Keith L. DeRouchey, age 81 of Elk Point, passed away Sunday, June 16, 2013, at Prairie Estates Care Center, Elk Point. Cremation has taken place and no formal services will be held locally. Burial of Keith’s cremated remains and military rites will be in the Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis at a later date. Arrangements are pending under the care of the Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home and Crematory, Yankton.
Keith Louis was born on Aug. 1, 1931, in Hoven, to Jerome and Patricia Elizabeth (Schulte) DeRouchey. He worked for Jennings Brothers in Miller, from 1947-1952 as a farm hand. On Feb. 28, 1952, he entered into the United States Marine Corps serving during the Korean War and was wounded as a result of action with enemy forces for which he received a Purple Heart Medal. He was honorably discharged on Feb. 27, 1960. After his discharge, he lived in Arizona before returning back to Vermillion to work for his brother, David.
Keith is survived by his two brothers, Dr. Vincent Francis DeRouchey of Miller, and James Cletus DeRouchey of Frisco, TX; three sisters, Lorraine Margaret Werdel of Vermillion, Jane Clara DeRouchey of Vermillion, and Patricia Nation of Mesa, AZ.
He was preceded in death by his parents and five brothers, Donald Vincent, Carroll Jerome, Michael Paul, David Charles, and Jerome James.