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“My dad was an amazing dad and I don't remember much because I was only five but I do remember is the best things we did ”
1 of 16 | Posted by: James Whitteberry - IN - son

“Dear Whitteberry Family, I am so sorry to hear about your lose. Derek was my 1st "boyfriend" and it was sad for me to hear from Molly that he had...Read More »
2 of 16 | Posted by: Suzanne (Suzie) Alblas

“Dear Dick,Pat & Family Our thoughts & prayers are with you & your family. Please call us sometime. Sincerely Larry...Read More »
3 of 16 | Posted by: Larry & Nancy Orszulak

4 of 16 | Posted by: SHARON GISZEWSKI - SUTH BEND IND.

“I took care of Derek at St Joe when he was on 5 North. I was very sad to learn he had passed away while I was off work for a couple of days. We had...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: Patty Gregory-Rump

“My thoughts and prayers are with you all! ”
6 of 16 | Posted by: traci nelson - Niles, MI

“What I remember most about Derek are the times him and his Dad would do things together like bring the boat in ,Derek spared me the heavy end as I...Read More »

“Dear Carol, Dick, and Shani and families, We'll always remember how Derek would come over to visit when we lived next door - he would come up to the...Read More »
8 of 16 | Posted by: Cathy and Jeff Halter

“I remember all the good times we had as "childhood sweethearts"!! We never spoke as adults but I bet Derek turned out to be a great person.My deepest...Read More »
9 of 16 | Posted by: Danielle Smith (Self)

“I will never forget the fun times we shared together as kids...especially the time when we went dirt bike riding and my mom threw me off the bike...Read More »
10 of 16 | Posted by: Jamie Fisher (Giszewski)

“Words of comfort are not easy to find, so I will share my simple thoughts. To my cousin Dick, Carol, Shani, and your families, please know I am...Read More »
11 of 16 | Posted by: Kyle Susan Whitteberry-Hanna

“Our deepest sympathy on the loss of Derek. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. May he rest in peace with the Lord. ”
12 of 16 | Posted by: Sue & Bill Grontkowski

“Derek, I never met you in person...but I knew your mother and her family very well. They were our next door neighbors and so much more. They were...Read More »
13 of 16 | Posted by: Sindi, Bryan, Jeremy and Travis Horvath

“Dick, Carol, Pat and Shani, Our hearts feel sorrow for you. There are no words to tell you how sorry we are for you. May God take care of you at...Read More »
14 of 16 | Posted by: Bob and Nancy Penter Osceola, In

“Carol, Richard and loved ones. Please know that we feel your pain, and offer our deepest sympathy. Even though your loss in great, remember all the...Read More »
15 of 16 | Posted by: Barbara Modos - Mishawaka, IN

“Be assured of my prayers for Carol and the family. Derek is in heaven now and is watching over us. I know how much he loved family because when I'd...Read More »
16 of 16 | Posted by: Sister Susan Freitag - Erie, PA

Derek J Woody Whitteberry died on Sunday December 30, 2007 in St Joseph Regional Medical Center Intensive Care Unit, of complications resulting from a motor vehicle accident January 3, 2007.

Derek is survived by his mother Carol Whitteberry and father and step mother, Richard (Patricia Migas) Whitteberry, his sister Shani Whitteberry, her fianc Galo Tapia II and their son Galo Tapia III of Mesa, Az. Derek is also survived by two sons, Tyler Whitteberry (Vermilyer) and James Jamie Whitteberry (Moore). Derek also leaves two stepchildren Breanna Moore and Scott Breitzke, the children of Amy Moore. Derek is survived by his maternal grandmother Florence Freitag, and also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins who he enjoyed life with during many family parties, reunions and outings.

Derek was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Velma and Elmer Whitteberry, his maternal grandfather, Joseph Freitag, & an aunt, Kathy Freitag.

Derek was born in South Bend, IN on April 20, 1977, and lived in the New Carlisle area most of his life, making numerous lifelong area friends. Growing up, he was involved in many New Carlisle activities and sports including Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Little League baseball, and school track. Derek graduated from New Prairie High School in 1996.

Derek had been employed most recently as a freight handler for Olinger Distributing in South Bend, and R & L Carriers in New Carlisle.

Derek enjoyed helping his friends if they were farming or working on farm equipment.. Derek loved cars, trucks, motorcycles, car shows, cruise ins and anything to do with motor sports and racing. He often assisted his dad with all types of restoration projects, and usually could be found on the pit crew when his dad was drag racing. He was skilled at detailing all types of vehicles. Derek especially enjoyed his time spent as a teenager, off road riding & camping in Arizona, California, & Mexico. He also enjoyed camping, fishing, and spending time at the lake with his children, family and friends.

Derek enjoyed cooking, and was enrolled in the culinary school at Ivy Tech. He often prepared special meals with his mother. Dereks children, Tyler & Jamie, his family, extended family, and many friends were the most important things in his life. As an adult he remained close to his sister in Arizona, and was especially proud of his nephew.

Family and friends may visit from 3pm to 8pm Thursday, January 3, 2008 at Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545 N. Bendix Drive, South Bend, IN.

Funeral Services will be held at 11am Friday, January 4, 2008 in the Kaniewski Funeral Home Chapel, South Bend. Private interment will follow at a later date.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Derek J. Whitteberry Surviving Childrens Fund c/o any Teachers Credit Union.

Please sign the guestbook and share your memories of Derek online at www.kaniewski.com.


Funeral Home
Kaniewski Funeral Homes, Inc.
3545 N. Bendix Dr. South Bend, IN 46628
Tel. (574) 277-4444

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