Derek John Culver, 56, met his savior Jesus at the Celtic Healthcare Hospice Unit in Wilkes-Barre on Friday, June 7, 2013, after a hard-fought battle with esophageal cancer.
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Derek was born at the Nesbitt Hospital in Kingston on Sept. 18, 1956. He was a resident of Dallas, where he proudly lived and worked for most of his life.
Derek graduated from Tunkhannock Senior High School in 1974. He was an active member of the swimming, track and intramural volleyball teams. He enjoyed hiking, camping, playing racquetball, kayaking, reading, playing the guitar, playing cards and going to the movies.
Derek was honorably discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps in 1976. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1982.
Derek worked for Yenason Mechanical, a plumbing and heating company based in Wilkes-Barre, for 20 years. He was one of its most talented and respected HVAC technicians.
Derek was preceded in death by his father, Richard David Culver; his stepmother, Joyce L. Culver; and his sister, Cynthia Louise Culver.
Derek is survived by his twin daughters, Samantha Laurel Culver, Dallas, and Sarah Caitlyn Kasson and her husband, Paul Michael Kasson II, and their children, Paul Michael Kasson III and Sierra Rose Kasson, Exeter; brother, Richard Clem Culver and his companion, Mary Taylor, Trucksville; brother, James David Culver and his wife, Carol Lisa Culver, Harveys Lake; and his sister, Suzanne Culver and her life partner, Denise Burd, Nanticoke. Derek also leaves behind three beloved cats, Jasper, Ronnie and Oskar.
Memorial service will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. on July 6 at Yeosock Funeral Home, 40 S. Main St., Plains Township. The family will be accepting donations toward a permanent memorial for Derek at that time.
Published in Times Leader on June 14, 2013