Dwight DeRosear


12-7 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 30
Gerth Funeral Home

Family, 5-7 p.m.

Rosary said at 5 p.m.
Masonic services at 7 p.m.


1 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 1
St. John Catholic Church
Memphis, MO

Final Resting Place

St. Aloysius Cemetery
Baring, MO


St. Jude Children's Hospital

St. John Catholic Church

{Dec. 24, 1930 - Sept. 28, 2021}

Dwight Adrian DeRosear, 90, of Memphis died Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis.

He was born the son of Fred C. and Mabel Lenora (Warson) DeRosear on December 24, 1930 in Memphis.

Dwight graduated from Memphis High School in 1948. He graduated from Kirksville State Teacher’s College (now Truman State University) in 1952. Dwight enlisted in the United States Army upon graduation, and he served in the Korean conflict earning the rank of Staff Sergeant.

He married the former Joan Fetters on August 8, 1952 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Adair. She preceded him in death on March 31, 2019.

Dwight was employed with the United States Postal Service for 36 years, serving as postmaster at the Gorin and Memphis offices. Dwight and Mansel Garret owned and operated the Creative Printers and worked nights. Dwight worked at the Bank of Memphis for 17 years before retiring for a second time.

He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at an early age. He was a 60-year member and past Master of the Memphis Masonic Lodge #16 A.F. & A.M. Dwight was also a member of the Wallace W. Gillespie Memorial V.F.W. Post #4958 of Memphis, St. John’s Catholic Church, and set on numerous committees. He was elected to the Scotland County Health Department and then the Scotland County Hospital Board where he was recently recognized for 26 years of service. Dwight was a member of the Baring Country Club and served as Vice-President of the Board of Directors for a number of years. Dwight was a proud founding member of the Lady Baring Yacht Club, earning the title of Commodore.

Dwight loved and was proud of his family. He was happiest when his children, grandchildren, and friends were at the house. Dwight enjoyed entertaining by hosting “Happy Hour” several times a week – where he always enjoyed a Manhattan.

He was renowned for yelling “Mark Twain”, referencing the water depth, when a boat passed close to the cabin.

“It’s Red, It’s Hot, It’s Delicious” is still heard when grilling is taking place. Rallying the Yacht Club with a cheer of “Yachteneers: Yahoo” lives on.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Joan; parents; in-laws: John and Maymie Fetters; grandson, Joel DeRosear; sister and brother-in-law, Lois and Bob Ross; brother and sister-in-law, Dean and Margie DeRosear; brothers-in-laws and sisters-in-laws Mary and Jess Rockhold and Ellen and Ted Gundy.

He is survived by his children: Bridget (Dr. Robert) Megna of Heath, TX, Eric (Walla) DeRosear of Baring, Ann (David) Gray of Kirksville, Denise (George) Kramer of Forney, TX, David (Melody) DeRosear of Belton, MO and Gretchen (Tim) Melvin of Quincy; Linda Bell, who was treated like a daughter; grandsons: Seth Thomas, John (Sonja) Megna, Blake DeRosear and special friend, Amber, Colin Melvin and special friend Megan, Jonathan Melvin and Landon Melvin and special friend, Jocelyn; great grandchildren, Miles Thomas and his fiancé, Jenna, and Madelyn Thomas; sisters-in-law Betty Fetters, Irene Kazwara, Mildred (Ron) Klem; brother-in-law, John (Marilyn) Fetters; along with several nieces and nephews.

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  1. So sorry to hear of Dwights passing. He was a great man. He always had a friendly word to say when you would visit with him. He will be missed. Prayers for the family.

    Comment by Billy Becraft on September 29, 2021 at 7:53 am
  2. Ann, may his memory be a blessing & may those wonderful memories bring comfort to you & your family.

    Comment by Wayne on September 29, 2021 at 10:17 am
  3. I’m so sorry to hear of Dwight’s passing. May God’s hand of comfort touch all the family and friends. He was a great man filled with love. My love to all the family. We had alot of fun…God Bless. David Gardine…

    Comment by David Gardine on September 29, 2021 at 12:21 pm
  4. Sorry to hear of your dad’’s passing. Prayers for the family.

    Comment by Phyllis Webb on September 29, 2021 at 8:40 pm
  5. Spent many days/nights at the DeRosear home while growing up. I remember Dwight piercing my ears using the potato method. Great times and memories. Keeping the family in my thoughts and prayers.

    Comment by Sherry Bullock Hilpert on September 30, 2021 at 7:45 am
  6. We are so sorry to hear of Dwight’s passing. He left wonderful memories that will stay in your hearts always. We extend our sincerest sympathy and prayers to all of his family and friends.

    Comment by Richard & Pam Witherow & Family on September 30, 2021 at 7:51 am
  7. So sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Hugs and prayers to all of you.
    What a legacy!

    Comment by Randy & Mary Antal on September 30, 2021 at 9:43 am
  8. Sorry about Dwight. A great guy.

    Comment by Duane and Sandra Ebeling on September 30, 2021 at 12:14 pm
  9. Dwight was such a loving gentle man. I’m so very sad for all of his loving family & friends, but so happy for all of our Angels that he is joining! Angel of God, our Guardian Dear, to whom Gods love commits us here. Ever this day be at our sides, to light & guard, to rule & guide.

    Comment by Mary Vic (Orf) Long on September 30, 2021 at 3:17 pm
  10. I’m so sorry to hear of Dwight’s passing. He was always so pleasant and friendly. My condolences to all of his family and friends.

    Comment by Deborah Fischer Bradley on September 30, 2021 at 5:43 pm
  11. So sorry for your loss. What a great man.

    Comment by Gail & Cathy Jo Farley on October 1, 2021 at 7:04 am
  12. So sorry for your loss. Dwight was a friend of all in Gorin and especially my dad, Weldon Tague, who worked with him a.t the post office. He will be missed, but leaves a wonderful legacy in his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

    Comment by Kenny and Sherrill Clatt on October 1, 2021 at 7:37 am
  13. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I pray your memories and the love your dad had for you bring you much comfort.

    Comment by Kathy Young on October 1, 2021 at 9:39 am
  14. So sorry to hear of Dwight’s passing. He was such a wonderful man. May Family and Friends find peace and comfort during this difficult time. Rest in peace Dwight., You will be greatly missed.

    Comment by Janice ( Orf ) Seeley on October 1, 2021 at 6:58 pm
  15. We are so sorry for your loss. Prayers, hugs, and love to all of you.

    Comment by Julie, John, and Vivian Reardon on October 1, 2021 at 7:10 pm
  16. So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Comment by Jon & Barbara McKinney on October 1, 2021 at 11:21 pm
  17. So sorry to hear this! Dwight was a wonderful person, a great friend, and a blessing to work with. He will be missed by so many.

    Comment by Carrie L Gavin on October 2, 2021 at 2:08 pm
  18. So very sorry for your loss. What a find man and a pillar of the community. I remember what good friends our parents were. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Comment by Teresa Keith on October 4, 2021 at 6:12 am
  19. So sorry to hear of Dwight’s passing. My prayers to the family.

    Comment by Thomas W Waters on October 5, 2021 at 8:47 am
  20. Deepest Sympathy to the family of Dwight DeRosear. This news is almost too hard to bear. I will miss Dwight and Joan always, what kind and wonderful people they were.

    Comment by Bonita Kish on October 5, 2021 at 9:47 pm

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