John Deschu, Sr.

Obituary of John C. Deschu, Sr.

John C. Deschu, Sr., 91, died on Thursday at Fellowship Village in Basking Ridge. Born in New Brunswick, he lived in Bound Brook from 1944-96 before moving to Long Beach Island. He was a 1936 graduate of Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and was named Best Senior of Rutgers Agricultural College. He was President of the Honorary Agricultural Society and a member of Alpha Zeta for 3 years. Nicknamed the little giant, he was a quarterback for the Rutgers 150 lb. football team. He wrestled for the Varsity team for 4 years and played lacrosse for 2 years. John retired from Deckers Dairy in Hightstown in 1979 after 31 years where he was Vice-President and General Manager. He was President of the NJ Milk Industry Association from 1975-77. He was a member of the Bound Brook-Middlesex Rotary Club and a member of the Beach Haven Yacht Club. He loved woodworking, photography, golf, bowling, gardening, spending time at the beach with his family and friends, and was an avid Yankees fan. As a member of St. Josephs Church, he volunteered his carpentry skills to the Convent and at the age of 89 he participated in Habitat for Humanity in W. Virginia. Husband of the late beloved Carol Eichler Deschu, he is survived by his devoted children: Yvonne Whitaker and husband Allen of Williamsburg, VA, Carol Ann VanHise-Leiz and husband Robert of Martinsville, John C. Deschu Jr. and wife Cathleen of Center Valley, PA, Dennis Deschu and wife Catherine of Yardville; his brother Casper Deschu and wife Florence of Flemington. Also surviving are his grandchildren Kim, Carol, Christine, Kevin, Carrie, Christopher, Jennifer, Daniel, Michele, and Michael; and 8 great-grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 am Monday in Blessed Sacrament Church, Martinsville. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Johns memory be made to the American Cancer Society, 895 Middleground Blvd, Suite 154, Newport News, VA 23606 or to the VNA Hospice of Somerset Hills, 12 Olcott Ave., Bernardsville, NJ 07924.
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