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October 26, 1971 - December 8, 2018

In accordance with his wishes, cremation will take place and a celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, January 12, 2019, at First United Methodist Church, 212 S. Park St., Kalamazoo, MI 49007, beginning at 11:00 AM, with Rev. Julie Kline officiating. The family will receive friends at the church beginning at 10:00 AM, one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Rose Arbor Hospice Residence or the West Michigan Cancer Center, c/o the funeral home.

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Derek was truly a nice guy. He would always have something funny to say and put a smile on you face. We’ll miss him walking the dog in his yellow (maize) sweatpants.

Posted by Steve & Kellie Pijaszek on January 12, 2019

I was blessed to have the opportunity to work with Derek for the last 7-8 years. I will miss his smile, laugh and incredibly funny jokes! Derek was such an integral part of the office. He was so very proud of his family - he adored Molly & Hannah, along with his Mom & Dad. I would occasionally make dinner for the family and I would ask Derek what his favorite meal was. He always said "Baked Spaghetti". I then asked what his second favorite was and he would say "Baked Spaghetti". So Baked Spaghetti it was! Derek was a very special guy and the world is missing one of its brightest stars. Peace to you, My Friend.

Posted by Lynne Melvin on December 24, 2018

Only knew Derek from our golf league and he was one of those guys you looked forward to playing with. Always had a positive outlook and a great sense of humor. I will miss prayers are with the family.

Posted by Arthur Kidney on December 17, 2018

Derek was a great man and will truly be missed by many. Molly, Hannah and the entire family have been and will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Tammy & Sally on December 12, 2018

Derek was a great low key guy and will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.

Posted by David Lambright on December 11, 2018

Derek was a true gentleman but more importantly, a loving husband and devoted father. I was privileged to have spent many wonderful hours on the golf course with Derek as well as working with him on various financial projects. The Geerlings are in my prayers.

Posted by Sean Fitzgerald on December 10, 2018