On February 13, 2013, a truly wonderful young man left us to be with the Lord. Derek Scott Harper, 20, crossed over while doing what he loved the most, BMX biking. He was an avid audiophile and enjoyed many heavy metal and blues concerts with his family and friends. Derek stayed true to the motto: “Dream as if you will live forever; live as if you will die tomorrow.”
Although he has a reputation for being fearless, there were many sides to Derek. Words cannot convey how special he was, Derek was the “real deal.” His smile was contagious, his humor infectious and his affection abundant; A cherished son, a trustworthy brother, a grandson to be proud of, and a loyal friend. Many things to many people, he was all that we should aspire to be.
The world is a better place for those of us who shared in Derek’s life. The burden of our loss will be felt until the day we meet again.
Derek is survived by his parents, Scott and Tammy Harper; and sister, Kali, all of Lafayette; grandparents, Janet and Ted Dingess of Valley City, and Dottie Harper of Medina; aunts and uncles, Debbie and Larry Brubaker of Spencer, GiGi and Nick Reutzel of Lodi, and Butch and Thres Harper of Lafayette.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Frank Harper; and his cousin, Brent Birth.
Services will be held Monday, February 18, 2013, 7 P.M., at the Waite & Son Funeral Home, 765 N. Court St., Medina. Reverend Ron Dress will officiate. Family will receive friends Monday, from 2 until 7 P.M., at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Merit in memory of Derek Harper.
Online condolences may be left at www.waitefuneralhome.com