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Curtiss Deriso

According to his wishes, no memorial services will be held for Curtiss Jesse Deriso. His ashes will be scattered. Mr. Deriso passed away June 7 in Grass Valley. He was 85.

Mr. Deriso was born Oct. 11, 1921, to Jesse Miles Deriso and Thelma Dorthea Burke Deriso in Hope, Ark. Between June 1940 and September 1941, he served in the United States Army Air Corps. In 1941, he received an honorable medical discharge.

On Feb. 25, 1948, he married Margaret Jean Buchanan in Redwood City.



Mr. Deriso owned and operated children’s shoe stores for 18 years: Children’s Bootery at Oakridge Mall, and Tots and Teens at Princeton Plaza, both in San Jose; and Children’s Bootery at Ming Plaza, and Children’s Bootery at College Heights, both in Bakersfield. He retired in 1984 and moved to Grass Valley.

His hobbies included golf, gardening and trips to Reno, Nev.




Mr. Deriso is survived by his wife of 59 years, Margaret J. Deriso of Grass Valley; brothers Clifford J. Deriso of Dallas, Texas, and Bruce B. Deriso of San Jose; son, Michael K. Conley of Austin, Texas; daughters Lynn Black of San Pablo, Sydney Gargan of San Leandro, and Valerie Giammona of Grass Valley; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Thelma Deriso; daughter, Kimberly J. Rundel; sisters Nadine Haight, Genita O’Daniel and Fay Cabtree; and grandsons Vincent A. Black and Jeremiah Johnston.

Arrangements are under the direction of Chapel of the Angels Mortuary.


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