Clyde Roy DeRoche passed away on March 2, 2020 at the age of 85. Clyde is preceded in death by his parents Tensazy DeRoche and Florence Bech DeRoche and his siblings Ellis J. DeRoche, Atha D. Chevalier and Carl A. DeRoche. Clyde was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on May 15, 1934. From 1956 - 1958, he was a Petty Officer Third Class, stationed in Gulfport for the United States Navy. He was in the Seabee Construction Battalion and was deployed to the Naval Support Station in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. He owned and operated Service Electric, an electrical contracting company. He was a devoted father who enjoyed fishing and playing golf. Clyde was a problem solver who took on difficult projects and always created solutions. He once told one of his grandchildren, “I can fix anything but a broken heart.“ His grandchildren described him as humorous, creative, generous, loyal, loving and a good storyteller. Clyde is lovingly remembered by his “bride” (as he affectionately called her) of 61 years, Mary Virginia Niehues DeRoche, his children Denise Oliva (Nelson), Suzette Didamo (Frank), Dionne Freeman (Daniel) and Marc C. DeRoche (Jan), his grandchildren Jessica Jones (Joseph), Brittany Greiffenstein (Patrick), Derek Duhon (Amanda), Morgan Rathke (Richard), Taylor Duhon, Madeline Freeman, Cate Freeman, Blaise DeRoche, five great grandchildren; and his sister Ona D. Escott (John).
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass and a celebration of his life at 1:30 PM on Saturday, March 14, 2020 in the J. Garic Schoen Chapel of JACOB SCHOEN & SON FUNERAL HOME, 3827 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70119. Visitation will begin at 11:30 AM. Interment to follow in Greenwood Cemetery, 5190 Canal Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70124. In lieu of flowers, to honor Clyde’s tender heart towards children, the family requests memorial donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Blvd., Memphis, TN 38105 or via their website at www.stjude.org.
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