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Terry D. Derby, 61, of rural Fairfield passed away on Friday, January 6, 2017, at the Jefferson County Hospital in Fairfield.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Ottumwa with Rev. Len Maselli officiating. Friends may call after 2 p.m. on Monday, January 9, 2017 at the Murphy Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant where the family will receive friends from 5:30 until 8:00 p.m. Following the services cremation will be accorded and burial will be at a later date in the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville, Missouri. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested and may be directed to the First Baptist Church of Ottumwa's Youth Group, the Lockridge Fire and Rescue and to the American Cancer Association in his memory.
Terry was born on November 18, 1955, in Williamsburg, the son of Stanley & Dorothy Carter Derby. He was united in marriage to Donna Beth Billue on August 23, 1974, in Salisbury, Missouri. Terry served his country in the Navy from 1975 until he was honorably discharged in 1979 on the ship U.S.S. Orion. Terry was very active in many different organizations such as the Jefferson County Pork Producers, Jefferson County Board of Health, Lockridge Lions Club, Iowa Pork Tent Committee, former Fire Chief of the Lockridge Fire and Rescue, Southeast Iowa Christian Men's Group, Relay for Life, Ottumwa Regional Health Center Volunteer, and was a retired partner of Hooter Lane Farms. Terry was a member of the First Baptist Church of Ottumwa in which he was serving as their pastor.
He is survived by his wife Donna of rural Fairfield and his children; Erin (Charlie) Johnson of Lockridge, Emilie (Brad) Myers of Aplington and Eden Derby of Kansas City, Missouri; his brothers and sisters; Dale (Elva) Derby of Hobbs, New Mexico, Roxy (Tony) Maness of Boonville, Arkansas, Sharon (Richard) Steele of Blanchard, Oklahoma, Karen Derby of Washington, Iowa and David (Mhel) Derby of Hanford, California, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother Steve Shoemaker, two nieces; Kelly and Jackie VanDyke, and a sister-in-law Denise Nelson.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.murphyfuneralandmonuments.com
Murphy Funeral Home of Mt. Pleasant is handling the arrangements.
Published on January 9, 2017
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