LCpl. Leon Bertrand Deraps
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LEON BERTRAND DERAPS United States Marine Corps Lance Corporal Leon Bertrand Deraps, U.S.M.C., age 19, Jamestown, MO was killed Saturday, May 6, 2006 in the Al Anbar Province of Iraq. Leon was born at home near Jamestown, MO, November 13, 1986. 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, Bert and Bird Man. Leon went through Cub Scouts, Webelos, and 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 Fhilmont Scout Ranch Expedition 2002, Cimarron, New Mexico, many service projects and Camporees. Under guidance from a veteran Scouter, Richard Schroeder, Leon's Eagle Project was the recovery of the abandoned Hardiman-Beaty 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, Jamestown, including baseball, basketball, track and field. He was a member of the FFA and voted Prom King his senior year and graduated High School in May, 2005. Leon enjoyed many outdoor activities including hunting, fishing and off roading. He was an active member of the 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. 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 and went on to complete Marine Combat Training at Camp Pendelton, California and Engineers School, Camp Le Jeune, North Carolina. With his training completed in February 2006 he was deployed with members of his engineering unit to Iraq. Leon is survived by: his parents, Sandy and Dale Deraps, Jamestown, MO; three sisters, Dawn Cassil and husband Terry, with their children; Bethany Pethan, with her husband Kurt, and son Clayton of Prairie Home, MO; Kaylan Cassil and Hallie Cassil all of Jamestown, MO; Omie Johnson and husband Mike, with their children, William and Abraham, Thedford, NE; two brothers, Cedar Deraps of Jamestown, MO and David Deraps with his wife Naomi, with their children Benjamin and Moriah, Jamestown, MO; paternal grandfather, Leon B. Deraps, St. Louis, MO; many Aunts, Uncles, cousins, extended family and community. Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at Cedron Catholic Church at Cedron. Officiating will be Father Henry Reichert, with burial in the church cemetery with full military honors. Visitation will be 4-8 P.M., Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at Jamestown C-1 school with Prayer Services by Father Greg Higley at 3:30 P.M. Memorial contributions can be made to Boy Scout Troop 120, C/O Julie Medlin, Cashier, Commerce Bank, 200 East Main Street, California, Missouri 65018. The family is being cared for by Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services of California, MO.

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Published in Kansas City Star on May 14, 2006.
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March 6, 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.
David Phoenix (Phoenix Family Building Co.)
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.
Matthew DeRaps (US Navy)
May 6, 2012
To the family and friends of Lance Cpl. Leon B. Deraps:
Always remembering Leon. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
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.
Dee Riffel
December 14, 2011
A tragic loss, and my heart goes out to you who survive him and mourn him.
Becky Gareis
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
Diana Prine
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,
Mark Brown
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.
Michelle Stark
July 27, 2011
Ready to go
Dale Deraps
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.
L Neal
July 9, 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.
L Greene
May 6, 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
Peggy Childers
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.
Connie Forbes
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
Jason Lockwood
August 7, 2010
Semper Fi my Brother, I look forward to serving with you at Marine Barracks, Heaven's Gates.
Steve Stuckmeyer
GySgt USMC Retired
Steve Stuckmeyer
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.
Jorge Duran
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!
James Schneider
July 6, 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.....
Cedar Deraps
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
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
Regina Baepler
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.
Laura VPMM of Sgt Derek, 3 OIF tours
June 11, 2010
Thank you for your selfless service to our county.
Skip McGuire
June 4, 2010
Hi baylee its me Lexi I still greive for you Alot
Alexis Edynburn
June 4, 2010
I didn't know Leon either I knew his niece Baylee we went to school together
Alexis Edynburn
May 31, 2010
Thinking about you and your family today!! Thank you for what you have done!! You are a hero!
Ben Schmidt
May 7, 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
Peggy Childers
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.
Melanie Adams
March 25, 2010
Thank you for providing me the freedoms so many take for granted! You will not be forgotten!
Charlie Wormek
March 8, 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.
Skip Geisaka
March 2, 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
Carol Cooper
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~~
Ben Schmidt
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.
Pam
January 9, 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
Moses Cucufate-Luna
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.
Ray Schiller
November 8, 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.
Armetea Potter
November 7, 2009
safe jounerys dear relative may we meet some day at the top of the mountian. I am so proud of you.
Gerard DeRaps
November 2, 2009
Andrew Lee Cutler Former SGT. USMC (VN) and SFC USA (Ret)
Andrew Cutler
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!
Nancy Kievit
September 9, 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.
Carla Caldwell
July 16, 2009
may you rest in peace, brother.
l.c. bruce
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,
David Finke
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.
Kerri Jenkins
June 3, 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
Jose Miranda
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.
Jerry Neal
May 7, 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
mom deraps
May 6, 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~
Nicole Coonce
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