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William W. DeRusha Sr., 89, formerly of North Fourth Street, died Tuesday (Dec. 18, 1990) in Newfane Inter-Community Memorial Hospital after a short illness.

Born in Niagara Falls, he lived in Lewiston for 40 years.

DeRusha worked as a pipe shop foreman for Olin-Mathieson Corp. of Niagara Falls for 25 years, retiring in 1965.

He was a Navy veteran, serving in the shore patrol.

DeRusha was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Lewiston and Ransomville Lodge 551, F & AM. He also was past commander of the Knights Templar Commandery of Niagara Falls; Niagara Chapter 200, Royal Arch Masons of Niagara Falls; Ismailia Temple; Niagara Radio Club; Niagara County RACES Association, and the Niagara Rocks and Mineral Club and was active in Civil Defense during World War II.

His wife, the former Reta M. Steigerwalt, died May 9.

Survivors include two daughters, Patricia Murray of Williamsville and Pamela Condren of Ransomville; two sons, James O. of Barker and William W. Jr.; 10 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the Hardison Funeral Homes, North Fourth and Ridge streets. Burial will be in North Ridge Cemetery, Cambria.

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