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Paul E. Derr

Paul E. Derr, age 98, formerly of Derr's Road, Bloomsburg, died at 11 a. m. Thursday, July 16, 2020, at Vintage Knolls Senior Living Center in Danville.

Born on September 8, 1921 in Hemlock Township, he was a son of the late Clarence E. and Hazel (Brobst) Derr. He was a lifelong resident of Hemlock Township.

Paul was employed by Danville State Hospital for 19 years where his last position was serving as a vocational instructor. He also was a dairy farmer for many years.

He was a member of the Emanuel Dutch Hill Bible Church and earlier had been a member of the former Dutch Hill United Church of Christ where he served on the Consistory for many years and also taught both youth and adult Sunday School classes. He also served on the Danville Area School District board for a number of years.

Paul was preceded in death by his wife, the former Harriet  B. Reichard, on July 30, 2019; by two brothers: Leroy C. Derr and Franklin E. Derr and by three sisters: Ethel M. Correll, Isabel I. Shultz and Esther G. Sandel.

Surviving are two sons: Gerald P. Derr, and his wife Diane, Bloomsburg and Dennis L. Derr, and his wife Mary Ann, Zionsville; eight grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Private funeral services will be held for the immediate family with his pastor, Rev. George A. Zerbe officiating. Interment will be made in Dutch Hill Cemetery.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Dean W. Kriner, Inc., Funeral Home & cremation Service, 325 Market Street Bloomsburg.


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As a hospice volunteer (music therapy), myself and a friend got to meet Paul and get to know him in the final months of his life. I kind man who won our hearts from the start. He spoke lovingly of his family and his wife and enjoyed telling us about the pictures around his room. Oh,and how he loved the Lord andloved to sing the old hymns. These were his favorites and he taught us a few till our visits were done. We ended each visit with a prayer. Blessing him,his family, and the staff at Vintage Knolls. Always adding a prayer for his comfort and strength. In our last visit, Paul ended the prayer by including us, and praying for our ministry. The fact that he would think of others,even in his failing health is testament to the kind of man he was. It brought tears to our eyes. A wonderful man and a wonderful soul! Blessings,Paul. R.I.P.

Leon Broskey Jul 28 2020 12:00 AM

Dutch Hill Cemetery board sends deepest sympathy to the family of Paul Derr.
Paul was long time and devoted board member, He will be missed greatly.
sincerely the Dutch Hill Cemetery Board

James Bardo Secretary of Board Jul 24 2020 12:00 AM

Paul and Harriet were my mom's Miriam Thomas cousins we are truly sorry about Paul he was a wonderful caring person ENJOYED VISITS TO THEIR BEAUTIFUL HOME ON DERR ROAD. I DIDN'T KNOW THAT HARRIET PASSED AWAY LAST YEAR HADN'T SEEN THEM IN A COUPLE OF YEAR OUR PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS TO THE FAMILY
MIRIAM AND SCOTT THOMAS BOTH WONERFUL PEOPLE

SCOTT E THOMAS Jul 21 2020 12:00 AM

I am sorry for your loss. Paul was a great person and had the biggest heart I have known. I enjoyed doing puzzles with him at Vintage Knolls. He always made everyone smile and had kind words to say. I am sure Harriethas met him with open arms.

Tammy Tomlinson Jul 20 2020 12:00 AM

Derr family,
Our office is saddened of learning of Paul's passing. He was always a gentleman who often would offer a hug in appreciation. Many times when he had an appointment he would bring in a bag of chocolates saying that even a dentist needed sweets. He will be missed.

Dr. Joseph Yatko and Staff

Joseph Yatko Jul 20 2020 12:00 AM

We will always remember fondly the good times spent with Paul and Harriet and all the Shultzs, going to the Brass Pelican and celebrating everyone's birthdays. Paul was an exceptionally good natured and gentle man. I can never recall when he was mad or upset with anyone- always very pleasant. You will be missed! Until we meet again, Ruth Snyder and family

Pat Snyder Jul 19 2020 12:00 AM