Lance Cpl. Leon B. Deraps
United States Marine
KIA 06 May 2006
19, of Jamestown, Mo.; assigned to the 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group,
I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; killed May 6 while conducting combat
operations against enemy forces in Anbar province, Iraq.
Tributes

This Memorial Page Established by- OFS
May 9, 2006
Jamestown, Missouri:
The family of Lance Corporal Leon B. Deraps USMC sincerely appreciates the outpouring of
prayers, love and support from the surrounding communities.  He loved his family, friends,
community, God and Country.
Semper Fidelis, (Always Faithful), Eagle Scout, Beloved Son, Best Friend and Brother. See
ya Later, Buddy.


Lance Corporal Leon Bertrand Deraps
United States Marine Corps

Leon was born at our Jamestown home on a bitter cold morning Nov. 13, 1986, our “Bonus
Baby”, strong with a sweet disposition.  As our “Caboose”, he was protected and raised by
his two older brothers who taught him take a punch and get up grinning, his three bossy
sisters who fought over the little guy too small to win an argument, his veteran Mom who
believes in meals to set your clock by, taught him the patience to pick a row of green beans
clean and to kneel at his bed and pray, his Marine Corps veteran father who taught him how
to hit the deck running, good to go, not to slouch at flag ceremony and how to sharpen his
knife, and a community best described as the “salt of the earth”. He grew up running in the
soft hills and creek bottoms of the Missouri River Valley. Always obedient, he was a good
student, anyone’s friend, loved by all, and answered to Buddy, Bud, Uncle Lon, Bert and Bird
Man.
Leon went through Cub Scouts, Webelos, and earned rank quickly in the Boy Scouts. His
achievements include 35 Merit Badges, the Order of the Arrow, a Rocky Mountain High
Adventure Trek, National Boy Scout Jamboree 2001, Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, a Philmont
Scout Ranch Expedition 2002, Cimarron, New Mexico, all troop leadership positions, many
service projects and Camporees. Under guidance from veteran Scouter, Richard Schroeder,
Leon’s Eagle project was the recovery of the abandoned Hardiman-Beatty AME Cemetery,
just north of Jamestown. He was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout on March 13, 2005.
Leon participated in many sports at Moniteau C-1 School in Jamestown including baseball,
basketball, track and field. He was also a member of the FFA. He was voted Prom King his
senior year, 2005. Leon enjoyed many outdoor activities including hunting, fishing and off-
roading with his Jeep (when he wasn’t pushing it!). He was an active member of
Annunciation Catholic Church, California, MO. Leon was employed at Advanced Chimney
Techniques of Jamestown, MO and Cal's Thriftway, California, MO before graduating high
school. He pre-enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in the fall of 2004 while a Senior in
high school. Leon graduated in May of 2005. He left for the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San
Diego, in June of 2005. Because of his Eagle Scout achievement, Leon entered the Marine
Corps as a Private, First Class.  In September 2005, he graduated from Basic Training with
many members of his proud family cheering him on. He went on to complete Marine Combat
Training at Camp Pendleton, California and Engineers School, Camp Lejeune, North
Carolina. With his training completed in February 2006, he was deployed with members of
his engineering unit to Falujia, Iraq. Leon died during combat operations against enemy
forces, May 6, 2006. However, “If the Army and the Navy ever look on Heaven's scenes, they
will find the streets are guarded by United States Marines”. He still stands his post and he’s
the one with the big grin, ear to ear.


Leon is survived by:

Parents,Sandy and Dale Deraps,
Sister, Dawn Cassil and husband Terry together with children Bethany Pethan and husband
Kurt and son Clayton of Prairie Home, MO; Kaylan Cassil and Hallie Cassil all of
Jamestown, MO
Sister, Omie Johnson and husband Jeff Johnson together with children Garrett and Baylee
all of Jamestown, MO
Brother, Cedar Deraps of Jamestown, MO
Sister, Regina Baepler and husband Mike with children William and Abraham, Thedford, NE
Brother, David Deraps and wife Naomi together with children Benjamin and Moriah,
Jamestown, MO
Grandfather,         Leon B. Deraps, St. Louis, MO
Many Aunts, Uncles, cousins, extended family and community

Memorial contributions can be made to:

Boy Scout Troop 120
C/O Julie Medlin, Cashier
Commerce Bank
209 East Main Street
California, Missouri, 65018

April 9, 2009
Sandy Deraps
Dear One, Just to let you know I miss you every day. Your memory of what a wonderful
faithful person you were will always direct my life to helping others and doing the best I can
always. Praying always to be with you in heaven. Your Mom

April 06, 2009
Malinda Fast
In Honor Of Leon Deraps

Feb 11, 2008
SFC Rod Brewer
LANCE CORPORAL Leon B. Deraps, Operation Iraqi Freedom,
6 May 2006. My condolences to the family and friends of Leon B.
Deraps. Christmas in Arlington... Rest easy, sleep well my brothers. Know the
line has held, your job is done. Rest easy, sleep well. Others have
taken up where you fell, the line has held. Peace, peace, and
farewell.... Leon, You Have Not Been Forgotten, Eagle Scout Fallen Teufelhunden...
Semper Fi... Rod.
Sign Guestbook