Juneau, Alaska resident, Chief Petty Officer, Jeffrey Paul DeRonde, 34, passed away in a river accident on Eagle River near Juneau on September 5, 2021. A military memorial service was held by the Juneau Coast Guard Command at Eaglecrest Ski Lodge, Juneau, Alaska, on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021. The service can be viewed on Facebook at MSTC Jeffrey DeRonde Memorial Service.
Jeff was born in Des Moines, Iowa on February 12, 1987, to Sandra Hampton and Larry DeRonde. From a young age, Jeff had a love for the outdoors. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, outdoorsman, canoeist, adventurer, traveler, experimenter, curious observer, rock hound, dog lover, horror movie enthusiast, soccer, football and basketball player. He was the quiet kid, but always the life of the party. The impact on people he met throughout his life was always immediate and lasting. His casual confidence, easy laugh, and immutable optimism drew people to him. Jeff was a person who lived life to the fullest and never turned down an adventure.
Jeff was a competitive and caring brother and uncle. His four nieces were drawn to his easy-going personality and his ever-lasting kid spirit that was always with him.
Jeff graduated from Chariton High in Chariton, Iowa, with high honors. He immediately enlisted in the United States Coast Guard completing his basic training at Cape May, New Jersey, again with high honors. His first assignment was aboard the USCGC ALEX HALEY at Kodiak, Alaska. In a continuous quest for adventure, he chose assignments in Long Beach, California; Afghanistan; Kuwait; Portland, Oregon; Dutch Harbor, Alaska; and Juneau, Alaska. Jeff met his love and wife, Rachael, while stationed in Portland, Oregon. They married on October 12, 2018.
A great leader and dedicated friend, Jeff was " a man of simple means ". His fellow Coast Guardsmen will miss his contagious smile and can do, carefree attitude. Not only did Jeff have a love for the Coast Guard, he was well-respected and looked up to by his fellow guardsmen acting as a mentor and leader. His dedication to the Coast Guard's Core Values of Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty is a model for all to follow. His love for his country, family, and friends is an inspiration to us all.
Jeff's military awards include an Army Commendation Medal, four Coast Guard Achievement Medals, an Army Achievement Medal, four Coast Guard Commandant's Letter of Commendation Ribbons, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NATO Medal, and many other team and unit awards.
Jeff is survived by his wife, Rachael Power, of Juneau, Alaska, his mother, Sandra (John) Hampton of Camdenton, Missouri, his father, Larry DeRonde (Meg Prange) of Russell, Iowa, his brother, Ryan (Emily) DeRonde, of Cambridge, Iowa, and nieces: Maci, Mackenzie, Rylie and Addison DeRonde. Step-brother and sister, Jon and Jovan Hampton of California, and loving uncles, aunts and cousins.
Jeff was preceded in death by his grandparents, Elmer and Pauline Vander Linden (Olivier) and Corneilius and Wilma DeRonde, all of Pella, Iowa. His uncle, Michael Harvey, and cousin, Chris DeRonde.
The family expresses heartfelt gratitude to the United States Coast Guard, Capital City Fire and Rescue, and Juneau Mountain Rescue for their recovery operations. The family asks that donations be made to Capital City Fire and Rescue and Juneau Mountain Rescue.