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Derick E. Schubert Obituary
Derick E. Schubert
Derick E. Schubert, 21, of Coopersburg, died in his home Monday, February 14 after a three-year battle with brain cancer. Born in Allentown, Derick lived his whole life in Coopersburg. His short life was full of adventure, learning, and dedication to serving others. Derick was in the Spanish immersion program at Liberty Bell Elementary School, where he became fluent in Spanish, and he graduated from Southern Lehigh High School in 2008 with high honors. He was active in his high school band, in which he played percussion, especially the bass and snare drums. Derick was expanding his musical interests by learning to play the guitar in his last couple years. He attended both Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, where he was awarded the Rensselaer Medal Scholarship for academic excellence, and Lehigh Carbon Community College in Schnecksville, where he was in the honors program. His wide array of academic interests varied from science, engineering, and architecture to education, Chinese, and East Asian culture. Outside of school, Dericks interests included reading, drawing, weaponry, cars, cooking, technology, camping, and tree climbing. Derick was an active athlete, competing in track and cross country in high school. He was also engaged in archery, shooting a traditional recurve bow in competition. In addition, Derick enjoyed long-distance bicycling and weight training. His primary athletic interest, however, was in the martial arts, which he started as a small child and continued to the end. He earned a black belt and was an assistant instructor in kyokushinkai karate, and was also active in kung fu, qi gung, and tai chi. Derick adopted martial arts as more than just sport, though; martial art philosophy became his lifestyle. The principles of discipline, hard work, honor, and respect for others are all emphasized by traditional martial artists, and Derick worked to exemplify all those qualities in his everyday life. Though his life was not long, Derick took more initiative and did more to serve others than many people do in a life several times longer. He participated in a service trip to the Dominican Republic, where he helped build hurricane-resistant houses for a community of underprivileged people and translated for medical practitioners treating sick patients there. Derick also co-founded and co-organized a benefit concert called Starving Hunger with his best friend Dawer Jamshed; they successfully raised more than $1,000 to combat world hunger through UN Hunger Relief. He also volunteered at the Southern Lehigh Public Library, helped with community services rendered through the Boy Scouts of America, participated in church fundraisers, and volunteered at Lehigh Valley Martial Arts. His essence of generosity and caring was apparent in his daily actions towards family, friends, and strangers, and will live on in the spirits and lives he touched. Survivors: Derick is survived by his parents, Anne and John Schubert, of Coopersburg; a sister, Marie Schubert, of Shrewsbury, MA; a grandmother, Jane Schubert, of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL; six aunts and uncles; and nine cousins. Service: A service of thanksgiving and celebration of Dericks life will be 11 a.m. Saturday, February 19, 2011 at St. Johns United Church of Christ, 538 Thomas Street, Coopersburg. Calling hours will be held 6-8 p.m. Friday at the church. Online expressions may be recorded at www.heintzelmancares.com. Arrangements by the Heintzelman Funeral Home, Inc. Hellertown. Contributions: In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to United Nations World Food Programme or The Blue Star Connection, an organization that donates musical instruments to young adult cancer patients. Please forward all donations in care of the Heintzelman Funeral Home, 326 Main Street, Hellertown, PA 18055.
Published in Morning Call on Feb. 16, 2011
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