J. J. “Jay” DeRousse

Print Obituary
J. J. “Jay” DeRousse, 84, of Belleville, IL, formerly of Edwardsville, IL, born December 4, 1935, in Modac, IL, died Sunday, August 9, 2020, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Mr. DeRousse was a Certified Public Accountant and the owner of the DeRousse Thompson CPA Firm in Edwardsville and Collinsville, IL, retiring in 1993. He earned an Associate of Business Administration degree followed by a Bachelor of Accounting degree from Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO, graduating in 1964, and was a licensed CPA in both Illinois and Missouri.  Jay was a life member of the Illinois and Missouri Society of CPA’s and was a past-member of the Toastmasters International.

He was a 52-year member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Edwardsville, IL, where he taught religion and catechism classes.  Upon moving to Belleville, he joined St. Teresa’s Catholic Church and has been a member there for the last eight years and member and Treasurer of St. Teresa’s Young at Heart. The ultimate handyman, Jay could fix anything and spent his early retirement years rehabbing homes, and most recently served on the board for his local homeowners’ association.

Preceding him in death are his parents, Elmer J. and Marjorie I. Brewer DeRousse; a sister-in-law, Marlene DeRousse; and a brother-in-law Orville John Wellen.

Surviving are his loving wife of nearly 64 years, Loretta Shashek DeRousse, whom he married on November 17, 1956;
five children, Cheryl (Daniel) Bernhardt of Lake Waukomis, MO,
Deacon Timothy J. (Laura) DeRousse of Belleville, IL, Lisa (Scott) Anderson of Houston, TX,  Renee (Lynn) Manley of Godfrey, IL,
and Jayne (Emery) Corley of St. Louis, MO;
13 grandchildren, Colleen Hartness, Shannon Spieler, John D. MacDonald III,
Ashley Bradley, Jonathan DeRousse, Tyler Anderson, Heather Anderson, Michael Show, Jayme Herbstreit,
Carole Manley, Benjamin Corley, Ryan Corley, and Kathryn Corley;
10 great-grandchildren;
a brother, Everett DeRousse of Lee’s Summit, MO;
a sister, Darlene (Donald) Nitzche of St. Charles, MO;
a sister-in-law, Doris Wellen of Washington, MO;
and nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to St. Teresa’s Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, or St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Edwardsville, IL, in the form of masses to either church.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Thursday, August 13, 2020, at St. Teresa’s Catholic Church, Belleville, IL. Standard CDC guidelines, including masks, will be in place upon entrance.

Funeral:  A funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. at St. Teresa’s Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. David Darin officiating.

Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. at Calvary Cemetery, Edwardsville, IL.


9 Comments on J. J. “Jay” DeRousse

Roger and Carol Hess said : Guest Report Aug 26, 2020 at 8:37 PM

Our sympathy to JJ's family and his siblings Everett and Darlene.

  • Ruma
  • IL
Pastor Regina said : Guest Report Aug 14, 2020 at 4:40 PM

So sorry to learn of Jay's passing via the obituary section of the Edwardsville Newspaper today. My thoughts and prayers are with you Loretta and the entire Family. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. Jay was free, joyful, and happy spirit.

  • Breese
  • IL
Susan Lucco said : Guest Report Aug 13, 2020 at 8:15 AM

JJ. Was the President of the Edwardsville Library Board. He was a good leader and taught me a lot. I appreciated his community service.

  • Edwardsville
  • Il
Jim & Zee Starr said : Guest Report Aug 12, 2020 at 11:39 AM

Loretta, Tim, Laura and Family, We are so very sorry to learn of Jay's passing. We enjoyed meeting and talking with him. He was a wonderful person. He will be missed.

  • shiloh
  • IL
Gail Eisenhart said : Guest Report Aug 11, 2020 at 3:42 PM

Allow me to extend my deep and sincere sympathy, Loretta, to you and to all the children. Jay will be missed; he made a deep and lasting impression on many people. I'm so glad we had the last year or so to renew our old friendship.

  • Belleville
  • IL
The Kindred Family, Lou, Carolyn and Valerie said : Guest Report Aug 11, 2020 at 1:53 PM

Our deepest sympathy to the DeRousse family on the passing of Jay.

  • Smithville
  • Missouri
Nancy Zahner said : Guest Report Aug 11, 2020 at 11:03 AM

I am sorry to hear about Jay. Please accept my sympathy Loretta. Jay was a good treasurer for Young at Heart. Very precise with his report.

  • IL
Sheila said : Guest Report Aug 11, 2020 at 8:15 AM

Cheryl, Tim, Lisa, Renee and Jane: I was so sorry to hear about your father. Your father was a wonderful person. He was a great person. You are all in my thoughts and prayers at this time. Sheila Terrando Edwardsville IL

  • Edwardsville
  • IL
Gould Family said : Guest Report Aug 11, 2020 at 6:36 AM

Please accept our deepest sympathy during this time. Our thoughts are with all of you and we have only the fondest memories of Jay. Thoughts and prayers are with you. Sharon, Brendan, Dianna and Erin Gould

  • Tampa
  • FL

Add Public Condolence

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked.