Derek M. Kaser, 30, of rural Claypool

Derek M. Kaser, 30, of rural Claypool, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022 at his residence.

Derek was born on May 1, 1992 in Columbia City, Indiana to Mike and Johna Kaser. He was a 2010 graduate of Tippecanoe Valley High School. He worked as a Millwright for Local Union 1076 of Warsaw.


He loved his children and was very dedicated to his work. He traveled all over the country doing major repairs. He had a passion for the outdoors, as well as riding dirt bikes and fishing. There wasn’t a thing he was scared of, from jumping off cliffs, to working on top of wind turbines.

Derek is survived by his children Bently, Jaydon, and Kinzley; parents Mike and Johna Kaser of Akron; siblings Brooke and husband Brody Townsend of Rochester and Tyler Kaser of Fulton; maternal grandparents John and Crystal Weida of Akron; paternal grandparents Lynn and Carolyn Kaser of Churubusco; nephew Jake; and nieces Nova and Peyton.

The memorial funeral service will take place at 11:30 am, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023 at Hartzler Funeral Home 305 West Rochester Street Akron, Indiana with Pastor Jeff Sumner officiating.

The interment will take place in the Akron Cemetery, Akron, Indiana following the service.

Memorial visitation will be held from 10 am to 11:30 am, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023 at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, Indiana.