TREMONT - Derek A. Sauder, 40, of Tremont passed away peacefully into eternity at 8:28 a.m. Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
He was born April 4, 1974, in Pekin to Steven E. and Mary A. Woerner Sauder. He married Leann Stoller on March 16, 2003, and she survives.
Also surviving are his parents of Tremont; his children, Lexi, Wesley, Whitley and Lainey Sauder, all at home; two brothers, Doug (Brooke) Sauder of Washington and Brent (Janelle) Sauder of Tremont; and his paternal grandparents, Earl and Glenna Sauder of Tremont.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Chris and Wilmina Woerner.
Derek graduated from Tremont High School in 1992 and the University of Illinois in 1996. He worked many years at Precision Planting in Tremont, helping farmers across the country improve their operations by innovating new planting equipment.
He was very passionate about serving his Lord, his wife, his children, his employer and their customers and his coworkers.
Since May of 2011, he battled brain cancer, striving to continue his passions while his health declined.
His funeral will be at 10 a.m. today, July 4, 2014, at Apostolic Christian Church in Tremont. Ministers of the church will officiate. His family received friends for calling hours from 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Apostolic Christian Fellowship Hall, 601 S. Chestnut St., Tremont, and will also receive friends for calling hours from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. today at the church. Burial will be in Apostolic Christian Cemetery in Tremont.
Davis-Oswald Funeral Home in Tremont is handling the arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the Sauder Children Fund established at Tremont Community Bank.
To express condolences online, visit www.davisoswaldfh.com.