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Joseph M. Derick

Joseph Derick

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Joseph M. Derick, 96, of Enola, PA passed away on Saturday, April 25, 2020. He was born on October 6, 1923 in Enola, PA to the late Margaret (Walker) and Reese E. Derick. He is survived by his loving wife of 75 years, Betty Bechtel Derick. He always said he married the Best of the Best. 

In addition to his wife, Joe is survived by his son: Barry and wife Delores; his daughter: Bonnie Gilbert; three grandchildren: Mindy, Heather, and Jesse; and 4 great-grandchildren. 

Joe was predeceased by 2 brothers and 8 sisters.

Joe was a retired U.S. Naval Aviator. He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He served aboard the following ships: USS Paducah PG 18; USS Reina Mercedes; USS Bataan CVL 29; USS Hornet CVA 12; USS Ranger CV 61; and USS Burton Island AGB1. Joe was a graduate from Parachute School in Lakehurst, New Jersey, Armed Guard Gunnery School in Little Creek, Virginia, and graduated from Enola High School. He was also retired from American Can Company.

Joe loved fishing and was a member of the Mechanicsburg Sportsmen’s Club.

Services will be private at request of the family.

The Sullivan Funeral Home is honored to serve the Derick Family.

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  1. My mother really loved her friend “Ol’ Navy”, and I was truly sad to hear of his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with his wonderful wife, sweet devoted daughter, and his equally devoted granddaughter. The fact that this man was so greatly loved and respected by his family shows what a truly remarkable human being he was. I will miss he and my mom saluting each other. I know she was one of the many waiting for him and saying “welcome home Ol’ Navy, we salute you” ????

  2. So sorry to hear about Joe. I met Joe and Betty at the USS Hornet reunions. I loved talking to him about just about anything. Such a sweet man. Prayers for Betty and family.

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