Michael Kneale “Mick” Derr | Obituary

Michael Kneale “Mick” Derr


Michael Kneale “Mick” Derr, 73, of Maitland, Missouri, died suddenly Saturday, June 4, 2022, near Maitland.

Mick was born March 28, 1949 in Maryville, Missouri to Miller Clark “Doc” and Alma Lois (Kneale) Derr. They died before him.

Mick graduated from Maitland High School in 1967 where he played and enjoyed all sports. He received his bachelor’s degree in animal husbandry from the University of Missouri-Columbia, followed by his master’s degree in food science and nutrition.

He lived in Rushville, Illinois, and worked at Oscar Meyer Foods in Beardstown, Illinois as a floor supervisor, then in Perry, Iowa as a materials manager. He had lived in the Maitland area for the past 30 years. He owned and operated Derr Insurance Services.

On September 1, 1984, Mick married Val Ann Williams, in Maitland.

Mick was a member of the Boy Scouts of America and a proud Eagle Scout. He was a state officer with the Illinois Jaycees. He was president of the Maitland Baseball Association and played fast softball. For many years he had coached his son’s basketball and baseball games; and enjoyed all their sports. He was also the announcer for Nodaway-Holt football games and president of the Holt County Republican Club. He has served on numerous church committees, the Nodaway-Holt School Board, and the Peru State College Booster Club. He was a member of and attended Laura Street Baptist Church, Maryville.

His survivors include his wife, Val, of the household, his two sons, Michael Derr, Missouri, and Derek (and fiancé Kaitlin Morrow) Derr, Olathe, Kansas, and their son, Briggs Derr; two brothers, MC (JoNelle) Derr, Maitland, and Gregg (Debbie) Derr, Burlington Junction, Missouri, and sister, Denise (Don) Cotter, St. Joseph, Missouri, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 9, 2022, at Laura Street Baptist Church, Maryville. Interment will follow at Maitland Cemetery, Maitland, Missouri.

The family will receive friends from noon to 2:00 p.m., at the church before the services.

Services are under the direction of Bram Funeral Home, Maryville, Missouri.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested at the Tri City Friendship Center PO Box 88, Maitland, MO 64466.

Melvin B. Baillie