Douglas E. Derck

October 13, 1954October 11, 2021

Douglas Derck passed away unexpectedly on October 11, 2021, at the age of 66.

Doug was born in Fort Wayne on October 13, 1954, to Richard and Suzanne (Bobay) Derck, better known as Dick and Tootie. As a child, Doug spent much of his time having a wonderful time (and mostly finding trouble) with his many siblings and cousins, aka the Auburn Road Runners.

On one fateful night in August 1981, Doug met his soon-to-be wife and best friend, Joyce Dillon, at a local bowling alley. In her version of the story, she asked him how he was bowling, and he said, "pretty well". However, he told people for years to come that he had a perfect 300 going until he saw her. Doug and Joyce married in 1983 and relished in raising their sons Logan and Brandon.

In addition to bowling, Doug enjoyed boating, fishing, and spending time at the lake; watching Notre Dame football and Indiana University basketball; playing Euchre; and tinkering around the house on things that may not even be broken yet. His smile was contagious, and he excelled in making people laugh and enjoy life. More recently, he especially loved spending time playing with his two grandchildren, Kingsley and Miles.

Doug spent most of his career as a journeyman pipefitter and was a member of the Plumbers and Steamfitters Local Union 166 for 34 years before retiring in 2015.

Doug is survived by his wife, Joyce; sons Logan and Brandon; daughters-in-law Christine and Cassie; grandchildren Kingsley and Miles; siblings Mike, Mark, Lisa and Jon; sisters-in-law Linda, Nancy, and Carol; and a multitude of nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

A celebration of life will be scheduled in the coming months for family and friends to gather in the way Doug would have preferred. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please consider donating to one of the causes he cared about most: Alzheimer's Association, American Cancer Society, or the Advocate NICU Giving Tree.

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Jodi Halleran

October 17, 2021

Joyce and Family,

We will always cherish great memories of our dear friend Doug at the lake. Such a great person- if you knew him, you couldn’t help but love his great personality! It was so heartwarming to see him with his grandchildren and pets- he was such a natural with both. So many beautiful lake times; it just won’t ever be the same. We’re sending love to all of you.

Jodi, Marty, and Shae

chris riley

October 16, 2021

Dear Joyce, Logan and Brandon...we just returned home from a trip to find out that Doug had died unexpectedly. I just don't even know where to begin when it comes to sharing. We were neighbors for so long and literally raised our boys together. That includes all kinds of memories and times of laughter and tears. You were the best people we could have ever hoped to share our lives with, and we missed you so much when you moved. Knowing you were headed to lake life and some relaxing times together, we were so happy for you and all that life was bringing to you as Logan and Brandon became wonderful adults.
Doug was an exceptionally good man. There is simply not enough room to list all that he was to you, and to others. The world lost one of the best, and we mourn with you on his passing.
We would be honored to know when to help celebrate his life, because it is surely a life worth the celebration.
Hugs and love,
Chris and Paul

Shariq & Ayesha Syed

October 16, 2021

Sending love and hugs to Logan and his beautiful family.

Kelly Meinerding

October 14, 2021

Doug was super special! He surely kept us laughing! I had so many great memories at his moms house. Always a jokester! I will always treasure the great memories! I will miss you, but will never forget you❤️

Kelly Bird (as he would call me☺️)

Kristen (Houck) Randolph

October 14, 2021

I was extremely saddened to hear about Doug's passing! He was one of the group of bowlers that my parents hung out with while us kids were growing up. I thought of them as aunts and uncles... getting paid to fetch beers and hanging out with their kids! Though the years have passed, when I saw the group again when my dad was sick in May, it seemed like no time passed at all! They were all still as ornery as they were years ago. Hope all that got to enjoy time with Doug remember his contagious smile to help them through this difficult time.

Lonnie and Judy Miller

October 13, 2021

We will never forget our friendship and the good times we had together as neighbors at the lake. Forever in our hearts!