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Mr Donald Deramee

Mr Donald Deramee
  • November 5, 1931 - September 25, 2016
  • Corpus Christi, Texas

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Our beloved DONALD ANTHONY DERAMEE, SR., went home to meet our Lord, on the morning of Sunday, September 25th, 2016. He was 84 years old. Don, Dad, Daddy, Grandpa, Great-Grandpa, Great-Great Grandpa, Graypons, Don Bo, Bro, Coonass, or however you refer to him, was born on November 5th, 1931 in San Antonio, Texas.  His parents were Ella Marie Cheramie' Deramee and Leon Joseph Deramee, and they raised him primarily in Beaumont, Texas and Dallas, Texas.  Don was the eldest of 4 boys; Donald, Ross, Leon and Noel. He attended St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica Catholic School, and then went on to attend Texas A&M, Class of 1953. While attending Texas A&M, Don enlisted in the Marine Corps where he earned the rank, Master Sergeant, and was awarded with a Marksmanship award. Don proudly defended our country in the Korean War. After returning from duty, Don began his life-long career in the oil and gas industry, which took him from Dallas, to Odessa to Corpus Christi.
Don loved to travel and see beautiful places, including Australia, Costa Rica, and Greece.  He enjoyed golf, fishing, hunting, dominoes, cards, his teams the Dallas Cowboys, and the Texas Rangers, a good recliner, and a good top-shelf margarita, or perhaps in the old days a vodka and water!  Don enjoyed participating in church functions and ministries at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church.  And he found great joy in helping feed the hungry, and helping the less fortunate.  He was always ready to lend a hand or give a dollar. Don will be remembered for his kind spirit and generous heart, and for being a loving soul even in the face of adversity.  He also had a humorous side to him which kept his friends and family unexpectedly amused.
Don belonged to many clubs and organizations, including The American Legion, The Veterans Of Foreign Wars, United States Golf Association, Heifer International, Easter Seals, Wounded Warrior Project, Timons Ministry, Boy Scouts of America and many more.
Don was devoted to God the Father Almighty, Jesus Christ his only Son, and to the Virgin Mary.  Don was also devoted to and cherished, his family, friends, dialysis friends at DaVita, neighbors and staff at Brookdale Senior Living, and loving clergy, including Fr. Peter and Deacon Frank, and the members of his parish. Don also had a very special connection to his priest friends from Dallas, Fr. Henry Petter, Fr. Rudy Garcia, Fr. Michael Forge, Fr. Jason Cargo, and Fr. Andy Semler.
To those still with us on Earth, Don was an extremely loving, caring and thoughtful father, brother, nephew, cousin, uncle, grandpa, great-grandpa, great-great grandpa, Godfather, pew mate, chair mate, and best friend.
Don's first marriage produced, in his words "...the best things that ever, ever happened to me in my entire life - my children, Donny, Ronny, Bobby and Tina, who in turn have given me my most precious grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchild." Don loved babies!
On February 14, 1987, Don married the love of his life, Donna, and was blessed with her children, Terry and Kelly, and Terry's spouse Doug, and later with Terry's children, Zach and Megan. Donna went to our Lord in 1999, and Don was eagerly awaiting their reunion.
Don had many close friends he held close to his heart, and whom our family cherishes, like Gloria Robertson, The Johnson Family, and Tom Hayes.  As well as friends he adopted in his heart as his own, like Joe and Joyce Hildebrandt. And, of course, Velma Roos, who was Don's closest and best friend, companion and confidant, whom he could not miss a day seeing or talking to. Don doted upon his Godson, Chance, whom he considered "one of his own." And we cannot forget Ms. Lucy, who shared the recliner with him for many years.  Both Velma and Chance, as well as Ms. Lucy, are spiritually part of our family, and our hearts.
A special thanks to the staff at Brookdale Senior Living for making Dad feel so loved and cared for, most especially Candy, Christina, Norma, Kandy, Joe, Joe G., and of course George!
Don loved his family more than anything, and his heart hurt from the passing of his beloved son, Robert Joseph Deramee, wife Donna Lee Deramee,  grandson, Mark Anthony Deramee, great grandson, Maddox Alexander Naghwai, brothers Ross Eli, and Leon Andre Deramee, mother Ella Marie Deramee, and father Leon Joseph Deramee.
Don is survived by his eldest son whom he truly loved and adored, Donald Anthony Deramee, Jr. and his loving wife, Brenda; his second eldest son whom he equally loved and adored and cherished their talks, Ronald Sterling Deramee and his wife Jamie, otherwise known as "Doll"; his daughter Tina Michelle Chapman whom he never hid his love for, and her husband Vince who "is such a good man"; his step-son Kelly Wallace who touched him so deeply;  his step-daughter Terry Howell and her husband Doug who owned a very special piece of his heart; his coonass brother Noel Deramee whom he shared a special bond;  his loving companion who had the best recliner and best tv to watch Wheel of Fortune on, Velma Roos; his Godson he cherished and was so proud of, Chance Roos; furry friend, Ms. Lucy.  Grandpa is survived by his grandchildren Kathy Ferguson and husband Jason; Patty Naghwai and husband Karim; Crissie Warne and fiance Steve Axelrod; Bridgette Penel and husband Guillaume; Brandon Deramee; Corey Deramee and wife Jasmine, and due in December great granddaughter Lexington Jo; Cameron Deramee; Christina Chapman; Zachary Howell and wife Whitney; Megan Howell. Great-grandpa is survived by his great-grandchildren Dakota and Miranda, Brooke; Parker, Ariana, and Kash, Mikey and Samantha; Amelie and Max; Tinsley; his "buddy" Christian and "pistol" Hunter. And great-great grandpa is survived by his great-great grandson Blaine. Don is survived by many other family members, including nephews Michael and Dean.
Don had surrendered to God's will and had embraced our Father's loving mercy as he accepted his 7 year battle with kidney failure would soon end with his departure to Heaven.  And as relieved as Don was to end his suffering and the see the face of Jesus,