, Leon but I'm good friends with Josh Hampton. He has your named tattooed on his arm and wanted to name his son after you. You meant a lot to him, which means a lot to me. Thank you, Leon, rest easy.
July 10, 2011
To the family of Lance Cpl. Leon B. Deraps:
Please know that just as your loved one remains in your hearts and minds; his sacrifice, and that of your family, remains with the people he died defending. Words cannot express the gratitude we feel for his bravery and selflessness, or the heartache we feel for your loss. God bless and keep you always.
July 09, 2011
I am so sorry for your loss. May LCPL. LEON B. DERAPS rest in peace and you find comfort in knowing that he is. My thoughts and prayers are with LEON and your family. Thank You Soldier~ GOD bless ~You are not forgotten.
May 06, 2011
To the family and friends of Lance Cpl. Leon B. Deraps:
Please accept my remembrance of Leon on the anniversary of his passing and know that he will never be forgotten.
Peggy Childers
www.IraqWarHeroes.org
April 28, 2011
Thank you Lance Cpl. Leon B. Deraps for your service to our Country. You will never be forgotten~ In honor I salute you. God Bless you and your family for the greatest sacrifice(s) that were made by you.
February 16, 2011
Mr. Dale, I did not know Leon, but read a lot about Leon in the guest book, I am absolutely sure that he was a wonderful man and your beloved son.
I hope my heart's prayers and tears of my soul will reach the heaven's and God will help you even more in this endless sorrow.
October 27, 2010
SemperFi brother, never forgotten.

Sgt USMC veteran
August 07, 2010
Semper Fi my Brother, I look forward to serving with you at Marine Barracks, Heaven's Gates.
Steve Stuckmeyer
GySgt USMC Retired
July 15, 2010
To Leon´s family:
I have my own son being deployed soon, and fears come into my mind. I do hope that Leon´s sacrifice will bring one day the peace that we much need.

With my deepest respect and sympathies to his family.
July 14, 2010
My name is Lance/Corporal James Schneider USMC and I give my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of my fallen comrade in arms. When you ever get to heaven you'll find the streets are guarded by United States Marines and I know he will be one of them. May God Bless You!
July 06, 2010
Sure miss you brother, I think of you all the time. You left such a huge hole in all of our lives. I miss your smile, I still hear your voice on last time we talked. I was in a hurry and I told you I had to run. So many time's I've wished I had just stopped and talked with you just a little more. I thank you God that we had the time we did with you, but I wish we had more.....
June 21, 2010
We went to Truman Lake this weekend so missed you and it will never be the same without you. Just miss you so much. Love you son,Mom
June 20, 2010
Leon,
You are greatly missed. I wish you could see your nieces and nephews grow! It's hard to have them grow up without knowing their uncle Leon. Memories of you are such treasures in my heart. You are my hero, brother. I love you and you changed my life forever! I am honored to be called your sister. I miss you. Regina
June 18, 2010
A hero I never knew yet he lay down his life in the name of the freedom we cherish. May his loved ones always know he's honored today and always for his priceless sacrifice.
June 11, 2010
Thank you for your selfless service to our county.
June 04, 2010
Hi baylee its me Lexi I still greive for you Alot
June 04, 2010
I didn't know Leon either I knew his niece Baylee we went to school together
May 31, 2010
Thinking about you and your family today!! Thank you for what you have done!! You are a hero!
May 07, 2010
To the family and friends of Lance Cpl. Leon B. Deraps:
Remembering Leon on the anniversary of his passing. May our fallen heroes never be forgotten!
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org
April 14, 2010
I will never forget the day our family heard the news of Leon's death. Although I never had the opportunity to meet him, I know he comes from a wonderful, loving family. I drove my children up North Hwy 87 and was wept as I saw the American flags which lined the highway for miles and miles, and today remember my hero Leon, for his courageous battle for our freedom. God bless all of you. I cannot wait to participate in the annual walk/run with my family to honor such a courageous young man. You will never be forgotten, Leon. Rest in peace with our Lord God in Heaven.
March 25, 2010
Thank you for providing me the freedoms so many take for granted! You will not be forgotten!
March 08, 2010
Thank you for sharing your memories with all Americans. Leons sacrifice will not go in vain as long as we live in freedom withe the Stars and Stripes flying proud above. We will "Honor and Remember" his life and sacrifice and thank God for welcoming Leon into His prescence. Rest in peace and glory my brother.
March 02, 2010
Thank you for your sacrifice. My son is a Marine. Thank you also to your family for there support for the military men and woman fighting for our freedom. May you rest in peace. Semper Fi. A Proud Marine Mother Carol
February 19, 2010
You are a great guy Leon!! Thank you for what you did to keep us all safe here!! My condolences to the Deraps family!! You all are great~~
January 22, 2010
I never met Leon, but everytime I'm driving to and from California and see the Lance Corporal Leon B. Deraps Memorial Highway sign I think of him and how courageous he was. Leon and his service to our country will never be forgotten.
January 09, 2010
my name is Moses Cucufate-Luna and im a Marine veteran and platoon member of Leon. I just want to say im veary proud and honerd to have servd with him. I remember going on missions with him as he sat as my A driver in my 7 ton truck helping me stay alert and safe during the long nights on the road. Lcpl Deraps will always be one of my personal heroes.

SEMPER FI
December 12, 2009
Very sorry to hear of young Leons death. I have very fond memories of him playing with our children in Jamestown. His energy and passion will live in my memories. Much love to all those who endure.
November 08, 2009
Never new you personnally but you will never be forgotten. After all this time I still think of you and your family. So proud of you. Fighting for our freedom. Your mission on earth came to an end but it doesn't end there now you are in Heaven with Jesus enjoying all of Heaven's Glory.
November 07, 2009
safe jounerys dear relative may we meet some day at the top of the mountian. I am so proud of you.
November 02, 2009
Andrew Lee Cutler Former SGT. USMC (VN) and SFC USA (Ret)
September 10, 2009
Leon was rightfully proud of his strong, loving, generous family - and they and we all are rightfully proud of the Leon we were so lucky to have known. You live on in our hearts, Leon!
September 09, 2009
Thank you for allowing me to conduct and honor your Son during the 8 Nov 2009 event, It is my hope that we can do the right thing for a parent who have gave the best they have to the United States of America. Thank you Carl Dietrich, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Department of Missouri
August 17, 2009
American Hero! God Bless Leon and his family.
July 16, 2009
may you rest in peace, brother.
July 12, 2009
Leon's Dad and brother-in-law Jeff and other buddies just finished a fantastic (and difficult) chimney-rebuild project for us in Columbia. They were proudly wearing Leon's name, and honored to tell the story of his life. A man to be remembered, and of course deeply missed.

So hard to lose one so young! But life goes on, and those who knew him carry on a tradition of careful and caring craftsmanship with a respectful sense of connectedness with those not with us in the flesh.

May God's Spirit be with, and heal, all of us.

Gratefully,
June 11, 2009
Dale and Sandy and family,
Every day I think about Leon. I also think about you all. Leon was so special and Alex really cared about Leon. It is hard to believe it has been 3 years. It seems like only yesterday we heard the horrible news. Leon you will always stay with me in my heart and the hearts of those who knew you and loved you. What a special young man you were. God bless and Semper Fi Marine.
June 03, 2009
Dear Mr. And Mrs. Deraps,
This is a great site. I love to read all the things I didn't know about Deraps. Deraps was under my charge during his tour in Iraq, he was one of about 40. Usually the platoon Sergeant gets to know his Marines at a level of mission employment and the basics of their personal life. It was different with Deraps, I many of times came to his room where he hung out with Stewie, Quintero and his other friends. I susually came to see their pictures and talk to them on how they felt, and do the usual Marine B.S. session. Deraps was always so positive about everything and very poud of his family. Although we have never met in person, I was able to meet you thru him. I also got to know more about beef jerky than I really needed to know from him. He was a great Marine, man and person. I will never forget him and what his sacrifice stands for. Alot of Marines get awards for things they do which people thinks makes them heroes. Leon is the real Hero, he is one of my Heroes. He will always be remembered in my family and kept in our hearts! God bless you and your family.

SSgt Jose R. Miranda
USMC
May 25, 2009
Dale & Sandy, Suzanne & I remember Leon and all the others that gave their lives so that we could live in liberty. Love to you and your family.
May 07, 2009
Three years and one day so hard to believe. We will always remember his smile and willingness to always help. Miss him everyday. Knowing he is with the Lord and we will see him again keeps my family going. Thank you Jesus for time we had with him. Mom
May 06, 2009
Leons Family,
Today is 3 years since we have lost him, but lets not think of the bad, but lets think of all the good times we spent with him and happy thoughts he brought us. My thoughts and prayers are with you all!!
~Nicole~
May 06, 2009
To the family of Lance Cpl. Leon B. Deraps:
Leon gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org
April 09, 2009
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Sincerely,
Kenna
March 14, 2009
It's almost been 3 years since Leon's passing, thats hard to believe. I still think about Leon and you all alot. My son's daycare is doing a bulletin board of service men and women and I immediately thought of Leon. I was proud to have known him and want others to know about our "hometown" hero as well. Take care!
December 23, 2008
Dear Leon,

In your eyes, I see the grace of a young man and a compassionate soul. As a Marine, I know you are brave. But what I see is a gentle soul, someone who retained his humanity during an inhumane time, and this is what we shall miss about you. May your sacrifice give us the strength to find alternatives to war, to killing and to death. Your courage, grace and compassion are in us always.

May your memory be a comfort to your mom, dad and family. And may your memory be a blessing, always.
December 09, 2008
I did not know Leon but my heart aches for his family and loved ones. I am a new Marine mom, and this is the hardest part of my journey so far. Words can never express the ache in my heart I feel. God bless him and his family.

I am a member of the Arbor Day Foundation and this year along with my membership, I get two trees planted in honor or the two people I choose. I have chosen Leon as one. I am respectfully requesting that a family member contact me. I would like to get a mailing address to send a card.
My thoughts and prayers will be forever with him and his family. God bless!

Semper Fi,
VPMM of Nick
2nd Bn. Echo Co. Plt. 2107
Lead, Follow or get out of my way!
October 22, 2008
Sincere condolences to this DeRaps Family from the J. Edward DeRaps Family from Maine and other parts of the Great U. S. of A.
Ernie DeRaps - Family Historian
papad8@gmail.com
October 15, 2008
Leon,
You are so very missed everyday and our memories of you live on. There is not a day that goes by that we don't think of you and see that big smile upon your face. Thank you for serving our country . We lost a great nephew but gained a wonderful gardian angel for those who need him. We love you and miss you!!!!

Uncle keith, Aunt Karen and Taylor Willer
October 10, 2008
thank you, from a friend.

-fellow eagle scout
September 23, 2008
Hello Guys,

I wear his shirt twice a week to work, the shirt that Big Joe Specht
proudly supplied to me. We think about you guys all the time.
We have been able to raise some funds to help the maintainance on
his name sake road.
Sincerely yours,
Patti and Tucker OBrien
September 19, 2008
Leon,

There is not a day pass that I do not think of you and your accomplishments. Your picture is displayed with pride on your sisters desk, and your presence is felt every time a family member or friend walks through the door.

I will remember always the day you were standing at my desk in uniform, so professional and so very proud. You told me of the mission you were leaving for with such confidence and determination.

"Thanks" does not seem like enough for all the great things you have done for your country, community, family, and friends. I am honored to have met you, Lance Corporal Leon Bertrand Deraps.

Keep up the good work. You are making a great difference.

Thank You
September 09, 2008
September 02, 2008
Dale,

I saw your picture in the tribune today and made the connection. I remember meeting you a few years ago when you came out to help us with a new stove and chimney. I now remember Leon's obit and want to tell you that you have our heartfelt sympathy. But much more than that, we are proud of Leon, you and your whole family for your service and your sacrifice. Thank you.
August 12, 2008
This is for a fellow warrior, that i had the pleasure of putting into the marine corps and serving in Iraq with you are missed brother. you will live on in the hearts and minds of all your fellow marines and family and on a tribute tattoo i have on my body.

SSgt David Proitte (Leon's former recruiter)
July 04, 2008
Thinking of you today, the 4th of July, 2008, and praying for your parents, Sandy and Dale and all your fellow Marines.

I was so fortunate to meet your mother at the MarineParents.com Conference in D.C. recently. I don't need to tell you what a wonderful women, mother, and wife she is. I have not had the same pleasure in meeting your father, Dale, but I am quite certain he is as fine a gentlemen there is.

Rest in Peace.
May 30, 2008
My thoughts and prayers are still with the family of Lance Cpl. Leon B. Deraps. I always think of him too!!!! He was a good guy!
May 29, 2008
You are remembered and respected. Thank you Lance Cpl Deraps!
May 09, 2008
May peace and love be with you in all memories.
Love from Lois Douglass, Sidney, ME
(DeRaps family)
May 09, 2008
May Gods Peace be with you ALL!
The DeRaps's of Maine
May 07, 2008
Deraps family: Leon's birthday into human life, and his 05-06-06 date of entry into Eternal Life are remembered especially in Eucharsit and other prayer, as is the pain of all who suffer and ache until we all get there to celebrate Jesus' Victory over sin, pain and death.
May 06, 2008
Leon,
I miss you so much. I can hardly believe that you have been gone 2 years. You remain forever in my heart. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of you and ache because you are gone. I will never forget you brother. You are my hero and I love you forever. Your sis, Regina I miss you
May 06, 2008
Leon, Can not believe it is two years ago today we got the news. Our lives our forever changed. Just miss you ever ever minute. We love you . Thank you so much for the happiness you gave us. Love you forever mom
May 04, 2008
Has it really been two years already? It seems like just yesterday we were getting the news. I still think about your family daily and about Leon daily. I pray that you are comforted by the knowledge that Leon touched so many lives in such a positive way. Alex really enjoyed spending time with Leon in scouting adventures. Alex, Leon and Jess were the adventure guys and always had fun playing tricks on each other. Well, Leon will forever remain in our hearts. God bless, Kerri
April 29, 2008
Even though I did not Leon personally I can remember him working at the store in town. He came to work there after my son had left to serve his country as a fellow Marine. I have felt a bond to Leon since the day I found out about his death. I guess that comes from being a "Marine Mom" and knowing that there are more Mom's with sons and daugthers serving their country. I wish that I could have known him on a personal basis. From everything I have ever heard or read about your son, he seems like he was a great person. I keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers.
March 31, 2008
Leon, I miss you so much and my heart is so broken... Please keep an eye on Craig, Nick and now Jeff as they are now over in the sandbox. Watch their backs and keep them safe...I love you Leon...thank you for showing me the meaning of a true hero... thank you for the signs...I know you are safe and watching over us...I love you so much..... you will remain forever in my heart, thoughts and prayers...your sis, om
March 22, 2008
Dearest Sandy, Dale and family,
My heart and prayers are with you all. It has been years since we've talked or seen one another. During that time, in many moments, I have thanked the Lord for the Holy Spirit operating through you and your family that reached out and touched me and my family!
Sandy, my eyes have not dried since I heard from Bruce of Leon's sacrifice and your family's loss! As a mother I stand with you in the battle with grief. I love you and I thank God for His grace and mercy in your life through all of us who love you and hold you up in His loving hands!
Dale, God Bless you and continue to give you the strength and loving heart to lead your family and comfort Sandy as Him. To all the Deraps children who we came to know during our time of "recovery" for Bruce from cancer, I send you strength and love in His name!
Dale and Sandy, I just informed Daniel, who was at work, of Leon's passing and he broke down and we both cried for the loss of Leon. We know that he lives on in all the lives he touched, many of whom have expressed that in the pages of this book!
Thank you, Deraps family, for modeling family love, sharing and giving of yourselves to us and so many others and instilling in your children such values!!
You have always had a place of gratitude and love in my heart and I pray and declare the Peace that surpasses understanding in the precious name of Jesus be with you in every moment that threatens to overwhelm with sadness for He is good and his Love endureth forever in and through you all for one another and Leon!
Thank you for all you've given and all you do to be Lights in this world and the gifts you gave to each member of my family in our time of need!!
With deepest sympathy and love,
Chrys Bailey
March 21, 2008
To the Deraps family, it's been years since I've seen you all and only moments ago that I learned of Leon's passing--too sad for words, but I wanted to send love from me and my family. Leon was such a bright light and we were glad to know him for the short time we did.
Best wishes to you,
Bruce Bailey, currently in Austin, TX
(sometimes in Paonia, CO)
February 19, 2008
Prayers continue for the family, the Girl Scout Cookies are offered for sale here also for the Marines, so we shall be at Winn-Dixie and WM soon for them! frHFB
February 18, 2008
I was in Deraps' platoon in boot camp. Two years later it still pains me to come across the news of his death. He was an outstanding recruit, I wish I could have known him beyond basic training.
February 13, 2008
With everlasting respect form a former Marine 1967-1970
February 08, 2008
I stand in awe of service men and women who protect our freedoms and way of life. Freedom fighters are to be exalted and adorned with highest honors. Families of fallen heros command our greatest respect and admiration.

With everlasting respect.

Thank you Omie.
February 06, 2008
Hey Buddy, I was just thinking about you, Say a prayer for Mom, she hurts for you, I love you, Pop
January 27, 2008
Leon, I miss you. Love you, Regina
January 25, 2008
God bless your family and best of wishes. My little brother was bunk mates with your son in boot camp, Caleb always had good things to say about Deraps. Marine families must stick together.
Sincerly,
L.C. Caleb A. Bohlmeyer's Big Sister
December 28, 2007
God Bless the Deraps Family during the holidays and Happy New Year. I checked Leon into Charlie Company while working for Head Quarters Platoon C Co from Sept 2005 until we deployed in March. I was with 1st PLT an deployed to Al Asad Iraq and unfortunately did not have the opportunity to get to know him well. He will always be remembered! Semper Fidelis!!
~Cpl Hendon
7th ESB B CO 2nd PLT
December 28, 2007
God bless you and your family, Leon. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. We will never forget you.
December 17, 2007
I didn't personally know Leon, but my brother is a friend of his. Leon and his family are still and will always be in my thoughts and prayers!
December 16, 2007
Dear Deraps family -
I will always have a special place in my heart for your family. Your love and kindness are overwhelming. I lost touch for a few years and so I did not get to see Leon growing up. The memories I have of him are a little 4 or 5 year old boy running around smiling and playing. I always enjoyed seeing and playing with him when I came by your home. I imagine he is now guarding the streets of heaven for those who have gone before us and is watching down on those of us still here. Words can never take away the pain we feel of a lost loved one but I am always here if you need someone to talk to.
Your friend.
Ray
December 12, 2007
Leon,
I remember you coming into this world several months after your dad was laid up with a broken leg. I still have a fond memory of your older brothers and sisters looking out after you and dragging you around by your hand. I still remember the hand me down tennis shoes that you wore that were two sizes to big. Even though I grieve for you, I grieve most for those loved ones that grieve for you. Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice.

Gary Hart
U.S. Naval Reserves, Retired
December 03, 2007
Hey you Deraps its Ray just to stop by and tell you i miss you man there isnt a day i don't think about you. all i can say man is that i miss you really bad
November 13, 2007
Leon,
Today you would be 21 years old. You are missed so much. Someone gave mom and papa enough tickets for everyone in the family to go to a St. Louis Blues hocky game, just to be together on this day. I'm here in Nebraska and I miss you and everyone terribly. You are my hero little brother. I know you are celebrating your birthday with the Lord and so many loved ones. I love you Leon. Love always, Regina
You will never be forgotton.
November 05, 2007
Hello guys,
Pat and I were thinking of you,
and yours. We hope you are well and
taking care of each other. You are
always in our thought and prayers.
We would love to hear from you
by email. @ unctucker@verizon.net

Sincerely, Patti and Tucker OBrien
November 04, 2007
Last night, at a local fundraiser for our Mid-Missouri Salute Our Veterans' Airshow, I had the privilege of sitting at the same table with Leon's sister, Dawn, and brother-in-law, Terry. I am so grateful for the sacrifice that Leon and his entire family have made. We still have Leon's picture sitting on our mantle. It was an honor to meet Dawn and Terry. They are amazing people.
October 05, 2007
prayers satill arise for the litle boy who 'conned" me out of an autographed photo of Monica from Touched by An Angel
(Roma Downey, the actress is a neighbor of mine from N Ireland) when he was only 9 or 10. Now, he is "touching" the Angels himself and is still in touch with all who knew and loved him on earth as family, classmate, fellow Marine and Catholic Christian believer. fr. Hugh Francis B
September 24, 2007
A true American Hero! God Bless Leon and his family.
September 23, 2007
I wanted to thank you for sharing this with everyone!!! Your son was a very brave and caring individual to have support our country and give us the freedom that so many take for granted.I am very honored to have the same last name! So sorry for your loss.
Wendy DeRaps-Richardson
September 04, 2007
My deepest sympathies to the entire family. I of course did not know Leon, but am a Vietnam Veteran of the Corps. As I was scanning the numbers of killed saying prayers, The date of Leon's death caught my eye, it is my birth date. I will from now on remember Leon on that day.
Mr. Deraps as a Corps vet yourself you know we are all brothers. I know when I get to heaven I will see Leon, give a salute, and can say Well done Marine.
May the peace of God be with you all.
September 04, 2007
Just when you think there is so little hope in the world, you find a family so loving and caring that everything you thought or knew changed in an instant. I have to catch myself from getting angry, I did not grow up with a family and a community like the Deraps, I wish I had. I never knew Corporal Leon Deraps, I wish I had, but not only would I have liked to have met him but his family and friends also. My wife and I recently went to San Diego to watch our neighbors two sons Tony and Nathan graduate from MCRD August 24th, 2007. While watching the graduation a Gunnery Sergeant made a comment over the PA about the recruits, he said "Thank you parents and family members for instilling in these men the values we hold so dear, without your love and dedication in their up bringing they would not be the men they are today". I believe that. I would like to say to both Sandy and Dale, God bless you, like your son, you are amazing! My wife and I have read everything on this web site and our eyes have filled with tears so many times. God bless you and your family and friends and the wonderful people in your community. My wife and I will always say a prayer for you and Leon.
August 27, 2007
Hello Sandy,Dale,and Family

We are just thinking of you guys
and praying for you every day. We
understand what you are going through. Take care of each other,
be understanding and,please,what-
ever you do, don't hold your feelings inside,because you are
affraid to upset another family member. The open communication is
what you all need to heal from
your greif.(Crying is very theropuetic) Sandy it was great to
finally meet one of you...we had
a good conversation, hope it help
just a little. Our E-mail address
is.......unctucker@verizon.net
August 27, 2007
Dear Sandy, Dale and the whole Deraps Family,

I think of you all everyday I keep you all in daily prayers as does the whole Specht Family. Joe and I had the opportunity to be with Leon and enjoy his wonderful personality on a couple of occassions. I wear my USMC T-shirt every time I work out at the Gym and I am constantly amazed at the support of so many wonderful people who unfortunately have lost their loved ones in this war as well. I am in awe over the outpoor of love, well wishes and blessings that so many give. I love you all with my whole heart!!! I feel very blessed each day to know I have such a wonderful family and Leon will always be a part of that. I know he is watching over all of you and all of us too. Be good to each other everyday and know that you are blessed to have each other and your Specht family here in New Jersey. I love you all!

Mary
August 25, 2007
I still think of Leon and all of you quite often. I pray now for all of you and Craig and his family as he departs for Iraq. I know that Leon will be watching over him.
August 23, 2007
so sorry for your loss. He was a very brave young man to do what he did. His sacrifice is not in vain and there are many of us who support the troops still. So thank you.
August 15, 2007
There is nothing that I can say or do to take away the pain or bring you peace in your time of sorrow, but I will offer you and your family my heart felt condolences. I also offer you my prayers that in time the pain will easy and the memories of your HERO will carry you through each day and night. I want to thank your HERO, for his/her selfless act of becoming a member of the armed forces, his/her willingness to defend the United States of America, all that we hold sacred and for the sacrifice that will forever be etched in the memories of all those who knew him/her. Though tears can never bring him/her back, we hope that our tears express our gratitude for the sacrifice that he/she made and our sorrow at his/her passing. I believe for every fallen HERO there is a star shining brightly up above to remind us of the precious gift we were given.

Your mission on earth is complete and you are now a member of GOD’s Heavenly armed forces. Stand down brave warrior and take your rightful place in Heaven with all the HEROES who have passed before.

I made a special promise to LE RON A. WILSON, a dear family friend who joined the Army with three other friends, one of whom is my son (Le Ron was killed in action on 07/06/07 at the age of 18) on the day he was laid to rest as I touched his coffin, that I would never forget him nor would I forget those that gave their lives for our country before him, with him and after him and so when I came across www.legacy.com, I thought what a great way to keep my promise to Le Ron, so I will continue to leave tributes in each guest book until the day there is no longer the need to leave these tributes to a FALLEN HERO.

REST IN PEACE, HERO, YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!!

PROUD MOTHER OF A U.S. SOLDIER
Currently stationed in Germany
Althea Barrett(Queens, NY)
August 10, 2007
This is a nice site you guys have made for him even though i didnt personally know leon i felt like i did when my husband and steward would talk about him since they were deployed with him. Take care.
August 02, 2007
Hey Guys,
Just wanted to say that we were
thinking about you. If you need to
talk with Pat or myself about Leon.
We understand what your going through.

Sincerely,
Patti and Tucker O'Brien
August 02, 2007
WE THINK ABOUT LEON DAILY AND CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR YOUR FAMILY. GOD BLESS HIM.
August 02, 2007
Dale & Sandy:
I'm sitting here thinking of you and missing our sons. I never met Leon but I will. I've got a special hug for him on that day. I know that God has brought the four of us together to help each other through this life. Thanks for being there for us....Semper fi....
August 01, 2007
Thank you for your service Leon. I am thinking of you and your family and friends. Rest in Peace Angel.
July 28, 2007
I found Leon while searching for the address or phone to Cedron Church, Our daughter Rachel Imhoff (Marine) served in Iraq as well. we were happy to have her home safely. We are sorry for your loss, our older Imhoff family rest in peace at the same cemetery.We were just there last week. I have been working on the family tree. Steve & Pam Imhoff will hold you close in our hearts...
July 27, 2007
Thank you for the sacrifice made by Lance Cpl Deraps and the sacrifice made by everyone who loves and misses him! May God bless all of you!!
Aunt of a 19 year old Lance Cpl deploying soon
June 05, 2007
Dale, Sandy and Family

I just heard today for the first time about the loss of your son. My heart was heavy with saddness. While I did not know Leon I have a son who will be 20 this August and could not imagine a day without his smile. I can see by the many folks who have left expressions of sympathy that Leon is loved and missed. Your family is in my prayers.
May 28, 2007
A true hero in every sense of the word.
May 08, 2007
Leon,
It's still so hard to believe you are gone. We miss you everyday. It's hard to believe a year has gone by. Our lives were forever changed by you. Mom, Dawn, Omie, Hallie and I put a scrapbook together of your life. It is so hard to look through but throughout the whole book there you are so full of life and always with a smile! We love you Leon and miss you so much. Thank you for all the beautiful memories, they will never be forgotten. Our lives were forever changed by your love and sacrifice. Regina
May 06, 2007
Leon's Family, It's hard to believe a year has passed. I hope you know you're still in our thoughts. I often find myself wondering how you're doing as the days go by, that comforting memories are warming your heart and easing the sadness. I hope that just knowing others haven't forgotten you helps bring comfort too, because so many caring thoughts are still with you everyday. I hope these thoughts reach your heart as often as they are sent your way and they help to bring you peace.
Joy & Roger Nordlander
David's parents
May 06, 2007
Dale and Sandy and family,
Well, it has been a year now and so hard to believe that Leon is gone. I still have a hard time believing it. Leon will always hold a special place in our hearts. We will forever see him as the Eagle Scout that always helped the younger scouts work towards that ultimate scouting goal. Alex talks about Leon sometimes and the things him and Leon and Jess did at scout camps and jamborees and stuff. After all, you never forget a "brother" in the scouting world. Always remember that our thoughts and prayers are with you and Leon will always be remembered in our hearts. What a brave young man Leon was. He will always be remembered as a hero to all who knew him. God bless, Kerri Jenkins
May 05, 2007
Please know how Deeply Sorry I was to learn of the loss of Lance Cpl. Leon B. Deraps, one year ago.
The price this Brave Young Marine and his family have paid for this country and for freedom, Will Never Be Forgotten.

May Leon rest safely in the Loving Care of God and know that he is a True American Hero that will Never Be Forgotten.
May the Grace and Comfort of the Lord continue to be with the Deraps family.
There will Never be Enough Ways to Humbly Thank these Young Heroes for their Sacrifices, my 19 year old brother among them. Killed in action in Vietnam many years ago.

"Cast thy burden upon the Lord,
and He shall sustain thee."
~ Psalm 55:22 ~

May the Peace of God and your precious memories of Leon,
remain in your heart always.
May this give you comfort and strength through the difficult days. Hope is not only the light we carry within...
It is also what often carries us through...

You are in my thoughts and prayers.
May 05, 2007
Birthdays at my age aren't that joyful anyway, but now there is a real sadness for me because you left us on my birthday. My family thinks of you all the time, but from this birthday forward, we will have a moment of silence in remembrance of you. We miss you and can't wait to see you again someday.
April 22, 2007
Well a year is fast approching and I think about the day I got the call. I have your pictures hanging up at work. I think about you almost everyday and what an awesome friend you were! I do miss you, but I know that you are above watching over us all. I think about our senior trip and you fishing and hanging out on the beach, what a blast! We miss you!
April 19, 2007
To my friends the Deraps:
It was God's loving hands that brought our families together. For that I'm grateful. Jesus said that greater love has no man but that he lay down his life for his friends. Leon and Rex did just that. We know your loss but we also know your victory in Jesus. Be proud....Semper fi....oorah!
April 18, 2007
To the Deraps family -
A year is approaching and we wanted to let you know that we are thinking of you each and every day. Leon - thank you again for your sacrifices. You have touched so many lives in so many ways. May God bless you and your family. Our love and prayers...
Jeremy, Alisha and Garrett Burger
April 17, 2007
Deraps family,
It has almost been a year since Leon was called to heaven. I think about him and your family often. It's still hard to believe he is gone but I know he remains in everyone's hearts forever. Remember the good times and think about when you get to see him again. I know he is watching over you all.
Jenny (Messerli) Cain
Springfield, MO
April 11, 2007
Leon, my beloved brother....I miss you so much...the days are flying by and I still cannot believe that you have been gone for almost a year. I remember the last time I saw you and smiled at you and hugged you and you said to me "don't cry for me om"... I am sorry I let you down...I am just so sad....sad not to have you in our lives anymore. You left a void that cannot be filled. I love you so much Leon...my heart aches....I promise to remember you always.....love you brother...om
March 24, 2007
Sandy and Dale,
We think about you every day,and you are in our prays. We know that Leon is in heaven. Hopefully hanging out with our Shaun.
Hang in there guys
Sincerely
March 23, 2007
Sandy:
I viewed this website with tears flowing. We've met the mom of one of America's finest when we met you. It's easy to see why Leon was so special. His mom is. Be proud,mom, your son was a true warrior of the finest calibur. Thanks for being at our side when our Marine when home to Christ. We love you and cherish your friendship. We will see our Marines again and this time there will be no separation for all eternity. God Bless and Semper Fidelis.....oorah!!
Larry, Edie and James Page
March 20, 2007
Miss you every every day! Love you so much see you in Heaven! Know you made a difference in this world. Love Love you MOM
March 15, 2007
I miss you every day, Buddy, Ask the Lord to send your Mom some peace, I'm so proud of you and you know I love you, Poppa
March 14, 2007
God Bless You Leon,
You have gaven your life to keep america safe and I am going to Honor you right now, You will NEVER be forgotten. You only got to live 19 years but it was 19 wonderful years that your mother will never forget. Now all she has is memories and I pray for her that the lord will continue keeping her strong since you are gone now. Idid not get to meet you but, I believe that we would have been friends if we would have got to meet but that was not to be, But i can look foward to meeting you with my lord in heaven and thats really cool! How about that! Can't wait! Until then you Rest In Peace Buddy!
"YOU MADE A DIFFERENCE"
Semper Fi!
March 13, 2007
God be with your family. Your Marine is shining in Heaven watching over his fellow Marines. My son left yesterday for Iraq from North Carolina.
February 25, 2007
Time has passed but the memories still linger of our lost loved one who paid the ultimate price for our country. I deeply appreciate his service to our country and can't put into words how proud I feel. He will NEVER be forgotten and will always be with us in sprit and thoughs.
February 24, 2007
My deepest sympathy to Sandy Deraps on the loss of Lance Cpl. Leon B. Deraps. I appreciate all of his contributions to our country and may there be a special place for him in heaven. He gave his 'all' so young. He has joined the ranks of heroes and I love him for that. He is America's son, and I am an American. That makes him partly my loss too. I will never forget.
February 12, 2007
Leon
I miss you.
January 27, 2007
I wanted to leave a note even though I didnt personally know your son. My husband is also a Marine and he deploys tomorrow. My heart goes out to everyone who loses a Marine. I try to frequent this site to find Marines from back home who have lost their lives and let their families know that not only are they affected but the whole Marine Corps and the world is now that they will not be able to see the great man your Marine was and would continue to be. My heart is with you in this tuff time. From everyone here at Camp Lejeune, God Bless you and stay strong. SEMPER FI
January 21, 2007
Dearest Son,
Just wanted you to know a minute doesn't go by when I don't think about you and cry. You were my life I rejoiced in every minute of your day. I got to go to my first boy scout meeting I had fun. Went to baseball games out behind the school wow I missed alot with the other kids. I was always so worried about your older brothers & sisters that life was so hard & money was little.That you came when they were grown and I got to enjoy all the things you did. I finally had fun raising a child. I was so happy and enjoying school functions and games and just to see your face lite up was my life. I am now struggling to understand what the rest of my life is about. You truly were my life my reason to live. God bless you & thankyou so much for the 19years of purpose & happiness. I will always miss you every minute. I Love you mom
January 16, 2007
“Paid in Full”
To Honor The Service of Fallen and Injured Marines


Marines through and through, they paid the price
Six thousand miles away, we live the life
For which they paid with their blood, spirits and bodies
We will never forget what they paid in full

We hope and we pray that somehow their loved ones find comfort
In God, in the flag, in the memory of their loved ones’ bravery
They’re gone now but we see them still…proud, strong, willing
Covering each other’s backs… courageous, moving forward

What kind of love did they have for us to be willing
To give it all for the Black, White, Jew, Christian, Muslim?
We don’t comprehend but we honor you now and forever
You are Our Marines…some living…some not
Forever in our hearts we will cherish your lives

Lives too short yet immortal they’ll be
Highest brotherhood of the Few, the Proud
They stand at attention, and we gaze with awe
Some know their names not, but our admiration for them
Flows limitless within us, between us

They sacrificed their limbs or their lives
Freedom still rings, a soft sound across the miles
It tolls slowly; all of creation takes note
Of the lives that were lost for people unknown

Out of sight but not lost; forever among us
The starched blues marching straight
Toward the place where we will meet them
Many years from now…how we loved them…
Well done beloved Brothers and Sisters…You’ve paid it in full
Always Faithful Marines, You Have Paid it in Full
January 03, 2007
“Greater love hath no man than this,
that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
John 15:13

My heart breaks for you in the loss of your child. You have my deepest sympathies and you have my prayers. May you find comfort in your beautiful memories and may you find peace in your new normal without him. God bless you.

My family and I are thankful for your son’s Bravery, Courage, Determination and Service to fight for our country and for our freedom. Your son paid the ultimate sacrifice and we are truly indebt to him. We thank all in our armed forces for the sacrifices made for us. All gave some and some gave all. Your son will not be forgotten, I promise.

Semper Fi – I love my Marines and my Marine families.

Proud Parent of a USMC American Hero -
LCpl. Michael D. Scholl – KIA 11-14-06 – Al Anbar Province, Iraq
Thank you God for blessing us and sharing Michael with us - I know
Michael is in your loving care while we are temporarily away from him.
January 02, 2007
Leon, I didn't know you as well as I knew your brothers and sisters, yet I feel so much pain from your loss. I know your friends miss you grately and I wish it could have been different, but your home now and in time your family will beable to be with you again. I wish there was away for you to see how many lives you touched in the short time you were here.
December 29, 2006
To the family of:Cpl Leon B. Deraps I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga
December 24, 2006
Leon, it's been a year since I last saw you. This has been a very hard Christmas. I miss you so much. Everything reminds me of you. When I walk up the stairs at mom's, I remember the step you sat on when we took family pictures. I remember your uniform hanging on the back of your door in your room. I remember you so graciously giving us your room to stay in, again. I remember how big you had gotten from working out and how hansome you looked. I remember you giving me that USMC t-shirt. It ment so much to me, that you thought of me when you were buying them. I remember how young, innocent, and naive you looked, leaving to go to war. And how out of place it was that you were really going. You were so brave. You knew there was risk and yet you were willing to sign up and join the Marines anyway. You are my hero Leon. It has broken our hearts to have you not with us anymore. We all trusted you would come home. But now you are truelly home. And in our loving Jesus's arms. You are where we all long to go someday. I love you brother. I just long to see you again, to hear your voice, to see your smile and hear your laugh. I know I will someday when we are reunited in Heaven. A lifetime on earth is like a second to God. And we are never promised tomorrow. So each day I will try to live my life to glorify God. I love you Leon, tell my friend Sharon Cross hello. I miss her and can hardly believe she is really gone. You will never be forgotten, my little brother. I love you, Regina
December 07, 2006
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We also lost a Marine LCPL Darin Settle. Our family has been hit with a wave of deathes ever since including my mom(age 45). Holidays are going to be the worst and no matter what people say you will always have a empty spot there for your son. Keep your head up and remind his neices and nephews of him daily. Just know he is with God and he is patroling the streets of Heaven along side Darin.

LCPL Darin T. Settle
KIA: Apr. 14, 2006
Darin's sis-n-a-half
Amanda Sue
November 30, 2006
To the Parents and Family of Leon Deraps.
Im very sorry for what had happened to a very loved young man. I never met him but through what i have gone through with all my friends telling me what they did with Leon i feel like ive met him. I have been with my friends ever since they found out he had died. Im by their side to make sure everything is ok. Im so happy i met and got to know you all. You guys are the best people and are so loving. I pray for you guys everyday that everything goes well. I love you guys!!
November 13, 2006
Leon,
Today is your birthday. You would have been 20 years old today. Happy Birthday brother. We love and miss you so much! We sent up 3 balloons (red, white and blue) with a card to you. Mom and the rest of the family sent up 20 balloons in Missouri. We celebrate this day, the day that the Lord blessed us with you. You are so missed. We thank God that you came into the world 20 years ago! Brother you will never be forgotten. Love your sis, Regina
October 21, 2006
Because of HERO'S like you we have the freedom's that we do. I know that "God" sent you for a mission on earth and you completed it. You have affected lives all over this county. I am so very proud of you and my heart goes out to your family. Will never forget your sacrifice.
October 20, 2006
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
October 17, 2006
Leon I miss you more and more each day. There isn't a day that goes by without thinking of you. So many things remind me of you and so often a tear falls. I know we will meet again in Heaven but while still on Earth my heart aches for you. I love you little brother and I will never forget you. Thank you for being so brave and thank you for all the wonderful memories. I miss you. My life will never be the same because of you. I love you.
William keeps saying he wants to take a rocket to come see you!! He misses you and mentions you often. Thats because mommy misses you and mentions you often. I Love you brother, your sis.
September 19, 2006
Many people have sons and brothers, but few have a hero for a son or brother. Since love has no place to go to die, it never does. As you look forward to a reunion across The Jordan, I look forward to meeting him for the first time.
September 03, 2006
We will be forever proud of Leon's accomplishments and remember his courage and strength while on this earth fighting for what he believed in.
We know his handsome face will forever shine down on us from heaven holding our hearts and giving us strength to see the good in all people and expierences.
June 06, 2006
Dear Sandy and Dale,
I am so sorry for your loss. he was a great kid. I loved him you all did a great job raising him.
I still have such good memories of Leon and craig painting his room blue it brings atear to my eye. I sure worry about craig going but I am proud of him. well god bless all of you and please keep craig and josh in your prayers as we will keep all of you in ours.
May 29, 2006
No words can express,

I will honor Him and his family as long as I am alive and respecting my freedom he gave his life for.
May 24, 2006
To Entire Deraps Family,
I think I speak for everyone when I say we will deeply miss Leon he was one of the best friends you could evevr wish for. He was more than a classmate,Soldier,or even a roll model he was a great friend. Dale and Sandy you raised wonderful children you should be very proud. you are the most sincear and loving family i have ever met. with much love Josh Plaster C/O 2005
May 24, 2006
To Entire Deraps Family,
I think I speak for everyone when we say we will deeply miss Leon he was one of the best friends you could evevr wish for. He was more than a classmate,Soldier,or even a roll model he was a great friend. Dale and Sandy you raised wonderful children you should be very proud. you are the most sincear and loving family i have ever met. with much love Josh Plaster C/O 2005
May 24, 2006
words couldnt express what leon means to me i really miss him but he is in a better place and i thank god every day that i even knew him
May 24, 2006
i really miss leon he was the best person i ever knew not many people in the world like him every tear that has fallen from my facehas been a memery never forgotten with leon i love you leon and miss you so much
May 24, 2006
To the family of LCPL Leon Deraps,
I don't know your family or Leon but I am very sorry for your loss. I just lost my grandson on 4-14-06, LCPL Darin Settle of Henley, Mo.I know no words can ease the pain but I want you to know that I am praying for you and your family.Leon, thank you for your service in protecting our country.God Bless and comfort you all in this time of grief.
Anna Watts,Henley, Mo.
May 23, 2006
I AM THE BROTHER IN LAW OF judy obrien and i would like to express my condolenses for the loss of your son. he will allways be a hero to me and my family, for the freedom he and all the rest of the heros have given us to live in this great country. i have a picture of your son above my desk which will stay there the rest of my life to remind me of his sacrifice. i will not assume to know what you are going through but know you and your family are in our prayers everyday. love jack obrien and family
May 23, 2006
Hello Deraps Family,

We are from Judy O'Brien's Family,and though we only meet Leon one time. We feel the pride and love through our Judy OB and Big Joe Specht.What an incredible young man. "GOD BLESS YOU ALL"

Sincerely,
Patricia,Rory,and Tucker O'Brien
May 23, 2006
Deraps! Ill never forget that night bud, "not on my time" hahah, Im home now, 30 days con leave, but im sure you already know, they say ill be healthy in no time, so just save me "a scoop" Love you bud. David. "CPL LANG"
May 22, 2006
I would like to say "Thank You' to Leon for defending the freedoms that all of us back home take for granted everyday.Without brave young men like him, we would not be free today. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers !
May 21, 2006
me and deraps was best friend in mos school and it was a tradgey to hear i loved that kid im sorry
May 21, 2006
Dear Dale and Sandy,

Joe and I have been heartbroken for you all. Leon was a beautiful young man. We felt very lucky to have known him. He was one of most pleasant young men I've ever had at my house. And he just fit right in with Joseph and Jeremy. God be with you and your family and know that we all love you very much. Leon is just in the next room, smile when you think of him and one day we will all be together again. Love to you all.
May 21, 2006
Know that I am praying for all the family and friends of Leon. Leon was like a brother to me and I will always hold memories of him close to my heart. Love and miss you Leon! God Bless.
May 21, 2006
My nephew knew Leon. He is still in Iraq. My prayers are with your family. I know you were very proud of him as I am of my nephew, Josh.
May 21, 2006
To Leon's family,
I met Leon a couple of times. He was a friend of my daughter, Kelly. I remember him as a handsome, friendly, polite, and caring young man. His smile was contagious and by all accounts he was a remarkable human being. Kudos to you for raising such a wonderful son. I was so saddened to hear of your loss, I cannot begin to imagine how you feel. Please accept my heartfelt condolences.
May 20, 2006
Dear Deraps family, you are in my thoughts and prayers. My memories of Leon are of a small boy trying to keep up with his older siblings (what a cutie) I did not know Leon well. I went to school with Omie, Cedar, and Regina. Regina was a great friend to me, and I miss her. I have fond memories of your family. I will keep you in my prayers.
With Love, Alicia, Matt, Madison, & Alec Rodick
May 19, 2006
My heart aches for your entire family. Please know that many prayers for peace are surrounding all of you. I remember Leon as a 10-12 yr old with a kind, boyish face. I am thankful to have had the opportunity to know such a wonderful young man. May God give you comfort and strength.
May 19, 2006
There is no way to deeply express our sympathy and gratitude for Leon's service to his country and his ultimate sacrifice. May we never forget those who ensure our freedom and always wave the American Flag proudly and always!! God bless to the Deraps family!!
May 18, 2006
I feel that I too have lost a brother. The best memories of my chlidhood are of times spent on the farm with you all. You are in my prayers. I wish that I could be there to honor Leon.
May 18, 2006
To the Deraps Family I don't know any of you, but my heart goes out to you all. You are all in my prayers. I can't believe how sad it makes me feel. But it does make me happy to know that Leon and others are doing what they can do for our Country. God Bless them all. There was a song a long time ago "ONLY THE GOOD DIE YOUNG". Again, You are in my prayers.
May 18, 2006
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We are proud of our military and all who serve in it. From what we hear, Leon was a young man to be proud of.
May 18, 2006
To the Deraps family; From the entire Marine Corps family I would like to extend our deepest sympathy. May Leon rest in God's loving arms forever. We thank him for serving our great country & allowing us to breathe freely. May the good Lord be with his family & friends as they will think of him often. Semper Fidelis - "Always Faithful"
May 18, 2006
The Deraps Family-
I have struggled with the death of Leon, while I never met him, I have cringed everytime I heard about another fallen solider. Every life lost is a tragedy but not in vain. Leon gave his life to defend the freedoms we all take for garnted. Upon hearing of his death I was shocked, I am not from the area but have lived here for a year now and just the outpooring of support overwhelmed me.
Standing on Oak Street as the procession made its way through California the number of people waiting to honor their friend was amazing to me. As I drove to Jamestown before the services on Tuesday I was once again amazed at the amount of support.
I know simple words will not ease the pain the family feels now and I am sure they understand that Leon made the ultimate sacrifice, as Dale was also a Marnie so I wish to tell you this. your sons sacrifice has done more than affect a community and help to preserve the freedoms we take for granted it has touched me so deeply knowing that Leon knew the reason he was on earth and he let God lead him down that path that led him to spread his wings and now prtoect us in heaven. Thank you for your service, dedication and sacrifice Lance Corporal Leon Deraps, deep in my heart will forever lay a place for you, rest in peace. Semper Fi
May 17, 2006
As parents of a soldier who recently returned from Iraq, our thoughts and prayers are with you. May Leon's service to this country always be remembered and may your memories of Leon's life give you comfort. With heartfelt sympathy, Max and Kaye Safley
May 17, 2006
Dear Deraps Family,my thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless
May 17, 2006
I know no words can comfort you, but know that the world is better because of this man. I didn't know him, but I did have the opportunity to meet Cedar and Regina several years ago, it was only once, but they left a lasting impression. I am truely sorry for your loss.
May 17, 2006
We are sorry for your loss! You will be in our thoughts and prayers!
May 17, 2006
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
May 17, 2006
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
May 17, 2006
We are very sorry for your loss! The Deraps family will be in our thoughts and prayers!
May 17, 2006
To the family of LCPL Leon Deraps:

I just want to let your family know that you are not alone in losing a family member and you are in the thoughts and prayres of everyone. It's just been over a month since my brother, LCPL Darin T. Settle, was killed in Iraq and it's very hard to deal with. You just have to know that people love you and that everyone is praying for you. It is hard losing a loved one, especially like this. It is one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life. He was my big brother and I looked up to him for everything and I miss him very much and more everyday.I wish I could go back to the last time he was home and say so many things to him that I didn't say and do all the things I wanted to do with him. That is one of the hardest things for me to deal with is that I took advantage of him coming home in September and I wish I wouldn't have now. Cherish all the time spent with him and your memories. I wish there was something I could say or do to ease the pain, but in all reality nothing anyone says or does will help, so I just want to let your family know that me and my family wish we could do something for you and help out. Just remember that he is always with you and watching over you and that heaven is the safest place ever with our Fallen Marines guarding the streets, just like they say in the Marine Corps Hym. You will never lose the memories that you have of him and keep them close in your heart. I am very, deeply sorry for the loss of your son and know that your family aren't the only ones that lost someone, maybe that will help. And to LCPL Leon Deraps, you are a true American Hero and thank you for what you did and making the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom, you will be forever remembered and always missed!!

LCPL Darin T. Settle
KIA: April 14, 2006
May 16, 2006
A special thank you to your son for the bravery within him and for standing up for our country. To the family my prayers our with you in your time of need. He was an angel on earth and now he spreads his wings in heavan.
May 16, 2006
Good Troop! He is with Jesus! Our Love and Sympathy and Christ's Peace for the Family
Mr. & Mrs. Greg Nosovitch
May 16, 2006
To the Family of Leon Deraps,

Our hearts ache for you and we weep with sorrow at your loss. We didn't know Leon personally but watched him play many ball games against the Prairie Home team. We want you to know that we are grateful to your son for his bravery and sacrifice so that we may continue to live freely. Your family is in our prayers ~ May God bless you and comfort you in this time of great sorrow.
May 16, 2006
Dear Deraps family,
Words cannot express the sorrow that we feel for you at this time. Leon was a great person inside and out. We pray that God is comforting you and that he will watch over Leon as he begins his next journey to heaven.
Jenny Messerli and Lance Cain
May 16, 2006
My heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the family, relatives, and friends. May God give you the peace that passes all understanding.
May 16, 2006
To the Deraps family,

Words cannot express how we feel, but we want to express our sympathy to your family.

We waited so patiently for Leon to come home on Monday night in California. What a sight as people lined the streets with flags and flashlights, then to see the entourage coming up the street, our hearts just went out to your family. God Bless You All.

We did not know Leon, but we are church members with Dawn, Terry and family.

But for the Grace of God, we could have been in your place during Desert Storm, as our son was there.

What a wonderful tribute to a young man who gave his life to keep the rest of us free.

Thank you Leon and your family for this sacrifice. God Bless
May 16, 2006
We never had the honor of meeting your son, still we mourn your loss. Our son is also currently a Marine in Ramadi. We greive the loss of another of our brave marine sons--a hero. We pray that our loving God wraps his arms around you and comforts you in the time of saddness. Another hero now guards the gates of heaven--rest in peace Marine..

Ed & Lisa Wilder
Proud parents of Lcpl Jason 3/8 Lima Co
May 16, 2006
Dale, Sandy, and family,
I'm sorry we never had the opportunity to meet Leon. He is a very outstanding young man. We pray that God will give you His peace and grace in this time of sorrow. Some day in heaven we will get to meet this wonderful young man. God Bless.
Harold and Sharon Young
(Fayette, MO)
May 16, 2006
To the Family of Leon,
We are deeply saddened by the loss of Leon. Words cannot even begin to express how heavy our hearts are for you. I had the honor of growing up with Cedar and Regina and looking up to Dawn and Omie. I see every one of you when I look at Leon's picture. What an amazing young man. We will never forget him and the sacrifice he made for our country...for us. May God bring you peace and comfort during this trying time. You are in our thoughts and prayers always.
We love you,
Adam, Kristen and Alex Barnes
May 16, 2006
To the Deraps family: We did not know Leon personally... however he must have been quite a son, brother, uncle and hero. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of great loss. God bless all of you.
~Melissa, Jeff and Morgan
May 16, 2006
I'm so very sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless you in this time of grief. And, God bless Leon for the ultimate sacrifice he gave for his country.
May 16, 2006
Dear Deraps Family:

I don't know anyone in your family, but I felt the need to let you know how proud America is of our service men & women.

There is not a person alive today who doesn't owe our military men & women our lives. Without them none of us would be able to live the life we live today.

Through the other messages within this guest book I have come to realize that you had a wonderful son. I too am the mother of sons & I can understand the pain in your heart today. God had greater plans for your son and I feel he will always keep a watchful eye on his family. I would like to refer you to the song remember there are holes in the floor of Heaven & your wonderful baby boy grown to a man will always be watching over you.

We will keep you in our hearts and prayers. Thank you so much Corporal Leon Deraps for serving your country and laying down your life so others may be free.
May 16, 2006
We are sorry for the loss of your son. We know that God will give you and your family inner strength to accept His Will. No one knows the amount of your sorrow in your hearts at this time.

We thank you for your son and his bravery.
May 16, 2006
To The Deraps Family,,We are so Sorry for your loss,we also lost a Son,you never stop missing him but you know hes in a better place now,
May God Bless You & be with all of you in your Time of Your Sorrow,
God Bless,
May 15, 2006
Our family is grateful for your son's commitment to defending America.
God Bless you all,
Deepest Sympathy,
Lisa & Nicholas Gicking
May 15, 2006
FROM ONE MARINE, TO THE FAMILY OF ANOTHER. WE MARINES ARE A CLOSE KNIT FAMILY AND WHEN ONE OF OURS DIES, WE ALL ARE DEVASTATED. WHEN LEON GAVE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE SO THAT ALL OF US WHO LIVE IN THIS WONDERFUL COUNTRY CAN BE FREE, WE ALL LOST A BROTHER. KNOW THAT ALL MARINES ACROSS THE WORLD ARE GRIEVING WITH YOU NOW. MY GRANDSON, ALEX JENKINS, WAS IN TROOP 120 WITH LEON, AND BOTH WERE EAGLE SCOUTS TOGETHER. HE SAID, LEON WAS ONE OF THE FINEST GUYS HE HAD EVER MET.

YOU ARE IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. MAY GOD KEEP YOU AND GIVE YOU COMFORT DURING YOUR TIME OF LOSS.

SEMPER FI.
May 15, 2006
Sandy, Dale and Family:
There are no words to express our sorrow for the loss of your beautiful, brave boy. I have such vivid memories of Leon as a ten-year old playing in the Ocean with a boogie board all day when you came to visit us in Normandy Beach all those years ago. You are a wonderful, loving family and this will be your salvation in the days and weeks to come.
Judy and I and our extended families will be thinking of you and praying for you. We love you. With Synpathy, Jim O'Brien
May 15, 2006
To the Family of Corporal Deraps:
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow. Being the sister of a Marine that served during Desert Storm, I can understand what you have felt during his time in Iraq. My brother returned home from his time overseas and finish out his time with the Marines. He is now a proud member of the Marine Corps League that will be escorting Leon back. Leon was very brave to serve his country.
May 15, 2006
I did not have the pleasure of meeting Leon but I know Omie and I would like to express my deepest sympathies to you and your family. I really appreciate Leon for the sacrifice that he made for our freedom. He will never be forgotten for that. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you and your family.
May 15, 2006
As a mother of an Airman and an aunt of a Marine we live with the fear that one day we will be told that our loved one isn't coming home. But we are proud of what they believe in and proud that they want to serve this nation. And it is because of people like him that we are free to do the things we do. I never had the privilege of knowing Leon, but have only heard good things about him and what a great man he was. And he is a great man to serve his country and give his life for it.
My heart goes out to you and your family. May God bless you and keep you close.
May 15, 2006
I have Lost a child at the age of 6 she was my life and joy. I know your loss and cry with you today, your son is and always will be a U.S. Marine and will be be in our memories as long as we all live. my heart goes out to you and hope that his memory never be tarnished with the silliness of the living. He goes home to a peacful place away from all that man has created and fought for . We fight for what we belive will bring us happiness and all the time we have it next to each other as a family, as a family we have everything we could ever want from life, embrace it for it can be long or short but embrace the moment as tommorow my never come but today is here now for you all to live and enjoy and remember
May 15, 2006
I cried when I read about your son. My brother was killed in Iraq in January. Praying for you.
May 15, 2006
Although we were never formally introduced, living in a community like Jamestown it seems that we all know each other - without introductions. Our nephew, Josh Ennis, was a friend and classmate of Leon's, therefore we had the opportunity to see Leon at sporting events. You couldn't help but notice the boy with the big smile! His teammates would cheer him on - often times referring to him as "Bert". My husband, Steve, had the pleasure of producing the Jamestown Class of 2005 Senior Memories Video, which included Leon. Just from his photos, it was evident what a pleasant person he must be. We know that he was admired by so many and cannot express the amount of respect that we have for this fine young man. Jamestown was lucky to have him and now so is heaven. He will forever remain in our hearts. We hope the family knows how very sorry we are for their loss but at the same time take comfort in knowing how much his sacrifice means to everyone. He truly is our hometown hero. God Bless Leon and his family.
May 15, 2006
Our prayer is for the good Lord to embrace all that are affected at this sorrowful time, to comfort them, especially family, and work it for the good of all.
Thank you Leon for touching so many lives.
Klaus,Cheryl Heislitz,& Trent Crawford
May 15, 2006
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this great time of loss. Leon was a remarkable young man and will be greatly missed.
May 15, 2006
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man."

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998-2006
http://www.ruthann1.com

May 15, 2006
To the Deraps family-
My deepest sympathy on the loss of your son and brother. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time.
Sister of SPC James F. Costello, St. Louis, MO
KIA 4/11/06 Taji, Iraq
May 15, 2006
To The Family of Corporal Leon Deraps -

"Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down his life for another." - John 15:13

Thank you for giving all of us in this great nation the ultimate sacrifice that a family can make in order to preserve our precious freedom! Know that your pain is shared by many families across this country. Corporal Leon Deraps gave "the last full measure..." as Lincoln put it in the Gettysburg Address. We are proud of him!

From another Eagle Scout mother of Troop 120.
May 15, 2006
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort. Thank you Leon, you truly are a hero!
May 15, 2006
My condolences to the Deraps family.
Leon may you rest in peace. Thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom. You have earned your golden halo and wings. May you continue to soar in the heavenly clouds up above.
May 15, 2006
As a mother of two young sailors serving the Navy your grief is felt in my heart. Your son paid the ultimate price for our freedom. It will never be forgotten.
May 15, 2006
Dear Deraps Family, thank you for raising such a fine young man. Words are cheap at times like these. So, from a Dad of two Marines, thank you for his, and your sacrifice. While we mourn his passing, let's also celebrate his life. I think I'd like to have know him.
May 15, 2006
Dear Sandy, Dale and family,
My words cannot express the deep sorrow we feel for the loss of Leon. He was a great role model for young people who knew him. His life truly reflected the beliefs he had in God and country. He will be missed.
May 15, 2006
We did not know your son, but as members of the Marine family we feel your pain. Thank you for your sacrifice. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
May 15, 2006
Deraps Family:

No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. Our deepest condolences are with you as you grieve. God Bless you and your family.
May 14, 2006
To the Deraps Family:
I didn't know your son, but wanted to express my sympathies on the loss of such a fine young man. As the daughter of a WWII veteran, I've always admired those who serve in our armed forces. Thank you Lance Corporal Deraps for serving your country with the ultimate sacrifice. Your family are in my thought and prayers.

In sympathy,
Sheila
May 14, 2006
Greater love hath no man than to lay down his life for a friend. John 15:13
Leon was a friend to all that knew him, he was my best friend and words cannot express the sorrow that everyone feels. I loved Leon like a brother, his smile will live on in our hearts forever. From the baseball field to the classroom, Leon was my friend, he was a true American Hero and he will never be forgotten. To Dale, Sandy, and the rest of the family, you're all in my thoughts and prayers. Leon thank you for defending my freedom, Love ya Bert see ya soon!
May 14, 2006
We are so sorry for your loss.
May his precious memory grace you with peace.
May 14, 2006
To the Deraps family:Your son was a selfless man to give his life for our freedoms.His life is much appreciated by me and my family. Your son and your family will be in my prayers.The Lord is with you during this painful time. He holds you and Leon in his hands now.God Bless You!
May 14, 2006
Dear Friends and Family of Leon B. Deraps,
I had the honor of going to basic training with Leon, we were in the same platoon there, he always gave it his all and did his best while being there. The day we all earned the title Sept. 9, 2005 is a day we'll all remember.. we went our seperate ways that day, but I never forgot a single person that I was with in 1103. Im stationed at the marine barracks in Washington, D.C. and with that we have a duty in which we pick the fallen up from iraq. I found out he had passed on Wednesday May 10, when I carried his flag drapped coffin back onto American soil, I thought to myself of how much an honor it was for me to do this, especially because I had known Leon. He is and will always be greatly missed..
Lance Corporal Orcutt USMC
Semper Fi!
May 14, 2006
Many people are keeping your family in their thoughts and prayers as you gave the "ultimate" sacrifice so that all of us can continue to enjoy our freedom. Your son is a hero and will continue to serve in God's army and will be watching over all of us. Thank you, Leon and God Bless each of you.
May 14, 2006
We have no words sufficient to express our feelings of sadness and sympathy - only that we are thinking of your family and want you to know we are available to help in any way we can.

Peggy Ann Eichen & Gary Burch
& Sage EichenBurch
May 14, 2006
I reamber when Leon was a little boy. Omie would come and get me and take me to the Jamestown pool with her and Leon. He was so cute and still was. Love a prayers for all of you.
Cory,Kelley,Emma and Tucker Gerling Cliburn!!!! Love you Omie
May 14, 2006
To the family of LCpl Deraps,
While I can not begin to understand the emotions you are going thru, my son trained and served with your son. He is very sorry for your loss as am I. Please accept my heartfelt condolences for your loss. In this time of sorrow, may it comfort you to know that others care. May God’s blessings shine upon you and hold you close in your time of sorrow.
Kristy Hutcheson
Battle Creek, Michigan
Marine Mom of Pfc Tyler Hutcheson,
Currently deployed
May 14, 2006
Your son is with God now. God Bless you at this time and may He bring peace to you knowing that he served his country well.
Blessings,
Molly
May 14, 2006
To the Deraps Family,
I may have not known Leon but as a Soldier myself who has been to Iraq and is headed back I consider all who serve to be a brother of mine. My family and I send our deepest sympathies to yours and want you to know that Leon's sacrifice will never be forgotten.
May 14, 2006
To an American Hero, and his family, Thank you Leon for your service in the United States Marines, Your Service for our country is so much appreciated. Thank you for protecting me and my family, What a wonderful man you are. My Son served in the Army, Retired now. Was in Iraq, He served in Desert Storm.. I was so proud of him also. Again Thank you for the service of our Courtry. The tribute was wonderful. We will be thinking of your family in their time of need. Love and Prayers,
May 14, 2006
To the Family & Friends of Corporal Deraps: May you be blessed with Peace & Comfort at this time of great loss.I thank you for his service to our nation.Bless our young men & women that serve our country.B. Jaegers
May 14, 2006
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man."

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998-2006
http://www.ruthann1.com

May 14, 2006
My heart aches for you, the family of your beloved Leon. You are in my prayers, God will give you peace and his angels will minister to you.
God bless,
Nan Lowery
May 14, 2006
May God grant him a special place by his side. Thank you for him and for all he gave.
May 14, 2006
Being an army brat and marrying a soilder made me aware of the things that could happen, and so, as a daughter and a wife i was constantly worried and then to have my best friend tell me he was going to iraq? i was scared, the last night before leon left for pendleton, we had so much fun together, just standing in the rain. Sandy and Dale have always been so sweet to me and i am so sorry for what has happened. Things happen for a reason, God will take care of everything. its in his plan. Love always, Nikki
May 13, 2006
We enjoyed seeing Leon when he worked at Thriftway. Such a polite young man. May God give you peace, and may your many memories comfort you. Thank you, Leon, for serving and protecting our country.
May 13, 2006
It was truly an honor to know Leon. There are so many memories with working with him at Cal's Thriftway in California. He always had a smile on his face and was always there to help you out no matter what the problem. He was a great friend and he will be missed deeply but never forgotten. My prays and thoughts are with the family.
May 13, 2006
DEAR FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF ANOTHER AMERICAN HERO. I FEEL SOME OF YOUR PAIN AS MY FAMILY JUST LOST A MARINE IN IRAQ IN THE SAME AREA ON APRIL 7TH. PLEASE KNOW OTHERS ARE THINKING OF YOU IN YOUR SORROW AND IN YOUR MEMORIES OF YOUR BELOVED ONE. IM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. SO MANY HEARTS ARE BROKEN AGAIN.
May 13, 2006
To Leon's parents and family:
We have heard Regina talk so much about her baby brother, when he became an Eagle Scout...she was so proud of him. She was anxious about him becoming a Marine, although she knew they were trained the very best.
We had only met Leon a few times but heard Regina's heart when she spoke of him.
He will continue to live in your hearts and some day you will be with him once again in Heaven. We give our grateful thanks to Leon and his family for the sacrifice he and they have made to secure our safety in the U.S.
Our deepest sympathy to you!
May 13, 2006
To the family of Leon B. Deraps,

I am certain that no one can feel your pain unless they too have experienced the loss of a family member in combat. This said, our family and indeed our entire community is feeling deep sorrow at the loss of this fine young man. Our sympathy is for your loss, each of you feeling it in your own way. Know that our thoughts and heart-felt prayers are constantly with all of you. Leon is a hero to everyone his life has touched, to the community, and to his country. May the many acts of memorial in his name be his tribute and may you find comfort in knowing how much we appreciate the sacrifice he and all of you made to ensure our freedom. He will never be forgotten. Please call if you need anything at all, we will be there. Let the flags speak for our hearts, ours shall fly until it is tattered and torn.
May God Bless and Keep you and bring you Peace in this sorrowful time.

With love,
Ann, Zacc, Josh, and Rebecca Clevenger
May 13, 2006
To Leon's Family, I am so sorry for your loss and this whole country's loss of your fine young Marine. I read the beautiful tributes to your Leon and what a wonderful person you have raised. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Your Leon is a true American Hero. May God Bless you all and God Bless Leon.
May 12, 2006
Dear Deraps Family I rember the times Leon would come up the hill to vist us. My hart breaks with yours. Words cannot express the respect and love I have for your entire family I grew up with you all I will Never Forget Leon and the Sacrifice He made for his Country. I know God will carry you all though this very difficult time.
May 12, 2006
My thoughts and prayers are with you at your time of sorrow, words can't express how I and the whole community feel for your loss. He will never be forgotten.
May 12, 2006
Dear Deraps Family,
Even though we have never met I feel as if we are a part of a "family". My daughter's fiancee was killed in Irag on Oct. 3, 2005. It is my prayer that you will feel God holding you as close to His heart as He has held my family these past months. You will be in our prayers as you walk through these difficult days.
May 12, 2006
Deraps Family:

Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers as you mourn the loss of your beloved son.
May 12, 2006
I am very sorry for the loss of your beloved Marine, LCPL Leon B. Deraps. May you find comfort in the Lord during the difficult days ahead.
A Proud 172 Stryker Mom
May 12, 2006
Words can't express the sorrow we feel for all of you. We will keep you in our prayers and thank you Leon for your service in defending the freedom of our great country, your parents and family are very proud of you and so is your hometown. God Bless
May 12, 2006
Dale & Sandy and family,
We were shocked and greatly saddened upon hearing about Leon. Our whole family holds the most wonderful memories of him. You will remain in our prayers in the days ahead.
Love Tom & Sally Lloyd

And I – in righteousness, I will see Your face; when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing Your likeness. Psalm 17:15
May 12, 2006
It seems only like yesterday Omie was packing Leon around everywhere, how quickly he grew and how wonderful a person he turned out to be. He will be greatly missed and will now be packed in our hearts! Thank you Leon for all that you have done.

You're in our thoughts and prayers,
Greg, Kim, Jason, Kaidan, and Ridge
May 12, 2006
My heartfelt sympathy to the Deraps family in the loss of Leon. I did not know Leon, but my heart is broken and I am saddened for your loss of such a fine young person and hero. May God bring you peace in your heart as you reflect on all the wonderful memories you hold so close. Please know that you are in my heart and prayers. Leon my heart was touched by the many wonderful/beautiful things written about you. You are a hero and you will never be forgotten.
I send each of you a hug from the most inner part of my heart.
Love and Peace
Tom

To live in the hearts
of those you leave behind
is never to die"
~Robert Orr~
May 12, 2006
May 9, 2006
Jamestown, Missouri:
The family of Lance Corporal Leon B. Deraps USMC sincerely appreciates the outpouring of prayers, love and support from the surrounding communities. He loved his family, friends, community, God and Country.
Semper Fidelis, (Always Faithful), Eagle Scout, Beloved Son, Best Friend and Brother. See ya Later, Buddy.
Arrangements are now set:
3:30-8:00 pm, Tuesday 16 May 2006. Jamestown High School Auditorium •Memorial and Visitation
10:00 am, Wednesday 17 May 2006. Annunciation Catholic Church, Cedron MO. (5 m. West of Jamestown on Rt. U • Funeral Mass and Military Honors Burial


Lance Corporal Leon Bertrand Deraps
United States Marine Corps

Leon was born at home on a bitter cold morning Nov. 13, 1986, our “Bonus Baby”, strong with a sweet disposition. As our “Caboose”, he was protected and raised by his two older brothers who taught him take a punch and get up grinning, his three bossy sisters who fought over the little guy too small to win an argument, his veteran Mom who believes in meals to set your clock by, taught him the patience to pick a row of green beans clean and to kneel at his bed and pray, his Marine Corps veteran father who taught him how to hit the deck running, good to go, not to slouch at flag ceremony and how to sharpen his knife, and a community best described as the “salt of the earth”. He grew up running in the soft hills and creek bottoms of the Missouri River Valley. Always obedient, he was a good student, anyone’s friend, loved by all, and answered to Buddy, Bud, Uncle Lon, Bert and Bird Man.
Leon went through Cub Scouts, Webelos, and earned rank quickly in the Boy Scouts. His achievements include 35 Merit Badges, the Order of the Arrow, a Rocky Mountain High Adventure Trek, National Boy Scout Jamboree 2001, Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, a Philmont Scout Ranch Expedition 2002, Cimarron, New Mexico, many service projects and Camporees. Under guidance from veteran Scouter, Richard Schroeder, Leon’s Eagle project was the recovery of the abandoned Hardiman-Beatty AME Cemetery, just north of Jamestown. He was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout on March 13, 2005.
Leon participated in many sports at Moniteau C-1 School in Jamestown including baseball, basketball, track and field. He was also a member of the FFA. He was voted Prom King his senior year, 2005. Leon enjoyed many outdoor activities including hunting, fishing and off-roading with his Jeep (when he wasn’t pushing it!). He was an active member of Annunciation Catholic Church, California, MO. Leon was employed at Advanced Chimney Techniques of Jamestown, MO and Cal's Thriftway, California, MO before graduating high school. He pre-enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in the fall of 2004 while a Senior in high school. Leon graduated in May of 2005. He left for the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, in June of 2005. Because of his Eagle Scout achievement, Leon entered the Marine Corps as a Private, First Class. In September 2005, he graduated from Basic Training with many members of his proud family cheering him on. He went on to complete Marine Combat Training at Camp Pendleton, California and Engineers School, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. With his training completed in February 2006, he was deployed with members of his engineering unit to Iraq. Leon died while on duty May 6, 2006. However, “If the Army and the Navy ever look on Heaven's scenes, they will find the streets are guarded by United States Marines”. He still stands his post and he’s the one with the big grin, ear to ear.

Leon is survived by:

Parents, Sandy and Dale Deraps, Jamestown, MO
Sister, Dawn Cassil and husband Terry together with children Bethany Pethan and husband Kurt and son Clayton of Prairie Home, MO; Kaylan Cassil and Hallie Cassil all of Jamestown, MO
Sister, Omie Johnson and husband Jeff Johnson together with children Garrett and Baylee all of Jamestown, MO
Brother, Cedar Deraps of Jamestown, MO
Sister, Regina Baepler and husband Mike with children William and Abraham, Thedford, NE
Brother, David Deraps and wife Naomi together with children Benjamin and Moriah, Jamestown, MO
Grandfather, Leon B. Deraps, St. Louis, MO
Many Aunts, Uncles, cousins, extended family and community

Memorial contributions can be made to:

Boy Scout Troop 120
C/O Julie Medlin, Cashier
Commerce Bank
209 East Main Street
California, Missouri, 65018
May 11, 2006
Unfortunately I did not have the honor of knowing Leon. Words can not express my sincere gratitude for your ultimate sacrifice. Thank you and God bless.
May 11, 2006
Dale,Sandy,David,Dawn,Omi,Cedar,and
Regina:

There is no way I can even imagine the grief you are feeling, at this point. I do know the faith you all display will be more help than any words.

When visiting with you Regina made the comment she felt like Leon should walk through the door and say "I'm here" well, he does walk through the door everytime any of you enter the room. Regina also said that something good out of each of you was in Leon and that is what made him so good. Remember this because he IS ALREADY THERE, Leon lives in everyone of you be proud.

God Bless you all,
May 11, 2006
To Leon's family and friends-
My family and I are praying for you and your family during this difficult time. We send our deepest empathy as we lost our Marine on 11/30/05 in Fallujah. We are comforted to know that our Marines are serving their country with such honor and bravery. We are so proud of our Marines and all of our other service men and women for all that they have done and continue to do to keep us safe and to give us the freedom we have that so many take for granted.
They are true Heroes and need to always be remembered for their selflessness and sacrifice to better our world. We will forever be united in the loss of our heros. We are so sorry for your loss and hope our words will ease some of the pain, and maybe fill some of your emptiness.
Yesterday, Today, Forever – Semper Fi - Marines!
Our sincerest gratitude for their bravery-
The family of Cpl. William "Billy" Taylor
2/6 WPNS
KIA outside of Fallujah 11/30/05
May 11, 2006
To the Deraps family:
You are in our thoughts and prayers. We have no great words of wisdom to help you with your loss, but know that Leon was very much loved and respected. He will never be forgotten.
May 11, 2006
It was truly an honor to know Leon. I have many memories of him from working with him at the grocery store in California and seeing him at church. He always had a bright smile to offer. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
May 11, 2006
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sorrow. Leon, thank you for serving our country and fighting for our freedom. May God Bless You and Your Family!
Jeremy, Alisha & Garrett Burger
May 11, 2006
We loved Leon and will miss him in our community. He really was a special young man. We are grateful for the sacrifices Leon and you have made for us and our country. May God bless you now and always.
May 11, 2006
Rest in peace at your last post in paradise.
May 11, 2006
MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS. PLEASE KNOW THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT HERE WHO DO CARE AND YOUR HERO WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. THERE JUST AREN'T ENOUGH WORDS HERE ON EARTH TO EASE YOUR PAIN I KNOW. HOLD TIGHT TO YOUR TREASURED MEMORIES THAT HIS SPECIAL SMILE MAY CONTINUE TO SHINE ON. I PRAY THAT PEACE WILL FIND YOU ALL SOMEDAY. STAY STRONG AND GODSPEED. SEMPER FI

A MARINE MOM
May 10, 2006
Leon was so obviously a great kid. Everyone is saying it. We are so very sorry for your loss. Many tears have been and will be shed for Leon. Our prayers are with you in your time of suffering.
The Price Family
May 10, 2006
Did not know Leon but do know that he was a very special person. He was respected & admired by many that he was not aware of. I am so sorry for your loss. May "God" give you a peace beyond understanding.
May 10, 2006
My thoughts and prayers will continue to be with you as time passes. I know that everyone that knew Leon will miss him, but we are all proud of him for defending freedom.
May 10, 2006
Please accept our condolences for your loss. Leon clearly had a profound impact on those who knew him, and also on those of us who did not know him, but are thankful for young men and women of his caliber who are willing to serve and sacrifice. God Bless you and your family, that you find comfort in his memory, and peace. Semper Fi.
May 10, 2006
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Our son sends his sympathy too. Your son is a true hero. My God give your family peace and support.
May 10, 2006
Dear Sandy, Dale, and family,
No words, letters or card could ever express the pain you all are going through right now! I want you all to know Leon was an awesome person and I am privleged to say that I got to enjoy 14 years of my life with him! I miss him so much!! I send my sympathy to your entire family!
Leons smile would have made you fall in love with him even if it was the first time you ever saw him! His personality was like no other. It made him stand out in a good way! He was someone you could always count on to be there for you!! He was not just a friend, he was a classmate almost like a brother! I will never forget him and all the times we had! Love Ya Leon!!!
May 10, 2006
"No greater love hath any man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friend" John 15:13

Semper Fi
USMC 83-87
May 10, 2006
From our family to yours, our prayers are with you. God bless you Leon.

Rick, Jenny and Bailey Wehmeir
May 10, 2006
Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers during these hard times. Thanks Leon for fighting for our freedom. SEMPER FI!
May 10, 2006
Our prayers and thoughts have been with you all since hearing of Leon's passing. Leon was a great guy and one our town is, and will always be, very proud of! Leon, may God Bless You and Your Family for your sacrifice! Gordon, Jennifer, Mack & Jolene Sorrells
May 10, 2006
Deraps family,

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Every time we saw Leon he always had a smile on his face.

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow, our thoughts and prayers are with you.
May 09, 2006
I will miss Leon very much. I will always treasure scout camps and camp outs and all the fun we had together (Leon, Jess and I). As I go off to basic training for the Army National Guard I will carry Leons memory with me. Leon was not only a good friend, but a military brother as well. God bless you all. Love, E2 Private Alexander Jenkins (Eagle Scout)
May 09, 2006
My prays are with you all.
May 09, 2006
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Please let us know how we can help.
May 09, 2006
Although we did not know Leon, your family has touched our family in so many ways. Our daughters Janna, and Jodi and Bret think the world of your family. They have nothing but praise for Leon. You are all in our prayers. Our sympathy and loving thoughts are with you all at this time.
May 09, 2006
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life’s routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
May 09, 2006
Dale, Sandy, Omie,Jeff, Dawn & Family,
Sending sincere sympathy your way & may each day grow brighter with time.
Thinking of you all!
May 09, 2006
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
May 09, 2006
You have my deepest sympathy. I hope that you keep God close to your heart in this time of need. We will be praying for you.
May 09, 2006
I just wanted to THANK YOU for being there to serve our country. Also Thank you, his family, for letting him serve. I will pray for all of you. Am very sorry.
May 09, 2006
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
May 09, 2006
Dear Dale, Sandy and family:
Leon was a remarkable young man. I am honored that Stacy and Leon were friends and classmates. Leon held his family and friends close to his heart. Our community will truly grieve the passing of this honorable, young hero and our world is loosing a truly wonderful young person. May God Bless and Keep you. Semper Fi, Leon!
The Kuhn's (Dale, Virginia, Liane, Stacy and Kelsey)
May 09, 2006
I don't know what else to say, but thank you, Leon. Thank you for giving so much.
May 09, 2006
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
May 09, 2006
Our family's thoughts and prayers are with you. My son Joshua and I knew Leon from Cub Scouts and thought he was a terrific person. I am proud and humbled by his dedication to our nation want to express my sincere condolences for you loss.
May 09, 2006
Dale, Sandy and family,
Leon was a fine young man and we're proud to have known him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
May 09, 2006
Dale, Sandy, & family,
Our hearts are broken for you and all who knew Leon. What a special young man! We have such great respect and love for him and miss him deeply.
May 09, 2006
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We are so sorry for your loss. We know that he served his country well, because he came from a good family. God Bless each and every one of you.
May 09, 2006
As I read the news, my heart was deeply saddened. My memories of Leon are fond. He was a polite, kind, and fun young man. My thoughts and prayers are with you!
May 09, 2006
OUR THOUGHTS & PRAYERS ARE FOR YOU AND YOURS DURING THIS SAD TIME.
WITH SYMPATHY
May 08, 2006
Hello, I am from Eugene, Missouri. I didn't know Leon, but my brother's best friend, Darin T. Settle was recently killed in Iraq, just a few weeks back. I just wanted to say that I know how hard it is, and that my thoughts and prayers are with you through this time.
May 08, 2006
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. Our deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
May 08, 2006
God Bless and Keep You All during this most difficult time. My husband is an OLD Marine and also retired from Army National Guard. Our deepest sympathy and prayers to Leons family and to Leon, thank you for giving so much, so that we can live in freedom.
May 08, 2006
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Steven, Courtney, Keegan, and Kendall Borts
May 08, 2006
DALE AND SANDY AND FAMILY,
DANIEL AND ALEX AND I ARE SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. WE LOVED LEON AND ENJOYED HIM SO MUCH IN BOY SCOUTS. HE WAS A WONDERFUL, POLITE, HANDSOME YOUNG MAN WITH SO MUCH GOING FOR HIM. HE WOULD HELP A STRANGER IF THEY NEEDED IT. THAT IS JUST THE KIND OF YOUNG MAN THAT LEON WAS. ALEX SAID THAT HE WOULD CARRY LEONS MEMORY WITH HIM ALWAYS AND THE FUN TIMES THEY SHARED IN SCOUTS. OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AND KNOW THAT IF YOU NEED ANYTHING WE ARE HERE FOR YOU JUST CALL. WE ARE SO PROUD OF LEON AND CONSIDER HIM OUR HERO. GOD BLESS, LOVE, DANIEL KERRI AND ALEX JENKINS
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