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Wayne E. DeRusha of Cary Wayne E. DeRusha, 87, passed away Sunday, July 29, 2012, at Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington. Wayne was born on June 26, 1925, in Schiller Park, Ill., to Claude and Malinda DeRusha. He married Phyllis Mason on Aug. 23, 1952, in Wauconda, Ill. Wayne served in the U.S. Navy in World War II as a seaman first class aboard the USS Bunker Hill. He enlisted in Chicago on Jan. 4, 1943, attended boot camp at Great Lakes Naval Base, and upon graduation was immediately sent aboard the Bunker Hill for her commissioning May 25, 1943. Wayne proudly served aboard the Bunker Hill during every major battle engagement from Rabaul to Tokyo until two Kamikaze suicide planes struck on May 11, 1945, causing the damaged Bunker Hill to return to the Puget Sound Navy Yard. The Bunker Hill and crew earned 11 battle stars, the Presidential Unit Citation, and the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation. Wayne was honorably discharged from the Navy on Nov. 14, 1945. Wayne was a dedicated and loving husband, father, and son. He worked for many years at the family lumber yard in Des Plaines before becoming a Teamster truck driver for Jewel Foods. Wayne was a life member of the VFW and American Legion Post 36. Wayne is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Phyllis of Cary; his children, Holly (Robert) Kohley of Woodstock and James Mason of Decatur; his grandchildren, Jay Rebscher, Paul Vandeven and Leyla Kohley; and a great-grandson, Jackson Vandeven. Wayne was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Donald; a daughter, Lonna Rebscher; a son, Douglas; his grandparents; aunts and uncles; and his mother- and father-in-law. The visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, at Kahle-Moore Funeral Home, 403 Silver Lake Road, Cary. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4, at the funeral home, with interment to follow at Windridge Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to the Cary Fire Protection District, 401 Cary-Algonquin Road, Cary, IL 60013. For information, call the funeral home at 847-639-3817.
Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald from Aug. 1 to Aug. 3, 2012
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