John Francis DeRocher, Jr., of Merrill, died Thursday, June 19, 2003, at the age of 79 years, 6 months and 21 days, at his farm with family at his side after a courageous battle.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. today (Monday) at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Ellendale, rural Merrill, with the Rev. Robert Waters and the Rev. James Bruch con-celebrating the mass. Burial was in St. Joseph Cemetery, Ellendale. Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel in Sioux City. There was a vigil service at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.