Derber, Glen A.
Glen A. Derber, of Neenah, age 90, passed away on Saturday, April 20, 2013 surrounded by his family, with his wife holding his hand,. He was born October 10, 1922 in Oshkosh, son of the late Eles and Hattie Derber.
As a youth, he attended Boyd School in rural Oshkosh. Glen graduated from Oshkosh High school with honors. He enlisted in the US Army
signing up for the Paratroops due to the fact that the Air Force had their quota of volunteers. He became a member of the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne—the "Screaming Eagles." He participated in the Normandy Invasion jump on D-Day into the dark sky filled with enemy flack from the Germans. Wounded in the event he went to England to recover. He received the Purple Heart
, the first of many medals and unit citations. He returned to his unit to make a daytime jump into Holland for the beginning of Operation Market Garden to free the Dutch people. After that the Parachute Infantry Regiment were trucked to Bastogne for the Battle of the Bulge.
After the war's end, he returned home and enrolled in Oshkosh State Teachers College. He married Mary Wohlfarth of Rhinelander on June 26, 1948 and they moved to Madison where Glen received his degree in Mechanical Engineering from UW-Madison.
Glen enjoyed many interests and hobbies beginning with designing and building many model airplanes from gliders to free-flights to radio-controlled types, including a 1/6th scale model of "Buster", a plane owned by S.J. Wittman of Oshkosh and flown by his buddy Bill in the National Air Races held in Cleveland, Ohio. He received his private pilot's license and owned his own Cessna airplane. He was a lifetime member of the Experimental Aircraft Assoc.
In 1951 Glen moved with his wife and son to Neenah where he lived for the rest of his life. He worked for the Marathon Paper Corp beginning a career in the paper and printing industry which included positions at American Can, Overly's, Marathon Engineers and Thermo Electron.
Glen was a life-long member of the Oshkosh Rifle and Pistol Club and then also the Appleton Rifle and Pistol Club. He was an expert marksman and won numerous medals and trophies at shooting matches throughout the state. Hunting was also a favorite sport and hunting whitetail deer with his father in law became a yearly tradition. He bagged many trophy bucks and was proud to have never lost a deer that he shot.
He took up golf and spent years golfing with two of his buddies from work.
When age slowed him down, he bought his first of many Apple computers and taught himself how to use them.
Sixty years ago Glen and Mary started playing sheepshead once a month with three other couples from Oshkosh and Wautoma. The depth of friendship was unsurpassed and the good times they had will be a joy forever. "It's your turn—deal!"
Glen's family and friends were very important to him—a special kind of love always. He was a man of few words, but had a great sense of humor and was always coming up with funny quips at just the right moment.
His membership at St. Paul Lutheran Church of Neenah brought him close to God, his Heavenly Father and in the end he asked to go home to Him.
Survivors include his wife, Mary; three children: Bruce Derber, Jacqueline Derber, Suzanne (Bill) Tanguay; a granddaughter, Mara Tanguay; a sister, Edith (Del) Piel; a sister-in-law, Barbara Derber; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two brothers: Merle (Sally) Derber, Ward Derber; two sisters: Joyce (Robert) Brown, Jane (Arden) Sorensen; and two nieces: Barbara Brown, Georgia May Derber.
The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 200 N. Commercial St., Neenah, with The Rev. Clarence Harms officiating. The visitation will be held at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the hour of service. A memorial is being established in Glen's name. Interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery with Military Rites conducted by the US Army and the Neenah-Menasha Veterans Honor Guard.
Westgor Funeral Home
205 W. Doty Ave.
I'll be loving you "Always". Geronimo! --Mary