You can see the genuine happiness on his face and in his eyes in this photo...
Derek C Ferree
  • 26 years old
  • Date of birth: Oct 12, 1987
  • Place of birth:
    YORK, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Date of passing: Nov 23, 2013
  • Place of passing:
    YORK, Pennsylvania, United States
And she loved her son very much, even more than she loved herself!!

This memorial website was created in memory of our Son, Brother, Uncle, Cousin, Nephew, Grandson and Friend,  Derek C. Ferree, 26, born on October 12, 1987 and passed away on November 23, 2013.  

When you smiled, your whole face lit up. When you laughed everyone else laughed too.   You will remain forever in the hearts of all those who knew you in this life.  I would love to name you all, one by one, but you know who you are <3.

I hope the Angels know what they have.....  

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Tori-Rae Kirkessner on 18th August 2014

"Hey handsome was just studying and thought about u.... remembering the middle of the night phone calls doing math homework and science spending half of the time giggling and chatting away.... the good ol days.... life was easier then.... you were here or at least a phone call away.... you are forever missed but will experience everything u ever wanted and I personally will finish our bucket list! Forever in your arms as you will be forever in my heart! Love u"

This tribute was added by Tori-Rae Kirkessner on 20th March 2014

"Derek Derek Derek.......... it's taking everything I have to type this message right now...... here we r almost 4 months without your presence and I still wake up wanting to run to you. You ARE my best friend through everything. We fought side by side against any obstacles that challenged us. We were real, in the moment type of friends. I got to see a side of you that not everyone did and the story goes the same for me. We allowed each other to see one another behind the mask we wore in public. I showed you a part of me that you cherished and protected for me. You allowed me in and I promised to never leave your side. I miss you terribly.....Please escort me on my judgment day....i love you my king to the moon and back!"

This tribute was added by Justicefor Derek on 9th March 2014

"November 29, 2013
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
~  The Staff of Gladfelter Funeral Home, Ottawa, Illinois"

This tribute was added by Justicefor Derek on 9th March 2014

"November 29, 2013
Sorry to see you go at a young age, i know we never really talked in school but you were still a classmate, RIP my best wishes to your family to get through this
~
william wagner,
york, Pennsylvania"

This tribute was added by Justicefor Derek on 9th March 2014

"November 29, 2013
Youll always be missed homie fly high
~  joseph pila, york, Pennsylvania"

This tribute was added by Justicefor Derek on 9th March 2014

"November 29, 2013
A man full of life and smiles has been taken way to soon in life. I will miss that laugh and that smile that lighten every room it was in. You had a lifetime of "Derek" moments and I am glad I share one with you. Puts a smile on my face every time I think of you. Miss and love you. Say Hi to my mom and the many others up there for us. To the family, no words can ease your pain, just remember the good times to get you through the bad. Love yas!
~
Jennifer Blackburn,
Stewartsown, Pennsylvania"

This tribute was added by Justicefor Derek on 9th March 2014

"November 29, 2013
I love you my little brother. Rest easy sweet angel.
~  Mandi Harris"

This tribute was added by Justicefor Derek on 9th March 2014

"November 29, 2013
RIP Derek. You will never be forgotten. Your smile was always something that brought people up from being down. I will miss you! Love you always!
~
Lacey H,
York, Pennsylvania
- See more at: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/york/derek-ferree-condolences/168225066?page=9#sthash.nCDlFT20.dpuf"

This tribute was added by Justicefor Derek on 9th March 2014

"November 29, 2013

If love alone could have saved you, you never would have died. In my heart I hold a place that only you can fill. All my love forever and a day! Mom <3"

This tribute was added by Justicefor Derek on 9th March 2014

"November 29, 2013
He was a truly beautiful soul, and he will be terribly missed. I love you angel, see you soon. <3
~  Tiffany Eyler, Dover, Pennsylvania"

This tribute was added by Justicefor Derek on 9th March 2014

"November 29, 2013
Bubba, I love you so much, my heart aches. So sadly missed by us all. Aunt Tina
~  Tina Rosengrant, Dover, Pennsylvania"

This tribute was added by Justicefor Derek on 9th March 2014

"November 29, 2013
OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE FAMILY
~  lenny baer, buckhannon, West Virginia"

This tribute was added by Justicefor Derek on 9th March 2014

"November 29, 2013
Derek and I went to school together. He was a very charming guy. He will be missed very much
~  Alisha Brown, York, Pennsylvania"

This tribute was added by Justicefor Derek on 9th March 2014

"November 29, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with you All! Praying you all sense God's comfort!
~  Nikki Hamilton, York, Pennsylvania"

This tribute was added by Justicefor Derek on 9th March 2014

"November 29, 2013
To all of the family, I'm so very sorry for your loss. I know Derek was loved by many and there are so many that are grieving the loss of a wonderful son, brother, uncle and friend. Rest in peace Derek. You will be missed by many. And my prayers and thoughts with the family and friends during this difficult time of grief.
~  Lori McGlaughlin, Craley, Pennsylvania"

This tribute was added by Justicefor Derek on 9th March 2014

"November 29, 2013
You never said I'm leaving
You never said goodbye,
you were gone before we knew it
and only God knows why.

A million times I needed you,
A million times I cried,

IF LOVE ALONE COULD HAVE SAVED YOU
YOU NEVER WOULD HAVE DIED

In life I loved you dearly
In death I love you still
In my heart I hold a place
that only YOU can fill.

Son, I do not know how to go on without you...My heart is broken in two. God knows I love you, and I know you loved us too. I will love you till my last breath and a day..

.Rest easy baby boy...Mom
~  Colleen Fink, York, Pennsylvania"

This tribute was added by Justicefor Derek on 9th March 2014

"November 29, 2013

Until we meet again
Love forever and a day.
Mom and Mike
~
Colleen Fink,
York, Pennsylvania"

This tribute was added by Justicefor Derek on 9th March 2014

"November 29, 2013
My deepest sympathy to the Fink family during this tragic loss of their son. May Derek 's legacy live on in those he left behind ?
~  Sherrie Ritz, Hellam, Pennsylvania"

This tribute was added by Justicefor Derek on 9th March 2014

"November 29, 2013
My heart is breaking again. Derek was such an inspiration at my grandson's (Devin)funeral recently.
~  Judy Pittenger, York, Pennsylvania"

This tribute was added by Justicefor Derek on 9th March 2014

"November 29, 2013
I'm sorry for your loss
Author Unknown"

This tribute was added by Justicefor Derek on 9th March 2014

"Rest in peace Derek you were a great friend and helped any1 you could you'll b missed n thought of everyday till we meet again my friend watch over us and our family's my prayers are with your family
~  kevin murphy, strinestown, Pennsylvania"

This tribute was added by Justicefor Derek on 9th March 2014

"November 29, 2013
Kathy,
I am so sorry for your loss.
My heart aches.
~
Kathy Cross,
York"

This tribute was added by Justicefor Derek on 9th March 2014

"November 29, 2013
My sweet little brother, I miss you with all of my heart! I know that you will be with me for the rest of my days, and I will cherish all the memories we have made. Please rest easy and know the I will love you more today than yesterday and for all the days to come. Until I see you again. I love you so much. Always and Forever Sis!
~  Sarah Kneller, Dauphin, Pennsylvania"

This tribute was added by Justicefor Derek on 9th March 2014

"November 29, 2013
Sarah and family,
I'm so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to your family.

Marla Reichart"

This tribute was added by Justicefor Derek on 9th March 2014

"November 29, 2013
Rest in peace Derek, you will be missed by many. Fly high with the angels. My deepest sympathy goes out to your mother, and the rest of your family.
~  Cindy Dowell, York, Pennsylvania"

This tribute was added by Justicefor Derek on 9th March 2014

"November 29, 2013
Sarah and family,

I am so sorry for your loss. I will pray for ease and recovery for you and your family during this trying time. All my thoughts and prayers are with you.
~  Heather Walters, York, Pennsylvania"

This tribute was added by Justicefor Derek on 9th March 2014

"November 29, 2013
Derek, I can't believe you've been taken from us way too soon. You were a a great young man and have a family that loves you unconditionally. I will always remember you referring to me as Thumper. Rest easy and you will be deeply missed.
~  Carrie Vogelsong, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania"

This tribute was added by Justicefor Derek on 9th March 2014

"November 29, 2013
Colleen, my heart just breaks for you. I am so sorry you are going through this. Please know I am thinking of you and the family. Wish I could be there with you. love you lots.
~  Tammu Kuhnell, Plano, Texas"

This tribute was added by Justicefor Derek on 9th March 2014

"November 29, 2013
Sarah and family...we were so sorry to hear of your loss. Sarah, we carry you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.
~  Ken and Donna Wright, Hampstead, Maryland"

This tribute was added by Justicefor Derek on 9th March 2014

"November 29, 2013
We are so sorry for you loss. We will miss Derek's "hi neighbor" wave and his contagious smile. We are praying that God will bless you and your family with peace, comfort and strength for the days ahead. If we can help with anything, please let us know.
~  Howard & Gayle Shimmel, York, Pennsylvania"

This tribute was added by Justicefor Derek on 9th March 2014

"November 29, 2013
Sweet Derek, my heart aches terribly. Colleen and Mike please know that my thoughts,prayers and love are with you and I hope you can soon find peace and comfort. Love, Beth
~  Beth Smith, Dover, Pennsylvania"

This tribute was added by Justicefor Derek on 9th March 2014

"November 29, 2013
Sarah and Family,
We are keeping ALL of you in our thoughts and prayers. May it comfort you to know so many care and are praying. May God wrap you in his LOVE and comfort you always. We are so sorry for the loss of your Brother,Son,Nephew,Uncle and Friend. *hugs* Dave & Kim Smith Logan and Courtney too
~  Kimberly Smith, Hanover, Pennsylvania
- See more at: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/york/derek-ferree-condolences/168225066?page=4#sthash.tSdmSgQv.dpuf"

This tribute was added by Justicefor Derek on 9th March 2014

"November 29, 2013
THIS IS LORIS MOM AND DAD WE ARE SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS,I KNOW THERE IS NOTHING MORE HEART BREAKING THEN THE LOSS OF YOUR CHILD. JUST KNOW WE ARE THINKING OF YOU AND OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU.GEORGE AND DENA
~  GEORGE AND DENA ARNOLD, MANCHESTER, Pennsylvania
-"

This tribute was added by Justicefor Derek on 9th March 2014

"November 29, 2013
Sarah, though you loved Him very much, you will find your peace somehow in knowing you will meet again although you're parted now. May your faith sustain you and may the love and prayers of those who care comfort you. God Bless You Sarah and your Family ... Rest in Peace Derek.
~  Robert Pae, Dauphin, Pennsylvania"

This tribute was added by Justicefor Derek on 9th March 2014

"November 29, 2013
Chris, Janet, Sarah, Ciera, Matt, Colleen and Mike;
I cannot express in words how sad I am over the senseless death of Derek.
I am praying for you during this terribly difficult time. I am blessed to have known Derek who was a friend of my son and I since his middle school years and high school years. My sincere sympathy goes out to you all.
~  Sharon Gladfelter, Kansas"

This tribute was added by Justicefor Derek on 9th March 2014

"November 29, 2013
Colleen, i can;t even imagine what your going thru, but just wanted you to know my heart goes out to you. love and prayers.Jane
~  Jane Hostetler, Etters, Pennsylvania"

This tribute was added by Justicefor Derek on 9th March 2014

"~  Jena Spence, Yoe, Pennsylvania"

This tribute was added by Justicefor Derek on 9th March 2014

"November 29, 2013
Sleep in peace young soul,
Forever in our hearts you'll remain.
Our tears of sorrow flow as we have to say goodbye.
We will always remember your smile, your laughter,
the wonderful memories and love you left behind.

Leaving this earth so young,
We ask ourselves why.
Why did you have to leave?
Does God have a bigger plan for you?
Is there a reason? Why now?
I guess we'll never know.

I know you are looking down from Heaven,
knowing we will see you again.
In our dreams, in a smile, or laughter we'll hear.
We will remember you always,
In our heart, our mind, and our soul.
" Sleep in Peace young Derek. "
We will see you in our dreams.
November 23, 2013

The Dooley Family
~  The Dooley Family, Felton, Pennsylvania"

This tribute was added by Justicefor Derek on 9th March 2014

"November 29, 2013
Cathy I am so sorry for your loss. My heart aches
~  Kathy Cross, York"

This tribute was added by Justicefor Derek on 9th March 2014

"November 29, 2013
I will always remember the laughter and joy you brought into our lives. I will never forget the friendship you shared, the happiness you shared and the memories that will last forever. I will never forget you and the love you shared with our family. Words are often forgotten, memories last forever.
Till we meet again.
~  Dooley Family, Felton, Pennsylvania"

This tribute was added by Justicefor Derek on 9th March 2014

"November 29, 2013
Life is short and so often unexpected, I wish I would have had the time to get to know the man your sister spoke so highly of.

May there be comfort in knowing he will always be "in your heart"
~  Allison Gutierrez, Robesonia, Pennsylvania"

This tribute was added by Justicefor Derek on 9th March 2014

"November 30, 2013
Derek was the most easy going guy I have met and was always such a good listener always knew how to make me smile. He was a great guy and was taken too soon. I will miss our talks. Colleen I am soo sorry for your lose God has another angel you are in my thoughts and prayers Derek touched a lot of peoples lives.
~  Shantay, Red Lion, Pennsylvania"

This tribute was added by Justicefor Derek on 9th March 2014

"November 30, 2013
Albert(chris) i am so sorry for your loss .he is a star shining down. Tracy from leaders heights mobil
~  tracy arinsberg, york, Pennsylvania"

This tribute was added by Justicefor Derek on 9th March 2014

"November 30, 2013
Find comfort in knowing that Derek lives in your heart and he is with you in spirit, in little Caroline! Know that I share your sorrow and I am here for you! Prayers for you and your family
~  Jayne Pastuch, Hanover, Pennsylvania
-"

This tribute was added by Justicefor Derek on 9th March 2014

"November 30, 2013
Mike and Colleen, I know words can not make you feel better at this time.. but please know that my heart is very heavy for your loss of Derek.. i know that he and Zach have found each other and are now being mischievous together.. i know your pain and suffer along with you.. know that you can contact me if you need me.. <3
~  Deb ( Turner ) Etheridge, Dover, Pennsylvania"

This tribute was added by Justicefor Derek on 9th March 2014

"November 30, 2013
Sweetest Derek we are so blessed to have known you. We remember that sweet little freckle face redhead who could always make us laugh! Although we know you are in a better place, we cry for your family as they try to understand why you why now? We love you Derek until we meet again. R.I.P. sweet boy :(
~  Lynn and Lee Messersmith, Dover, Pennsylvania
-"

This tribute was added by Justicefor Derek on 9th March 2014

"November 30, 2013

~  S. I. H."

This tribute was added by Justicefor Derek on 9th March 2014

"November 30, 2013
My thoughts and prayers go out to Derek's family.

Derek.
You are with me in all I do.
Author Unknown"

This tribute was added by Justicefor Derek on 9th March 2014

"December 05, 2013
Missing you
~  Your Mom,
York, Pennsylvania"

This tribute was added by Justicefor Derek on 9th March 2014

"R.I.P DEREK
~  J Stoner, York, Pennsylvania"

This tribute was added by Justicefor Derek on 9th March 2014

"January 10, 2014
Im missing you so much that words cannot discribe this pain taking over my body. You are and forever will be beyond greatly missed. I will forever love you. Xoxoxo babyboy.Until we meet again.
-BabyGirl.
~  Arielle, York, Pennsylvania"

This tribute was added by Dutch Boyd on 8th March 2014

"I met Derek when he and my daughter were 2-3. We visited alot due to the fact all the kids got along and we wanted them all to know what family was. While playing together we heard a crash...both Colleen and I yelled BUBBA. Neither knew that was the nickname they both had. Two little angels showed up with a ...yes...couldn't punish either one because it was so adorable.   Here's to Bubba!"

This tribute was added by Crystal Renoll on 8th March 2014

"Oh my.. Where to start? We had some good times in  high school. These are the times that I remember most about you. You always teased me about how many guys liked me, and me being such a flirt. I remember confiding in you when I lost my virginity, and was scared to tell any one else. My parents later found out about this, because of the note that we had passed back and forth that they found. We used to write each other all the time in English class. I also remember you and Greg Figdore smoking in class! You were a true rebel, but I loved you anyways because you always had a way of making people smile. You will never be forgotten. I think about you every day because your mom posts on Facebook every day hoping to find the man that did this to you, and I hope so too. Rest Easy Derek. Until we meet again <3"

This tribute was added by Colleen Fink on 1st March 2014

"I copied and pasted this from Derek's FB page

Derek, this is Derek Mount (Derek #1 lol) ill always remember the good times we had. When I see your name pop up on Xbox it still gets to me. For some reason I expect you to be on the other end of the mic. I'll never forget the fun we had in your truck when it flooded last year going 60 mph ending up in some ladies yard as their screaming for us to get off their yard and here we are laughing hysterically. And how we could related to the kmk song life rolls on that on a wimb us and all our friends went out and got it tattooed. Only a few of us knows what it originally actually means enough to get it inked on our skins. But the more we think about it, it means alot more than what we thought originally. You are truly one of mine and steph bests friends and we will never forget you. It still hurts to know that you were to be my best man in my wedding and you wont be there to see it. I know you would of made the best toast in world, telling the best stories and making everyone laugh.... but well still keep a seat dedicated to you. I love you man, miss you truly"

This tribute was added by Mandi Harris on 26th February 2014

"Mac and cheese ;)"

This tribute was added by Colleen Fink on 26th February 2014

"I still miss and love you so much! I know that whenever say something comes on, you're telling me to buck up! I love you"

This tribute was added by Colleen Fink on 26th February 2014

"for you Derek~ a lighted candle to find your way.  Sincerely from, Braydon's mom"

This tribute was added by JENNIFER BLACKBURN on 26th February 2014

"I have soooo many fond memories of Derek. From when he was little on up. One thing that always shined about him was his way to make u laugh and his smile while doing so. Had sooo many "Derek" moments. One always comes to mind. That always puts a smile on my face. But shortly after we chatted on the infamous myspace and his words help me get out of a soon to be rocky place. I am thankful for my moment with him and great advice he gave shortly after. He never judged anyone for who they are, he saw good in all. My children will miss a very wise beyond his years cousin. I will miss those once every few months or year or so conversations we would have. Wish we all had more time with you on this earth but I kno one day we will meet again. Miss and love u!"

This tribute was added by kristie snedegar on 26th February 2014

"Sadly missed"

This tribute was added by Colleen Fink on 25th February 2014

"She loved her son very much, even more than she loved herself...Until we meet again my son, I love you, forever and a day!!!"


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