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. I will miss you soo very much Derek. I love you, we will never forget you. love, chelsea

  2. Rest in peace Derek. We love and miss you soo much.

  3. We cannot say good-bye because you will always be in our hearts. You were so brave, Derek. You fought so hard to stay. God had other plans, I guess. I know my Dad greeted you with open arms. We will never stop missing you.

    Love, Pat, ChrissAnn, Ellis, & Callie

  4. Derek,

    You were a free spirit. During your short time you accomplished a lot of things and saw a lot of interesting places, you left behind a beautiful child and countless memories with everyone you met. You had an energy about yourself that I have never experienced and will never experience again. I will always have a place in my heart for you.

    I will always remember you,

    – Tom

  5. Dearest Cliff, Nancy and family,

    My daughter and I would like to extend our heartfelt sympathies. Please know that we are thinking of you both and your familys, especially your amazing son “DEREK”. God Bless him, “Heaven has another Angel to watch over you all”. His wings will be around you all forever, especially his “little daughter”.

    + D E R E K +

    I give you this one thought to keep –
    I am with you still – I do not sleep.
    I am a thousand winds that blow,
    I am the diamond glints on snow.
    I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
    I am the gentle autumn rain.
    When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
    I am the swift, uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight.
    I am the soft stars that shine at night.
    Do not think of me as gone –
    I am with you still – in each new dawn.
    + + +

    Though we never had the opportunity to meet your Derek, but from all we heard about him, this Native American Prayer says it all.

    God Bless you Derek ….

    And our prayers, love and hugs are with you Cliff and Nancy, little Kaitlin, your Mum, family, friends, and everyone who has the joy in their hearts forever, having known your Derek.

    All our love,
    Beverley & Brittney ¯gaard

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