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Dero Matthew Maples
1937 - 2017

Dero Matthew Maples, Jr., 79, passed away on Friday, Feb. 24, in Iowa Park.

A celebration of life was held Monday at Dutton Funeral Home. Burial was held in Abilene at the Texas State Veterans Cemetery.

Dero was born July 18, 1937, in Bakersfield, CA., to the late Dero and Sarah (Mayes) Maples. He spent 23 years serving in the US Navy earning the rank of CW03 upon retirement.

He is preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Nina Board and Melba Fleenor, and Corrine Barnes; and granddaughter, Savannah Leigh Smith.

Survivors include his wife, Judy (Pharis) Maples; six daughters, Debra Garcia, Deann Merrick, Laniece Standon, Karla Beltramini, Robin Smith, and Joy Williams; one son, Steven Maples; two sisters, Ina Mae Higgins and Gladys Maples; 15 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Memorials are suggested to Texoma Cancer Center.

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