Chester John Derezinski

Chester John Derezinski, age 89, beloved father, uncle, grandfather and friend, ended his journey on earth, going on to his eternal life on November 5, 2012 in Colorado Springs. The third of six children, Chet was born May 15, 1923 in Stevens Point, Wisconsin to Walter and Katherine Derezinski. Chet spent his career in the military. From 1942 to 1946 during World War II, he enlisted in the Army Air Corp working in the fields of communications and electronics. After leaving the Air Corp, Chet spent five years teaching and coaching at Shiocton High School in Wisconsin. He was recalled into active duty in 1951 with the start of the Korean War, and joined the newly-formed Air Force branch of service. After various assignments in the Pacific Theater, the Pentagon, NORAD, SAGE, and Cam Rohn Bay, Vietnam, Chet retired in 1971. In his early years, Chet was an accomplished athlete playing high school, county, and college football, basketball and baseball. With his playing years behind him, Chet continued to enjoy sports by cheering on his favorite football teams: the Air Force Academy Falcons, the Green Bay Packers, and of course, the Denver Broncos. Chet also had a love of music and dancing. He was a skilled drum and clarinet musician, and spent many years square-dancing with his lovely wife, Rose - they even danced on the top of Pikes Peak! What was most memorable about Chet was his strong religious faith which began at a young age as an alter server, and continued with his many years as an Eucharistic Minister at St. Michael's Parish at the Air Force Academy. His faith gave him the ability to cope with life's many trials. Chet always remained a positive and optimistic force with his family and friends. Chet was predeceased by his loving wife, Rose; two daughters, Jane Leah and Lois Jean; three brothers, Robert, George and Joseph; his two sisters, Irene and Theresa. Surviving are his two daughters, Sue Roeder and husband, Don of Brewer, Maine, and Kathleen Derezinski of Colorado Springs; three grandchildren, Chris, Ben and Rachel; five great-grandchildren, Ally, Lauren, Colin, Emma and Harper. Chet also leaves behind his "extended" family who were as loving and caring as any family members could be: Sherrie and Kevin Moss; Cheryl and Jeff Klamurus; Denise and Mike O'Shea; and Connie and Jack Wetterer; and the wonderful residents and staff of ViewPointe. Relatives and friends may call Sunday, November 11, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the Swan Law Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at Monday, November 12, 10:00 a.m. at the Swan-Law Funeral Director's Cascade Chapel. Burial to follow at Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver, Colorado. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to ALS (Lou Gehrig's Assoc.), Rocky Mountain Chapter, P.O. Box 7964, Boulder, CO 80306.

Funeral Home

Swan-Law Funeral Directors
501 North Cascade Ave Colorado Springs, CO 80903
(719) 471-9900

Published in The Gazette on Nov. 10, 2012