Derek Berghuis(1995 - 2014)

Derek Jeffrey Berghuis

Derek Berghuis, 18, Kaukauna, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, August 25, 2014. He was born October 14, 1995, son of Jeff Berghuis and Shelly (Weyenberg) Berghuis. Derek graduated from Kaukauna High School, Class of 2014. He has been employed at Larry's Piggly Wiggly for several years, and just recently started working at Fox Structures. He loved working with his hands, and was always helping others with projects. Derek was a good young man, always there for his friends and family, and wanted everyone to be the best they could. He was everybody's "Little Buddy."

Derek loved spending time up north. He enjoyed fishing, snowmobiling, four wheeling and spending time with family and friends in the Northwoods. Derek will truly be missed by the countless number of people whose lives he touched.

Derek is survived by his loving parents: Jeff (special friend Jodie Knutson) Berghuis, and Shelly Berghuis; a brother, Michael (Amy) Berghuis; a sister, Holly (Bradley) Verhovec; a nephew, Kadence "KC" Verhovec; cousin, like a brother: Tylere Berghuis; grandparents: Dan & Donna Weyenberg, Bob & Dolly Berghuis and Dale Marquardt; great grandparents: Gladys Zielke and Ciel Weyenberg; aunts and uncles: John (Dawn) Berghuis, Jim (special friend Becky Huss) Berghuis, Sara (Todd) Hietpas, Molly (Don) Vosters, Amanda Hanstad and Mindy (Mike) Hanstad; cousins: Kirsten, Kara, Makenna, Zack, August, Anna, Laura, Adam, Ellie, Evan, Grant, Caleb, Autumn, Hunter and Kendra; numerous step cousins; girlfriend, Kimmy Felicitas; special friends: Philip H., Adam S., Drew M. and Travis V.; and many other extended family members and friends.

Derek was preceded in death by his grandmother, Diane (Lenz) Marquardt; great grandparents: Melvin "Lefty" Weyenberg, Ves and Mary Berghuis, Jerome Vosters and Margie and Ray Heindl; and a great aunt, Bev Havel.

Funeral services will be held at 4:30 p.m. Friday, August 29, 2014, at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church, 323 S. Pine St., Little Chute, with Fr. Ron Belitz officiating. Visitation will be at the church on Friday from 12:30 p.m. until the time of the service. Condolences may be expressed by visiting In lieu of flowers, a memorial is being established in Derek's name.

The Berghuis and Weyenberg families would like to thank everyone for their love and support during this difficult time.


Funeral Home

Verkuilen-Van Deurzen Family Funeral Home
101 Canal Street Little Chute, WI 54140

Published in Appleton Post-Crescent from Aug. 27 to Aug. 28, 2014