Reuben D. Deerhake, 84, of 17226 N. 130 Ave., Sun City West, Ariz., died at 1:30 a.m. Thursday, March 7, 2013, in Sun City West.
He was born on June 22, 1928, in New Knoxville, the son of LeRoy and Laura (Vordermark) Deerhake.
He married Pauline Howard on May 10, 1947, and she preceded him in death on Nov. 22, 2012.
He is survived by his three brothers, the Rev. Marvin (Mary) Deerhake of Bicknell, Ind., Robert (Sandy) Deerhake of New Knoxville and Gene (Mary) Deerhake of Marblehead.
He is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and by a brother, Lee Deerhake.
Reuben was a 1946 graduate of New Knoxville High School and a graduate of Antioch College in Yellow Springs, and the Spartan Aeronautical School in Tulsa, Okla.
He was a veteran of the United States Merchant Marines. He was an avid pilot and charter pilot and was the founder of the Neil Armstrong Airport in New Knoxville.
He was a member of the First United Church of Christ in New Knoxville.
Reuben retired from Eastman Kodak Research Center in Rochester, N.Y. He was a research engineer.
Funeral rites will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the First United Church of Christ in New Knoxville, the Rev. Dr. David Williams, officiant.
Burial will follow at Pilger Ruhe Cemetery.
Friends may call from 1 p.m. until the time of services on Sunday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given to the Student Seminary Educational Grant Fund of the church.
Condolences may be sent to Reuben’s family via MillerFuneralHomes.net .
Funeral arrangments are under the direction of the Vornholt-Miller Funeral Home, New Knoxville.