Oklahoma tornadoes: Woodward 10-year-old, dad killed by twister remembered by friends, co-workers

Rose Marie Juul and her father, Derrin Juul, died in the tornado that hit Saturday in Woodward. So far, six people have died, and 31 people were injured.
BY JACLYN COSGROVE jcosgrove@opubco.com Modified: April 17, 2012 at 10:52 pm •  Published: April 17, 2012

Shawn Adams stayed with the bodies of his neighbors until 4:30 a.m. when they were picked up.

Rose Marie's school

The first day students returned to Fargo Public Schools, a group of children came together at recess and discussed the things they liked and missed most about classmate Rose Marie Juul.

“A little boy who's in first grade said, ‘I miss seeing her because she was always smiling. Even if she was having the worst day of her entire life, she was always smiling,'” Shawna Adams, Rose Marie's neighbor and close friend, said Tuesday.

Shawna Adams, a sixth-grader at Fargo Public Schools, was one of Rose Marie's first friends in Fargo. The girls' houses were only half a mile apart, and it was exciting when the Juul family moved in because it meant Shawna Adams had other children to play with.

Shawna and Rose Marie sat together on the school bus almost every day.

Rose Marie befriended many children at Fargo who didn't have any friends but her, Shawna Adams said.

The friendly and energetic girl played recorder in band and was a good singer. Her favorite song the kids sang at school was “Yankee Doodle.”

Rose Marie always had an art project. For example, she liked to make books of pictures that she had drawn.

“For her, at her young age, she's a very, very talented little girl,” Shawna Adams said.

On Tuesday, Fargo students wore pink, Rose Marie's favorite color.

“Rose Marie is one of the people I will always miss,” Shawna Adams said. “It's one of the hardest things. She was like my sister.”

Dad was a veteran

Derrin Juul died as he tried to save his two youngest daughters from the tornado speeding toward their home.

Their home sat about 20 feet from a storm shelter with about a dozen steps down to safety.

Derrin Juul was a Marine who had served in Operation Desert Storm, said Shawn Adams. He was from Santa Rosa, Calif.

Derrin Juul worked at an oil services company as a nitrogen pump operator. He had worked in the oil field for about 15 years, his supervisor Jeremy Perron said.

Juul was the first person Perron hired. He soon knew exactly why he hired Juul. Even though Juul's job was as a nitrogen pump operator, Juul was always more than willing to help fix equipment and teach co-workers about how to safely do their jobs. He was always the first guy to arrive and one of the last people to leave.

Perron remembered Juul's excellent sense of humor. Often, Juul would crack a joke during a work meeting and lighten the mood.

And his children adored him, Perron said.

“Every time I seen him around his kids, they just latched onto him,” Perron said. “He was always, always very respectful to his wife. A lot of guys out there on location call home and check in at night. You hear some guys get a little snotty or get rude — never him — always ‘I love you, how was your day?'”

Juul knew he wasn't perfect, and he strived to be better. About four months into Juul's time at his job, Perron had to write him up and tell him to take a few days off.

“And he cried in my office,” Perron said.

From that day on, Perron never had an issue with Juul. Because of Juul's hard work over the past year, Perron had recently promoted Juul to a field safety position.

Perron said Juul is one of the reasons the company has been successful.

“There is not a second Derrin Juul that will ever replace him,” Perron said. “Impossible.”


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