Derek Kynan Wendt

Derek Kynan Wendt

April 03, 1982 - October 05, 2006

Derek Kynan Wendt

April 03, 1982 - October 05, 2006



Loving son of Clifford L.Wendt and Karen Sue Wendt. Derek was born April 3, 1982, in Merrillville, IN at 11:40 am. He unexpectedly passed away on Thursday, October 5, 2006 at 4:02 am.

Derek was raised in Irvine, CA. He graduated from Irvine high school in June 2001 and attended college at Orange Coast Community College.

Derek enjoyed working with the public and was an avid sports fan.

He is survived by his parents, Clifford and Karen; stepmother Nancy; sister, Chelsea Tara; daughter, Caitlyn Vivian Wendt; significant other, Sarah Buba; grandparents, Don & Doris Shane, Sweetser, IN, and Leonard & Genevieve Wendt, Warsaw, IN; Pamela Randall James aunt, Bellefontaine, OH; Robert Sandy Shane uncle, Parker, CO; Paul Clair Wendt, cousin Patrick Chrissann Shane, Ladera Ranch, CA; Dan Jill Wendt, Chandler, AZ; Thomas Gabriella Wendt, Cypress, CA; Sonja Wendt, Gilbert, AZ, and many cousins and friends. Derek was dearly loved by many and will be deeply missed by all.

Derek is preceded in death by his grandmother, Juanita Shane and his uncle, Richard Shane.

Visitation was held on Wednesday, October 11th, 2006 from 7-9pm at O’Connor Mortuary in Laguna Hills, CA.

Second Visitation was held on Thursday, October 12th, 2006 from 9:30 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Irvine, CA.

The Mass of Christian Burial was held on Thursday, October 12th, 2006 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Irvine, CA. The Burial Service was immediately followed at El Toro Memorial Park in Lake Forest, CA.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourage you to send a donation on behalf of ?Caitlyn Vivian Fund? at

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97 responses to Derek Kynan Wendt

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  1. Leilani says:

    Aloha Derek!

    Yesterday William asked me to see if you basketball net is still up and on the driveway and Derek I am glad to say it is hip hip hooorah! Make us all feel better having it still here because we feel close to you still. I saw your Mom, Chelsea&Ryan bfriend and Kira, tonight… it was so much fun to see them. But I could not help myself looking around for you and poof I felt you touch my skin and thats when I knew the whole family was over at my house again minus Sahara & Baby. I just want you to know we are all doing better but we still miss you more then doing better if that makes sense.

    LOve you dear Son#2
    We miss you,

    Bill & your 2nd mom Leilani

  2. Karen Wendt says:

    Dear son,
    I’ve been talking to you everyday since you moved to heaven I saw this little poem and wanted to share it with you cause you are everything to me~I/WE miss you dude man dude and love you forever my handsome loving son~

    I have a heart full of memories
    that’s all I have left of you
    Each one treasured fondly
    With all the things
    We used to do.

    I have a beautiful angel
    In heaven high above
    A beautiful beautiful angel
    I was blessed to love

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