Derek's Funeral


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Derek's new home, livable but just finished construction.
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Derek's new neighborhood.
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Interior, dining room looking out toward street.
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In the basement, getting a tour of Derek's last projects.
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The mud room Derek was making for his mom. His first experience with framing and drywalling.
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Exhibit A: the door was framed flush with the wall, leaving no space for the molding. Ooops.
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Derek cut each 2x4 to the same length...then found out (like so many other DIYs) the floor joists for the main floor are NOT the same distance from the basement floor. The framer to the left of the door had a gap and the header needed a spacer. But check out what's to the left.
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Something will need to be done to fill in the gaps between the joists...
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Closeup of the header. Not bad considering the level of experience of the builder.
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An example of Derek's idea having an impact; the insulated walls are covered with sheetrock for protection (good idea). Derek installed the walls with help of sister Staci..and THEN finding out Dad required he compensate Staci out of his pay. Help from sister: $4/hr. Value of interaction: priceless.
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Derek framed a hole for access to the power box, but forgot to make it wide enough to remove the cover (if/when an additional circuit was needed or a breaker would require replacing). So...cut the framer and add another. Dad lays down the law that quality MUST improve before tackling the exercise room.
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Speaking of which...there's a LOT of wall. Derek? Yup.
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A VERY proud Dad, with a right to be proud. Son has demonstrated he has mastered framing and sheetrock installation...within 6 weeks. This room was HUGE.
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Upstairs in Derek's room by his bed/desk. Ben is looking at the trinkets Derek cherished. Beside Ben is a table Derek made out of extra framing wood to hold his aquarium (not shown). Something about it being big enough to hold Koi. Perhaps 50 gallon capacity? Funny what people will do when they are denied a motorcycle.
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Derek's older brother Karl looking over Derek's notebook. Only one doodle, the rest are notes. The lad was studying!!!
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Derek's bottle collection. Coke from around the world.
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Bookmark from Derek's last trip to Mexico, March 5-13, 2005.
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In the dining room, Scott, Ben, Karl and Ken sort through what to take to the funeral. Of course, Derek's Eagle neckerchief and his orange hat.
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Ken, coming to the dining room from the study with a printout from Derek's last entry to his blog.
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Kitchen, back is to the back of the house.
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Doorway to the left is toward the hall to the garage and dining room. Doorway to right is to the dining room and main entrance. Chairs are for the informal eating area.
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Ben and Scott at informal eating area listening to Karl share his favorite stories of Derek.
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Derek required Dad's help in figuring out which of three remotes could adjust the sound. Seems when you've hit “mute”, none will work. [NB/ Ken has installed a VERY good, high-wattage, sound system... I think my ears have stopped ringing. Last thing I heard was “Try hitting the mute button again, Dad.”]
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Another view of the kitchen with walk-in pantry and 6-unit gas range set into a brick surround. Very nice.
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An example of the log Derek took of every hour spent working on the house. Seems Dad agreed to pay Derek at the same rate Derek was getting in Virginia.
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Ben, Sue, and Ken.
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Outside Grace Baptist Church, 109 N. Main Street, Cedarville, OH.
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Entering the church. The window above had a twin on the other side, lighting the sanctuary.
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Inside the sanctuary.
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Inside the sanctuary.
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One of the modern Christian hymns sung that day, “Our God is an Awesome God.”
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Derek's Eagle regalia.
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And orange hat.
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Pre-service slide show (by Eva Stark, good friend of Derek's) from birth to last days at Cedarville University.
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Outside, after the service, waiting for the family.
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At the cemetery, about 6 blocks away from the church, on the north side of the campus of Cedarville University. The man consolling Ken is Pastor Robert Rohm, Derek's pastor at the University.
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And the loop road into the cemetery is packed!
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Looking south toward Derek's grave. Over the wall of trees is Cedarville University. To the right (west) are the tennis courts. Rather fitting site for Derek who loved the school and enjoyed tennis.
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Col Fullencamp, Ben, Sue, and Karl. Col Fullencamp is in charge of the ROTC unit at CU.
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Another shot of the Col.
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After the ceremony, the crowd of (at least) 200 begin to leave.
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Entrance to the University.
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Cover of the funeral bulletin. Typical Derek, always cheeful, friendly, trustworthy, loyal, helpful, courtious, kind, obedient, thrifty, brave, clean, and especially reverent.
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Interior of funeral bulletin. Please notice that Derek's organs helped save the lives of 5 people. All told, 80 people will benefit from Derek's last gifts.
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