Bock Funeral Home

1500 Mt. Royal Boulevard
Glenshaw, PA 15116
412-486-8500

Obituaries:

Richard J. Derbis

Friday, July 24, 2020

Richard (“Dick”) Joseph Derbis, age 93, was greeted by angels on July 23, 2020.  He was born in Pittsburgh, son of the late John Andrew and late Theresa (Zajac) Derbis. He met the love of his life during a performance of the high school play, “The Princess of a Thousand Moons”, which he co-authored the script and wrote all the music.  He married Dolores (“Doll”) Irgang on August 12, 1950 at St. Gabriel’s Roman Catholic Church.  Theirs was a special love. They looked forward to celebrating their 70th anniversary in a few weeks. He had been a proud Northside resident until moving to Allison Park. Together, they had four children:  Major (U.S. Army, Ret.) Richard C. (Shirley), Ronald (Mary Ann), Robert (Lisa) and Diane (Vincent) Mezza.  He was proud of his seven grandchildren: Richard M. (LTC USAF Rachel), Stephen (Bethany), Rachel (Matthew) Stimmel, Ryan (Danica), Hannah (Trale) Merz, Austin and Jenna Derbis.  He was loving “Didi” and “Pap” to eleven great-grandchildren: Kayleigh, Richard F., Evelyn, Isaac, Lydia, Joseph, Connor, Wyatt and Madeline Derbis; Cora and Celia Stimmel. Dick served honorably in the U.S. Army during World War II.  He was awarded Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon, WWII Victory Ribbon, and the Army Occupation Medal (Japan). He also earned the Expert Infantryman Badge.  Dick was a vibrant and active man with many hobbies.  He loved hunting and fishing, gardening, jigsaw puzzles and customizing model airplanes.  He was always ready to do a magic trick or tell a joke. His love for gardening included a passion for making wine from the grapes he grew on vines which took over the back yard. He made his own customized bottle labels.  He was a devout Catholic and a member of St. Ursula’s Catholic Church. He and Doll loved hosting bus tours to local casinos.  In a nod to his proud Slovak heritage, he was a member of Jednota.  He and Doll were previously active members of St. Francis Xavier and North Catholic Booster Clubs.   He was also greeted by his siblings: Joseph, Emma, Agnes, John “Jack”, Martha, and Bill. He was one of a kind, loved by all and will be deeply missed. Friends will be received Saturday 6:00 to 8:00 PM and Sunday 1:00 to 3:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 at the Bock Funeral Home, Ltd. 1500 Mt. Royal Blvd. Glenshaw. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Ursula Church, Allison Park on Monday at 10:00 AM

Condolences

Brenda EicherBeard 24-Jul-2020 01:37 PM

Rich and Shirley and Derbis family,
Deepest sympathies and prayers that God will give you grace as you mourn your loss of this wonderful man and family patriarch.

George A. Polivka 25-Jul-2020 09:21 PM

So loved Dick and know that his suffering is over and he is in a better place. He will be missed by his loving family and friends.
You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

George & sheri

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