In loving memory of

May 11, 1957 - November 14, 2022

Paul Curtis "Duck" Derocha, 65, of Ishpeming, passed away on Monday, November 14, 2022 at Marquette County Medical Care Facility in Ishpeming.

Duck was born on May 11, 1957 in Ishpeming, a son of the late William and Clementine (Revedo) Derocha and was a lifelong U.P. resident. He was a 1975 graduate of Ishpeming High School and then attended Michigan Tech University.

Duck worked in the family restaurant business for many years. He later moved to Pelkie where he was employed by the Michigan State Department of Corrections in their food service department until he was injured there. His passion was Belgium horses and farm animals. At one time he owned 20 milking cows.

Duck also was a member of Marquette County Search and Rescue and was part of the original R52/131 accident extrication team, a position he held for many years with the Marquette County Sheriff's office. He was an EMT specialist and in 1982 received an outstanding achievement award for his leadership and dedication to the Marquette County Search and Rescue Unit.

Duck is survived by a sister, Mary Catherine Derocha of Apache Junction, AZ; two brothers, Roger (Carrie) Derocha of Lake Geneva, WI and Joseph Derocha of Champion; also several nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death besides his parents was a brother, Michael Derocha.

Visitation will take place on Friday from 3 to 4 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ishpeming. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the church at 4 p.m. with Rev. Ryan Ford, pastor, officiating. Spring burial will take place in the Champion Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Roger Derocha, Joseph D. Derocha, William Derocha, and Joseph J. Derocha.

Canale & Pennock Funeral Service of Ishpeming is serving the Derocha family where memories of Duck may be shared at


Sandra Di Bortolo wrote on Nov 22, 2022:

"I am writing on behalf of the Rovedo family in Italy, we are very sorry to hear this sad news.We extend our condolences to Duck's family. Sandra Di Bortolo and italian family"

Donald Manty wrote on Nov 19, 2022:

"I was a classmate Duck's, class of 1975, we were always aquaintences . I worked In EMS on the west end of the county and worked and trained alot with Duck. He was a good man who will be greatly missed. I extend my deepest sympathy to Ducks entire family. Sincerely, Don&Barb Manty."

Barbara Jean Sundberg wrote on Nov 18, 2022:

"The Derocha family was a big part of my life, especially when I was a teenager. I have so many special memories of each member of the family. However, Pauly was my buddy. He was like a big brother to me. A true friend. If I had car trouble, I called and he would without fail reply, ?where are you?? and he come to the rescue. I have way too many stories to write here. But I will always remember him fondly. Rest in peace, my friend. Until we meet again, Barbara Jean"

Carly Homburg wrote on Nov 18, 2022:

"I would like to express my sincere condolences to your family. Duck is in many of my favorite childhood memories. My dad would bring my brother and I to the Duck Stop on the weekend. My brother would ?help? Duck cook and I would watch and get to hear stories about my dad and the R52 team. Going to see Duck at the Duck Stop was a highlight in my childhood and I am forever grateful for the memories he gave my brother and I. Carly (Zorza) Homburg"

Linda Goodman wrote on Nov 17, 2022:

"We extend our sincere condolences to Duck's family. We remember him fondly and are very saddened for your tremendous loss. Linda and Gary Goodman "