P. Louis DeRose III, 78, of Greensburg, PA died 14 November 2023 at Redstone Highlands in Greensburg. Born 16 April 1945 in New Kensington, Pennsylvania, to the late P. Louis and Antoinette (Salvatore) DeRose, Louis grew up in Arnold, PA and attended Bucknell University, graduating with his B.A. in 1967. He received his Juris Doctorate from Duquesne University School of Law, graduating in 1970.
It was at Bucknell that Lou met his future wife, Joan, who passed away in August. They were married in 1970 and settled in Greensburg. Lou practiced family law his entire career. He was a 53-year member of the Westmoreland and Pennsylvania Bar Associations and, a former solicitor for Greensburg Salem School District and the City of Greensburg Zoning Hearing Board.
His great interest in history led him on a journey supporting his local community. He was the former President of the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor as well as the Westmoreland Historical Society. He loved to research the history of places and things he loved - the Pennsylvania Railroad, New Kensington, Greensburg, and Hyannisport, MA. He even published a book on Greensburg in 2004. In recent years, Lou, with his wife Joan, spent countless hours assisting the Westmoreland Historical Society. He could be found hosting talks about various pastimes or behind the bar serving drinks!
Some of Lou’s favorite things to do were spending holidays with family, taking summer trips to Hyannisport Cape Cod, collecting model trains, watching old westerns, and enjoying social gatherings with friends, especially at the Westmoreland Polo and Hunt Club.
Lou is survived by two children, Peter A. (Kelly) DeRose of Bradenton, FL, and Catharine S. (Eric) Ackerstrom of Gaithersburg, MD; three grandchildren, Piper, Gage, and Matthew; a brother, David S. (Johnette) DeRose of Latrobe, PA; and a brother-in-law, Stephen W. (Kathryn) Henderson of Covington, GA; a niece and two nephews.
The family wishes to thank all those who rendered care to Lou the past ten months and especially Latrobe Select Specialty Care, Redstone Highlands, and Redstone Hospice Care.
Kepple-Graft Funeral Home in Greensburg is handling the arrangements.
There will be a public memorial service on Saturday, December 16, 2023 at 10am at First Presbyterian Church 300 S. Main Street, Greensburg. The burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Westmoreland Historical Society, www.westmorelandhistory.org.
For online condolences and information, please visit www.kepplegraft.com.