Derek Lee Dreier

Derek Lee Dreier

Derek Dreier, age 28 of Norwood Young America, died Saturday, June 24, 2017 at his residence.
Funeral service 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at St. John’s Lutheran Church (101 SE 2nd Ave.) in Norwood Young America with Rev. Josh Bernau as officiant. Visitation ALL AT THE CHURCH 4-8 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to the service Wednesday. Interment in the church cemetery.
Dessert will be provided for the funeral luncheon; the family asks that no desserts be brought. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.
Derek Lee Dreier was born on August 15, 1988 in Waconia, Carver County, MN, the son of Larry and Debra (Stoeckmann) Dreier. He was baptized into the Christian faith and later confirmed in April 2004. In 2007, Derek graduated from Mayer Lutheran High School. He studied at the University of Wisconsin- River Falls.
Derek reflected God’s love for His children by his care of God’s vast creation including his beloved family and friends, and his wide range of cherished animals. This was seen throughout his life even at an early age as his parents nurtured him while on the farm. Derek cultivated these skills, showing a caring nature to his sisters and later a larger farming community. He pursued an education in animal science and loved to share his knowledge with peers and youth through 4-H, Dairy Quiz Bowl, and FFA. Later Derek obtained his dream job of working at SeaWorld in San Antonio, Texas where he again expressed his love of God’s creation with his wonderful coworkers and friends. Due to his returning illness, he came back home to the support of a great community where he volunteered and grew relationships with those who loved him. As he spent time with his exotic birds and farm animals upon his return home, Derek found peace and comfort in his relationship with God. In addition to all of his main activities, Derek quietly showed Christ’s love as a thoughtful conversationalist and listener, loving uncle, delicious baker, and a concerned caretaker to those around him who were hurting.
Derek is preceded in death by his grandparents Marvin Stoeckmann, Ernst and Dorothy Dreier; uncle Michael Stoeckmann.
Derek is survived by his loving family: parents Larry and Debra Dreier of Norwood Young America; sisters and brother-in-law Carissa and Adam Myers of Norwood Young America, Dayna Dreier of Norwood Young America, Makayla Dreier of Norwood Young America; niece and nephew Grace and Levi Myers; grandmother Carol Stoeckmann of Norwood Young America; aunts and uncles Brenda and Tom Sudheimer of Norwood Young America, Lisa and Dan Schug of Hamburg, Patti and Tim Dreier of Norwood Young America, Tom and Frances Dreier of Virginia, Dennis and Anneth Dreier of Florida, Gwen and Bruce Noennig of Moorhead, Mary and Ted Pfohl of Little Falls; cousins, other relatives and many friends.
Serving as casket bearers Adam Myers, Dale Schmidt, Amanda Dreier, Becca Jacka, Jay Sudheimer, Brianna Schug, Joshua Pfohl, Julia Dreier and Jon Buckentin.
Arrangements with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia. www.johnsonfh.com

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