Derek James Hill, of McKeesport, was born Oct. 29, 1986, and passed Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016. He was 30 years old. Derek was the son of Janice (Halaszynski) Rojas and stepson of Daniel Rojas. Derek enjoyed hunting and fishing. More than anything else, he loved spending time with his family. Derek was a humble person who cared deeply about helping others. He often spoke at NA meetings in an effort to save people from the pain he knew too well from his own life experiences. In addition to his mother and stepfather, Derek is survived by his maternal grandmother, Judith Halaszynski; brother, Sergeant (P) Hill, Dwight M III and sister-in-law, Kari, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; nieces, Taylor Elizabeth and Hope Marie; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Derek was preceded in death by maternal grandfather, James Halaszynski; and paternal grandparents, Dwight and Pearl Hill.
Family and friends will be welcomed from 2 p.m. until the hour of funeral service at 4 p.m. Thursday at WILLIG FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY.
If you knew Derek, please come and share memories and stories to celebrate his life with us; or, as a private ritual, bring a note or card that answers this question, "If you had just five more minutes with Derek, what might you want him to know?" Your special notes and cards will remain with him always. www.willigfuneralcremationservices.com