James Edward Derck, 76

James Edward Derck, 76, of rural LaFontaine, died at 7:45 p.m., Monday, May 11, 2020 of natural causes, at his home surrounded by his family.  He was born Aug. 2, 1943 in Wabash to Grimes B. and Edna Mae (Dawalt) Derck.

Jim was a 1963 graduate of Wabash High School. He married Robin McGinnis in Muncie on January 11, 1964. He owned and operated LaFontaine Gravel from 1965 until his retirement in 2014. He was a member of the Wabash Christian Heritage Church and a former member of the LaFontaine I.O.O.F. He enjoyed fishing, mushroom hunting, driving his truck and loader, and loved his grandchildren. He also had a great sense of humor. 

He is survived by his wife, Robin Derck of LaFontaine; five children, Laci (Rob) Haney of Wabash, Tami Law and Candi (Andy) Kirk, both of LaFontaine, Honi (Clint) Harden of Wabash, and James Earl "Jed" (Nicki) Derck of LaFontaine; 15 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; sister, Debbie Berry of Huntington; brother, Robert (Sue) Derck of Wabash; and sister-in-law, Nikki McGinnis of LaFontaine. He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, and four sisters.

Funeral services will be private to the family at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, Wabash, with Pastor Tim Prater officiating. A celebration of life service will be held at a later date.

The memorial guest book for James may be signed at

Posted on 2020 May 13