Condolences for Albert J. Dereskiewicz

Rick Johnson posted on 4/23/20

One of the best remembered days of my work as Adjutant at the American Legion Post 159 was meeting with “Al D”, as we called him, when I had the pleasure of visiting his home to get his signature to transfer his membership to our post. Al D was a gracious gentlemen who never spoke a bad thing about anyone and was always more than willing to help with any cause at the post. When Al D would take on helping raise funds you’d better have at least a quarter in your pocket because he wasn’t taking no for an answer. He especially enjoyed our visits with the Legion members at the Belmont Correction Institute. Al D’s smiling face and genuine laugh will be missed for a long long time. Rest in peace my friend.


Dory Lucas posted on 4/15/20

Dear Gary, I am do sorry to hear of the loss of your father. Time will help, but it will never completely heal your loss. It's always harder to lose that second parent, as you do become closer to him or her over time. I felt the same when I lost my dad after my mother had gone years before. God bless you and may your father rest in peace.


Kathy Wallace posted on 4/14/20

To Mr. D’s family, friends & loved ones. I worked with Mr.D at JC Penny for many years. He was a great man & friend. May God give you all His love, strength & peace during this sad difficult time & in the days ahead. Rest In Peace Mr. D. You will be missed.


Larry Barnes posted on 4/14/20

Al D was a very close friend of mine.Everytime I enter through the doors of the American legion I will think of Al D.Never once was he asked to help out that he refused.So many great stories we will be able to tell over the years to come


ArleneV. Valare Klocek posted on 4/14/20

Miss my dear brother. He always loved family and visited as often as he could. His sense of humor was contagious. The cousiins had such fun with his children when he came to shenandoahwith the family. Marcia drove because he alwzys got lost. heart wss broken when i heard he passed away. Thank you brother.,Abe for your service in Korea to keep us safe. GOD GAVE YOU 6 CHILDREN A WONDERFUL FAMILY TO BE PROUD OF. MAY YOU BE WITH JESUS IN HEAVEN AND OUR LOVED ONES WHO ARE THERE. I WILL MISS YOU BROTHER AND THE FUN TIMES AND LAUGHS WE HAD. PEACE AND COMFORT TO YOUR CHILDREN. I LOVE YOU ABE AND MISS YOU SO MUCH BUT YOU LIVE IN IN YOUR CHILDREN. PRAISE GOD! LOVE,SISTER ARLENE.BUTUS AND HUGS!!


Mary Potter posted on 4/13/20

Al D's family I am so sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of training Al to be one of our finest volunteers at Belmont Correctional Institution. Normally the training takes 3 1/2 hours but his took much longer because he kept telling me stories! I could tell he loved his wife, his children, and his country. The partnership between the incarcerated men and the American Legion Post 159 has been a partnership we are very proud of. I have missed seeing Al and have thought of him often. I will miss him dearly and never forget him. Mary Potter, Deputy Warden of Special Services


Cheryl J Skinner,Tri-State Military Museum posted on 4/13/20

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time, May you come to know that the love of God is with you always, May your memories of Albert J. Dereskiewicz, give you peace, comfort and strength… Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete. I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers to the family of …. US Army Veteran, Albert J. Dereskiewicz, is “A True American Hero” God Bless† † Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †