DeRoo, Ron of Waterford; passed away unexpectedly February 6, 2012; age 59. Loving Husband of Katie; Beloved Father of Jeremiah, Collin and Lauren.
Son of Marion and Raymond DeRoo. Brother of Don (Jane) DeRoo. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Ron was a Husband, Father, Son, Brother and Friend to many. His passions were music, fishing and hockey. Ron was loved by many especially his students who he mentored and taught for nearly 30 years.
Funeral Service Saturday 3 pm at the Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home, Clarkston where friends may visit Friday 6-8 pm and Saturday 1 pm until time of service.
Ron DeRoo had just finished a musical chapter in his life with 25 years of teaching at Waterford Mott High School as Choral Director/Music Department Chairman.
During his tenure the music education program in Waterford, Michigan was honored with three consecutive years as Best 100 Music Communities in the country.
His twelve years at Oakland University as an Adjunct Professor includes teaching Music 200, “The History of Rock and Roll” to a capacity student enrollment each semester. He has won Downbeat Vocal Recording Awards with the Oakland University Vocal Jazz Ensemble and performed with the Glenn Miller Orchestra.
Mr. DeRoo earned a Bachelor of Music Education in Choral Music Education from Central Michigan University and a Masters of Music Degree in Class Piano Pedagogy from Oakland University. His passion for music lead him to teach college classes, accompany Oakland University’s Dance Program and free-lance as a jazz pianist/accompanist in the Detroit area.
Donations have been made to Charity Music of Michigan in memory of Ronald DeRoo by the following:
Adult Choir of 1st Congregational Church of Clarkston MI, Sally Albrecht, Gary & Donna Anemaet, Anonymous, Manny Arisso, Mark & Jacqueline Benson, Dr. Robert Borowiec, David Boyd, Tom & Amber Brock, Lesley Clairmont, Ray & Marion DeRoo, Robert Donelson, David Gregory, Lee Huff, Magelian Health Services, Harvey & Cheryle Kahl, James & Caro; Kolad, Patricia Kilgore, Julie Kohring, Michael & Eileen Kowall, Mary Lynn Kraft, Brittany Landry, Kristofer Libstaff, Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Lidenthal, Kathy & Rick Longo, Donald Marriott, Kevin Maurin, Anne McKennon, Mary & Warren Nakamura, Oakland County Children's Middle School, Jim & Renee Ochmanek, Randy & Kathy Rinna, Corinne Robinson, Rachael Rowland, Frank, Connie & Dawn Stancato, Jim & Jeanette Van Hulle, Jason Vega, Larry & Nancy Wanchik, Waterford Mott High School, Waterford Mott High (past & present) Students, Loraine Ziglia, and Brian, Julie & Joe Ziglia