John Derrell

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John H. Derrell, 73, of Belleville, Illinois, died Friday, August 5, 2016, at his residence. John was born October 28, 1942 in Leavenworth, KS, the 2nd born of James S. Derrell Sr. and Dorothy Mae Ellis Derrell. He was preceded in death by both parents and a sibling, Matthew Thomas.

John was a graduate of Immaculate Conception Grade School, Immaculata High School and Donnelly College, all in Leavenworth, KS. He then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force as an air man. After 9 years, through the Air Force, he returned to college and received his commission as a 2nd Lt.  After 24 years in the service and 3 years in Viet Nam, he retired as a captain.

John was united in marriage May 6, 1992, to Barbara Jo. She preceded him in death on October 25, 2013.

Survivors include 3 step-children Betty J. Perry, Schamaka S. Bates, and Albert Bates, who all lovingly called him papa;
eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
John also leaves three siblings, James Jr., Mary and Nathaniel;
a host of nieces and nephews;
special cousins;
and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Immaculate Conception Church. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, August 12, 2016, at 9:30 A.M. at Immaculate Conception Church, 711 North Fifth Street.

Interment will immediately follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery.


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