Derr, John D.

John D. Derr, 88, died peacefully on Sunday, August 21.

John will be remembered as a devoted provider, loving caretaker, and playful spirit. John adored and is survived by his bride of 63 years, Ruth “Esther” (Hanby) and his three daughters and sons-in-law, Ruth Ann & Ric (Haschak), Mary Beth & Glenn (Davis) and Diane & Michael (DeStefano). John was blessed with ten grandchildren to whom he lovingly gave nicknames, “John Boy” (John & Nicole), “Dinglebird” (David & Alyse), “Car-Car” (Carly), “Bub” (Kristina), “Joe Man” (Joey), “Doodle” (Nicholas), “Redbird” (Gregory & Chelsea), “Yellowbird” (Kyle & Rory), “Q-ball” (Quintin & Maria), and “Doo” (Dana & Ian) and two precious great-grandchildren, Greyson (Little-Dingle) and Charlie. He is also survived by his sisters, Nancy and Paula and many beloved nieces and nephews. He is pre-deceased by his parents, Paul and Beatrice (Dettra) Derr, and his siblings, Beatrice, Joan, Neal, James, William, and Ronald.

John served in the US Air Force from 1952-1956 and spent his career at Delmarva Power. After retiring as a system operations supervisor, John started his own handyman business doing what he found most fulfilling, helping people. When not working, John most enjoyed traveling with Ruth and reading books. He was an avid sports fan and was his grandchildren’s #1 fan, rarely missing a game. John was a member of Siloam United Methodist Church where he faithfully served in many leadership roles.

The family is deeply grateful for the staff of Shipley Living and his three amazing aides, Synthia, Mandi, and Dianne, who have lovingly cared and supported him.

Family and friends are welcome to call from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 27, 2022 at McCrery & Harra Funeral Home, 3924 Concord Pike (Rt. 202 South of Silverside Road), Wilmington, DE 19803 where a service of remembrance will follow at 11:00 a.m. followed by a private burial. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of John to Siloam United Methodist Church, 3720 Foulk Road, Garnet Valley, PA 19060. To send condolences visit:

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