May 20, 2005
202 W. Maple Street Willard OH 44890 5/22/2005 14:00:00
202 W. Maple Street Willard OH 44890 5/23/2005 13:00:00
Charles Derrickson, age 85, formerly of Willard and a resident of Oberlin the past 6 years, passed away on Friday, May 20, 2005, at the house of his sister, Marjorie E. White, following a lengthy illness. He was born Feb. 29, 1920 in Geneva, IN to the late John D. & Freida (Mathys) Derrickson. He graduated from the Willard High School in 1939 and the Tiffin Business University in 1941. He began working as a civil service employee for the federal government, including positions at the pentagon in Washington, D.C. and the Detroit Tank & Arsenal in Detriot, MI from 1943 to 1946. Charles served as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army Ordinance. He was stationed in the Phillipines, New Guinea and Luzon. He received several ribbons, including the American Theater Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon, with 3 bronze stars; Phillipine Liberation Ribbon with 2 bronze stars; Good Conduct Medal WWII. After being discharged from the army, he continued his 36 year civil service career, working again for the Detroit Tank & Arsenal, Shelby Airforce Depot, Warner Robbins Airforce Base in GA and returning to the Detriot Tank & Arsenal to finish out his career. Charles was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Willard and the American Legion # 514. He enjoyed attending the Willard Senior Center luncheons and visiting his many friends. He also enjoyed golfing and bowling.
He is survived by 2 sisters, Marjorie E.White of Oberlin and Lois E. King of Alpine, CA; uncle, Herbert Derrickson of Bryant, IN; 4 nieces, 4 nephews, 13 great nieces, 5 great nephews, 5 great great nephews and 1 great great niece.
He is preceeded in death by his father, John D. Derrickson in 1989 and mother, Freida (Mathys) Derrickson in 1985.
Friends may call on Sunday, May 22, 2005, from 2-7 P.M. at the Secor Funeral Home, 202 West Maple Street, Willard, OH 44890, where the funeral service will be Monday at 1:00 P.M., with Pastor Kent Wilson officiating. Burial will be at the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Willard. Memorials may be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church, 308 Myrtle Ave., Willard, OH 44890, for the care & maintenance of the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery or the Willard Senior Center.