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

  1. dear derrick,

    I miss and love soo much! Caitlyn goes to preschool now and she loves it! I am no longer working at target although I know that you can see that! I am really having a hard time with you gone! I can’t wait to see you again!
    love always Sarah and caitlyn!

  2. Leilani says:

    Derek I just thought I would drop by and talk to you tonight. I miss you so much. Let me see your sis has a broken collar bone and thank God Irvine Hospital was closed down and so she was taken to another hospital and she is alive and well. I thought about you the night she got hurt. And had to walk way away from her in the parking lot to say a prayer for her so she would live. Okay okay and I shed a tear or two… Love you and miss you my dear buddy … just wanted you to know that I think about you every day….


    Leilani your buddy from across the street

  3. mom says:

    when tomorrow starts without me
    and I’m not here to see…
    if the sun should rise and find your
    eyes filled with tears for me,

    I wish so much you wouldn’t cry,
    the way you did today…
    while thinking of the many things
    we didn’t get to say.

    I know how much you love me,
    as much as I love you…
    and each time you think of me,
    I know you’ll miss me too,

    but when tomorrow starts without me,
    please try to understand…
    that God came and called my name
    and took me by the hand

    and said my place was ready
    in heaven far above…
    and that I’d have to leave behind
    all those I dearly love,

    so when tomorrow starts without me,
    don’t think we’re far apart…
    for every time you think of me
    I’m right here in your heart.

    Son~I love you always and forever,mom

  4. William went out and got us those New Years eve popers we pop together every year Derek… But not seeing you out there with me acting nuts what is the use? I guess William thinks there is something still special about our tradition raising heck in the middle of the street each new years so I will try and look happy for William’s sake…. My heart is broken because I won’t see your face New Years eve…… William says he will stand in for you this year… but without you what is the sense of the whole tradition of ours that we started so long ago when you were just a little kid? Maybe this year some one else then me will be out there in the middle of the street setting off car alarms and popping those popers. But I doubt it… Boy I sure do miss you dear buddy ole friend and son…. Love you! and I will never forget you ever as long as I live….. I love you your adopted Mom

  5. Karen Wendt says:

    Tonite I went around to the places we used to go just thinking of you how I miss u how I can’t believe your not here and I have to talk to u now up there it’s so hard I love you son I can’t even think of some of the memories because it becomes so overwhelming my heart just breaks that you did not get to live out a long life cause you are the
    kindest human being/son I love u always and forever please watch over caitlyn’s eye surgery jan 13 I can’t even come up with the right words for the loss of you ~ son you are everything to me~also please watch over your grandma hopefully she had her last chemo~thank-you Derek for all the love to us your family your friends I am sure I need to do alot more to be where I know you are with god as an angel hugs kisses and forever my handsome loving son~mom

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