Beavercreek man became young Air Corps sergeant before long career

Thomas Derby, who became an Army Air Corps sergeant by age 19 and later was a longtime employee at Monarch Marking Systems in Ohio and California, died on Feb. 24. He was 91.

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Derby was born in Dayton on St. Patrick’s Day 1926, and the family moved to California in 1930 so his father could be the manager of the Monarch Marking Systems Los Angeles facility, according to his obituary.

He graduated from high school in California in 1944 and enlisted in the Air Corps, training as a B-29 gunner. After his service, he graduated from Loyola University and began his long service to Monarch Marking Systems.

An avid golfer, he lived in Beavercreek at the time of his death.

A memorial mass will be held on Saturday, March 10 at 10:00 am at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 411 E. 2nd St., Dayton.

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