Thomas "Tom" Vincent DeRouchey, 45, Arizona, died Tuesday, March 16, 2004, at
Funeral services were held March 20 at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Avondale, Ariz.
Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Avondale.
Tom was born August 13, 1958, in Miller, South Dakota to Jerome and Betty (Peterson)
DeRouchey. He was a member of the Cheyenne River Lakota Sioux Indian tribe. He
learned to cowboy at a young age, as his father worked on numerous ranches in South
Dakota and Arizona.
It was in Phoenix, Ariz., Tom joined the Jr. ROTC at Maryvale High School. Upon
graduation in 1976, he joined the U.S. Army. After basic training and Army Security
Agency training, he was assigned to the border in West Germany at Eschwege. With an
honorable discharge from the Army, he went to Sheridan, Wyo., where he studied and
worked before moving back to the Phoenix area and working at a local dairy.
In 1988, Special Agent DeRouchey began his federal law enforcement career with the
U.S. Border Patrol in California. He joined the Investigations Division of the INS in 1991,
where he subsequently served in a series of management positions of increasing
responsibility, from Supervisory Special Agent with the Law Enforcement Center in
Vermont to the Assistant District Director for Investigations at the Atlanta District INS
Office of Investigations for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. As Interim
Special Agent in Charge, Tom coordinated the enforcement and investigation
operations for ICE in central and northern Arizona, including Yuma.
Prior to his appointment in Phoenix, he served as the Interim Director of the Immigration
Investigations program in Washington, D.C. In this capacity he helped the transition of
the investigations program of the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS)
into the newly established ICE under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
He was a highly valued, talented professional. He was deeply loved by his many nieces
and nephews and all his family.
He sponsored youth football programs. He felt deeply about his work and the problems
of illegal immigration to the U.S. He appeared on many television programs and gave
numerous press conferences in Arizona and elsewhere to highlight the illegal smuggling
organizations and their treatment of illegal immigrants.
He is survived by five brothers, Col. Terry (Leanne) DeRouchey, John DeRouchey, Bruce (Missy) DeRouchey, Jeffrey Horn and Jerome (Chris) DeRouchey, Jr.; three sisters,
Denise Salyers, Cindy (Walter) Loerzel and Patricia (Richard) Shore; and 25 nieces and
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jerry DeRouchey and Betty (Peterson) Horn.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association in memory of
Thomas V. DeRouchey
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