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April 9, 2013

Walter Thomas 'Tom' Derengowski

HENDERSON, NEV. — Walter Thomas “Tom” Derengowski, 70, of Henderson, Nev., formerly of Cedar, Mich., passed away on Holy Saturday, March 30, 2013, after a battle with cancer.

Born Christmas Day 1942 in Detroit, he was the son of the late Walter and Helen (Stetz) Derengowski. He graduated from Pershing High School in 1960, then enlisted in the U.S. Army (Specialist Fourth Class), served in Korea and was stationed at Fort Devens in Massachusetts. Walt made his home in Detroit working as a draftsman and industrial engineer until 1972 when he decided to move his family north to Leelanau County. With the help of friends, he built a house near Lime Lake and taught his kids to pour cement, pound nails, and work hard. He was employed at various manufacturing companies, finishing his working career at Carpenter Enterprises as Logistics Manager. After retirement he moved west to Nevada. He enjoyed being a member of the American Eagles Club in Grawn, Mich., and in Henderson, Nev.

Those who knew Walt knew he was an avid sportsman and enjoyed the outdoors while hunting and fishing on Lake Michigan on his boat the Sixth Kid. He loved to watch movies, go for drives and eat ice cream.

Walt will be greatly missed by his long-time friend Dorothy Williamson of Henderson, Nev.; his five children, Adriene (Paul) Kokowicz of Glen Arbor, Mich., Sandi Danziger of Maui, Hawaii, Thomas (Anna) Derengowski of Charlevoix, Mich., Jane Boynton of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Tim (Cori) Derengowski of Grand Rapids, Mich.; his sister Barbara Cornelius of Port Huron, Mich., and brothers John Derengowski of St. Clair, Mich., and Chris Derengowski of Traverse City, Mich. Walt was the proud grandfather of seven as well as the uncle to seven nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be conducted at Noon on Friday, April 12, 2013, at the Palm Henderson Mortuary in Henderson, Nev., with burial at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City, Nev. More information is available online at www.palmmortuary.com, then click on Services & Obituaries. Please visit the online memorial and sign his guest book.

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