Ernest Ray DeReus
February 18, 1931 - December 13, 2018

Ernest Ray DeReus

Ernest Ray DeReus
Feb 18, 1931 - Dec 13, 2018

Ernest Ray DeReus
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Ernest Ray DeReus, age 87 of Prairie City, passed away on Thursday, December 13, 2018 at Mitchell Village Care Center in Mitchellville. A Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, December 17, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Aidan's Anglican Church, celebrated by Father Bradford Johnson, in Des Moines. Burial will take place at Waveland Cemetery in Prairie City. A Masonic Service will be held on Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at Coburn Funeral Home in Prairie City. Visitation will be on Sunday from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. also at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the Shriner's Hospital and condolences may be left for the family at www.coburnfuneralhomes

The son of Guysbert and Agnes (Henderson) DeReus, Ernie was born on February 18, 1931 in Prairie City. He graduated from Prairie City High School and served in the United States Army. On December 20, 1952 he was united in marriage to Norma Darlene Sparks, of West Plains, Missouri, at the Prairie City United Methodist Church. Ernie lived in the Prairie City area his entire life. He farmed and was a rural mail carrier for the US Postal service for 25 years. Ernie was a member of St. Aidan's Anglican Church in Des Moines, Preston Lodge 218, Scottish Rite 32* Mason and a member of the ZA GA ZIG Shriners in Altoona. In his retirement, Ernie enjoyed restoring Tractors.
Those left to honor his memory include his wife Norma; a daughter, Donna DeReus; a son Jeff (Merri) DeReus; four grandchildren, Megan (Chad) Kephart, Amanda (Bobby) Norlin, Sam (Katelyn Buehrer) DeReus and Joe DeReus; three great grandchildren, Jacob, Matthew, and Corbin Kephart; a sister, Alice Faye Frank and a sister-in-law, Nora DeReus Wright. Preceding Ernie in death were his parents and a brother, Don DeReus.


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Larry and Sharon Davis on Dec 16, 2018

So sorry to of Earnie’s passing. We so enjoyed him in the Shrine Tractor Club these past few years. He was always fun to watch on his big red tractor.
May you find strength in the memories of him.
Our sympathy,
Larry & Sharon Davis

Guy/Carleen Freeman on Dec 16, 2018

Sorry for your loss our thoughts are with all of Ernie's family during this time of difficulty. Know Ernie will be missed by all who knew and loved him. The antique tractor's will definitely miss him.Guy and Carleen Freeman Runnells, Iowa

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Cynthia Kane on Dec 15, 2018

We are so sorry to hear about Ernie's passing. What great memories from the pot luck group and baling hay (for me) and many many other memories for dad. I'll never forget his great smile. And dad is grateful for Ernie's friendship for so many years. Cynthia and Denny Kane

Bob and Eunice Keuning on Dec 15, 2018

We are praying for comfort and strength for all of your family. Always enjoyed his smile and pleasant conversations.



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Coburn Funeral Home of Prairie City
201 S. Marshall
Prairie City, Iowa 50228
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
There will be a Masonic Service beginning at 3:00 p.m. and a Prayer Service at 6:00 p.m.


St. Aidan's Anglican Church
4911 Meredith Drive
Des Moines, Iowa 50310
10:00 AM
Burial with Military Rites will be held at Waveland Cemetery in Prairie City.

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