Wayne Eugene DeRossett, 78, of Bolivar passed away early Friday morning, April 26, 2019, from complications of Parkinson’s disease.  

Wayne, the only child of Harold DeRossett and Maxine Bond DeRossett, was born in Morrisville on Oct. 7, 1940. 

Wayne married Norma Jean Sewell DeRossett on May 23, 1964. To this union were born two sons, Brent and Eric. Wayne was a member of First Baptist Church of Bolivar.

Wayne was a graduate of Morrisville Schools and was a member of the Morrisville High School class of 1958. Wayne went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in math from then-Southwest Missouri State College, and later a master’s degree in math education from then-Southwest Missouri State University.  

Wayne dedicated his professional life to educating young people, spending 34 years as a high school math teacher in Pleasant Hope Schools and retiring from Pleasant Hope in 2000 with a total of 37 years teaching high school in the local area. 

After his retirement from Pleasant Hope, he served 15 years as an adjunct math instructor at Southwest Baptist University. 

Countless students in the area benefited from Wayne’s superior teaching skills and mentorship. His faithful example of quiet and gentle strength will live on in the lives of his wife, his sons, his grandchildren and the innumerable students he taught over the years. 

Survivors included Norma DeRossett of the home, son Brent DeRossett of Ozark and wife Debbie, and son Eric DeRossett of Bolivar and wife Denise. Additional family survivors include the grandchildren: Garrett DeRossett of Brooklyn, New York, and wife Hope; Nathan DeRossett of Bolivar and wife Jordan; Regan DeRossett of Fort Collins, Colorado; and Aleena DeRossett of Bolivar. Wayne also leaves behind many beloved family members and friends. 

Services are being hosted by Butler Funeral Home of Bolivar. Visitation is from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at the funeral home. The funeral is at 10 a.m. Monday, April 29, at the funeral home with burial following at Slagle Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages memorial donations to the Wayne DeRossett Scholarship Fund.