SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa. - Gordon E. Derrick, 92, of Shinglehouse, passed away Wednesday (Dec. 26, 2012) in his home after a short illness.
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Born July 26, 1920, in Dunmore, he was a son of Emmitt and Edna Miller Derrick. He was formerly married to Marjorie D. Singer Derrick. On Sept. 18, 1983, in Eldred, he married Kathleen Murphy, who survives.
As a teenager, he joined the Civil Conservation Corps, for which he served in Hagerstown, Md. Mr. Derrick served in the Merchant Marines during World War II. He also was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
He lived for many years in Reeders, where he built his first house. While living in Reeders, Mr. Derrick, along with his brother Emmitt, had a plumbing and heating business. He later worked as a pipe fitter, working at several nuclear power plants. He moved to Eldred in 1978. In 1988, he moved to Shinglehouse, where he built his second house at the age of 68.
Mr. Derrick had been a member of the Myrtle Gospel Tabernacle since 1983.
Surviving besides his wife are a son, Thomas (Rose) Derrick of Shinglehouse; a daughter, Carol Woods of Brookfield, Vt.; a stepson, James (Jihee) Murphy of Rhode Island; two stepdaughters, Sharon (Jeffery) Gilbert of Ann Arbor, Mich., and Bonnie (Joseph) Block of Churchville; 16 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; two sisters, Martha Butz and Jane Kintner, both of Stroudsburg; a brother, Raymond Van Buskirk of Stroudsburg; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Derrick was predeceased by a brother, Emmitt Derrick; and two sisters, Isabelle Van Buskirk and Mary Otto Lesoin.
Private burial services were held in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday (Jan. 5, 2013) at the Myrtle Gospel Tabernacle with Pastor Curt MacDonald officiating.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
A fond memory of Gordon may be expressed at www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com.
Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home
118 South Union St.
Shinglehouse, PA 16748
Published in The Olean Times Herald from Dec. 28, 2012 to Jan. 27, 2013