John Derr
1942 - 2021
BORN
1942
DIED
2021
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Wiedeman Funeral Home & Cremation Services Inc
357 South Harrisburg St
Oberlin, Steelton, PA
John W. "Skee" Derr, 78, of Millville, Delaware, formerly of Camp Hill entered into God's arms on Tuesday, July 13, 2021. He was born in Harrisburg on October 21, 1942, the son of the late John and Blanche Derr. Skee was a graduate of John Harris High School, Class of 1960. After high school he enlisted with the United States Marine Corps. Skee was member of the Park Street United Methodist Church. His greatest joys were spending time with his grandchildren and family, playing drums, and Boy Scouts of America Troop 49. Skee was an avid snare drummer and served in the United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps. Throughout the years, he was a member of a number of different Drum and Bugle Corps including the Westshoremen, and the Westshoremen Alumni; Reading Buccaneers, and the Reading Buccaneers Alumni; and the New York Skyliners Alumni. Skee was a member of the John Harris High School Reunion Committee and gathered and provided historical information to his fellow alumnus. Skee is survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Connie Wertz Derr; three daughters, Denise (Dusty) Kruger, Stacey Derr, and Lori Derr; two stepdaughters, Monica Murphy and Melissa Murphy; 10 grandchildren, Alexa, Connor, Jason, Sarena, Mya, Christian, Isaac, Liliana, Joshua, and John III; and one niece, Debra Brown. Skee was preceded in death by his sister, Vonnie (Derr) Brown and his aunt, Fay Heim. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 22, 2021, at 11:00 am, in Camp Hill United Methodist Church, 417 S. 22nd St., Camp Hill, PA 17011, with the Rev. Dr. Jack Grove, and the Rev. Dr. G. Edward Zeiders pastors, officiating. A viewing will be held on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm and on Thursday from 10:00 am to 11:00 am in the church. Burial with full military honors will be held in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. Arrangements by Wiedeman Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Oberlin. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Skee's name can be made to Penn State University-PSH Heart and Vascular Institute. Please mail to Penn State University, PO Box 852 Hershey PA 17033. www.pennlive.com/obits

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Published by Patriot-News from Jul. 17 to Jul. 18, 2021.
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I have wonderful memories of Skee from John Harris and later. He was devoted to his family and friends. He was a kind and caring man. He is at rest and peace now. My heart is full of joy to have known Skee. I will miss you my friend.
Betty Wilson Backensto
Friend
July 21, 2021
God´s heavenly drum corps has gained another member. Rest In Peace, Skee. Prayers for you and your family.
Rich and Lynne Evans
Friend
July 20, 2021
Connie and family our sincerest condolences on the loss of Skee. He was a great guy awesome drummer, who gave his all in everything he did. I know he truly loved you and his family. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Gus and Bea Gustafson
Friend
July 20, 2021
Condolences to the Derr family for their loss.
Ron Wilsbach
School
July 20, 2021
SKEE DERR WAS A GREAT MAN AND HE DID MANY WONDERFUL THINGS FOR THE JOHN HARRIS ALUMNI GROUPS. OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO THE DERR FAMILY AND SKEE WILL BE MISSED BY ALL WHO KNEW HIM. GOD BLESS THE DERR FAMILY.
DON STEINMEIER
Friend
July 19, 2021
Thinking of drumming with Skee in Westshoremen and Buccaneers and thankful for his friendship - Tom Rarick
Tom Rarick
July 19, 2021
RIP, Skee...Pioneer archivist extraordinaire. Well done!
Char James
Friend
July 19, 2021
My sincere condolences to the family. He will be sorely missed. RIP Skee.
Bobby Bowman
Friend
July 18, 2021
Prayers to the Derr and Murphy families, may God hold you in his eternal arms and bless John and you all in his endless peace.
Jacqueline and Arthur Sorce
Friend
July 18, 2021
We grew up with Skee when we little. We all lived on North 14th street. He was great guy. Very sorry for your loss. Peace & love.
Elizabeth Stamos
Friend
July 18, 2021
It was an absolute pleasure marching with you in 84. Then meeting again years later. We all have been blessed by sharing a small part of your life with us. Knowing you, my friend, was a true honor. RIP and save a spot in your line. We can do it again.
Jeffrey Dennis
Friend
July 18, 2021
I am glad I got to know Skee while marching with the Bucs. He was always a caring, dedicated and fun person!
Marianne Koenig
Friend
July 17, 2021
Skee sorry too hear of your loss, condolences too your family, enjoyed competing with you in the Westshoremen, RIP my friend.
Patrick Matthews
Friend
July 17, 2021
What a fight Skee was doing for so long. Rest now in peace. Hearts are broken with his loss. My heart full sympathy to his family.
Sharon Funt Haederer
Friend
July 17, 2021
Dear Skee, You were part of our family life for as long as I can remember. Your drumming, Boy Scout troop, my brother's friend - I could go on and on. You will be missed, but you fought a good fight. RIP
Patrice Grove Miller
Friend
July 17, 2021
So sorry for the loss of Skee. Skee was a great drummer and friend for over 50 years. He will be missed. Prayers to the family!
Steve Otstot
Friend
July 17, 2021
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