Michael DeRoch

Obituary of Michael Louis DeRoch

Michael Louis DeRoch was born on January 10, 1963 in Trenton, Michigan.   He was one of five children born to Leonard J. DeRoch and Gere A. (Plass) DeRoch. He was later blessed with two brothers and a sister from his father’s marriage to Cindy DeRoch.  Michael attended Taylor Center High School in Taylor, Michigan.   He spent more than thirty years employed as a Supervisor for Hydro Chem PSC.    

Mike had an adventurous spirit and never hesitated to take an impromptu road trip with his friends.   He traveled as far as New York and North Carolina on his Yamaha motorcycle.   Mike had a great appreciation for the outdoors and frequently camped in his pop-up trailer or if traveling light, pitched a tent.   He enjoyed any opportunity to lazily kayak down a river. Mike was a skillful survivalist and could fix anything. As a child he found it fun to take apart and rebuild transmissions. Mike was the proud owner of a classic checkered cab replica and enjoyed driving his Jeep Wrangler through the dunes.

A social person, Mike, liked to connect with people through his computer.   A member of the Monroe Giving Tree Facebook page, he often volunteered himself, to give people rides or bring them a meal. He frequently lent a helping hand to his elderly neighbors. Mike had a great fondness for cats. He often took in strays, who came and went freely through an outside door in his home.

Michael Louis DeRoch, age 58, of Monroe passed away unexpectedly at home on Wednesday; December 15, 2021.   His passing was preceded by his father: Leonard J. DeRoch; a nephew: Danzell “Danny” DeRoch; a niece: Lacoya DeRoch; and his grandmother: Alice Hollister.

To cherish his memory, he leaves his mother: Gere A. DeRoch; second mother: Cindy DeRoch; six brothers: Leonard DeRoch, Gerald (Charlene) DeRoch, Patrick (Lori) DeRoch, Daniel DeRoch (Carrie Pelt), Daniel (Jennifer) DeRoch, and Gregory DeRoch (Natalie); one sister: Mindie (Richard) Manley; many nieces and nephews; his close friends who were like brothers: Donnie (Mary) Bundy and Shawn (Renee) Irvine, with whom Mike had been inseparable since childhood; and feline friends: “Felix”, “Peanut”, “Elsie”, and “Shadow”.

Friends may gather on Wednesday; December 22, 2021 from 2:00pm until 6:00pm at Merkle Funeral Service, North Monroe, 2442 North Monroe Street, Monroe, Michigan 48162 (734) 384-5185.   A Celebration of His Life and Sharing of Memories will begin at 6:00pm also at Merkle’s.

Online guests may leave words of inspiration and comfort or share a photo by visiting www.merklefs.com.  

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Wednesday
22
December

Gathering for Michael Louis DeRoch

2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Wednesday, December 22, 2021
Merkle Funeral Service North Monroe
2442 North Monroe Street
Monroe, Michigan, United States
734-384-5185
Visitation
Wednesday
22
December

Celebration of Life for Michael Louis DeRoch

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Wednesday, December 22, 2021
Merkle Funeral Service, North Monroe
2442 North Monroe Street
Monroe, Michigan, United States
734-384-5185
Service
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