Larry Royce Derks, 81, of Schofield, Wisconsin went to be with his Lord and Savior on August 8, 2019. Larry passed away peacefully at home with his loving wife by his side. He was born in Warsaw, Illinois on February 13, 1938 to Royce and Lysbeth (Cramer) Derks and is survived by his wife Patti and four children, Rene Braun, Michele (John) Kuhn, Brad (Jenni) Derks, Mark (Jodi) Derks, eleven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. He is preceded in death by his parents, son-in-law Scott Braun and grandson Christopher Braun.
Larry grew up in central Illinois and upon completing high school, served in the U.S. Army. He was stationed for two years in Germany and served four years in the reserves. He then attended Western Illinois University where he met and married his college sweetheart, Patti Timinsky. He had a long career as Director of Human Resources for J.I. Case, Drott Division and was well respected in the manufacturing and education communities.
Larry enjoyed hunting and fishing with his friends and family. He loved the great north woods and spending time on the lake. He was a skilled builder, enjoyed traveling and was a collector of many things. His biggest love was for his family and the Lord. Larry touched many lives, was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.
A celebration of Larry's life will be held Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 11:00 am at Wesley United Methodist Church, 1101 Elm Street, Wausau, WI 54401. A visitation will start 9:30 am.
Memorials may be made to: Veterans Stars and Stripes Honor Flight Wisconsin: www.starsandstripeshonorflight.org; Wesley United Methodist Church, 1101 Elm Street, Wausau, WI 54401; or Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services at: Aspirus Health Foundation, 425 Pine Ridge Boulevard, Wausau, WI 54401