In memory of
Richard E. Derkman
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In memory of
Richard E. Derkman
Richard E Derkman Naples, FL Richard Edward Derkman, beloved husband and devoted father, passed away on Sunday, January 1, 2017, surrounded by his loving family after a brave and long 10 year battle with cancer. Richard was born in Avon Park, Florida, on June 25, 1963. He attended the University of Central Florida (UCF) where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Education. He was a P.E. teacher at Golden Gate Elementary School for 26 years and loved his job, students and colleagues. Every student that has ever attended Golden Gate Elementary school since 1990 has had "Mr. Derkman" as their P.E. teacher. Richard's passion was his family, teaching, sports, golf, and fishing. Richard is survived by his loving wife, Martha Sosa; his devoted children, Mercedes and Ricky Derkman; his father, Richard Derkman; his sister, Mary Linda Jackson; and many family and friends that loved him dearly. He was predeceased by his loving mother, Lucile (Lucy) Derkman. A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. at Saint Agnes Catholic Church, 7775 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples, Florida. Visitation will be held at Hodges Funeral Home at Naples Memorial Gardens 525-111th Ave. N., Naples, Florida 34108 from 11:00 a.m. until time of a "Celebration of Life" Memorial Service on Sunday, January 15, 2017, at 1:30 p.m., immediately followed by the committal at his final resting place. Donations in Rick's memory may be made to Golden Gate Elementary School and in the Memo Section reference Richard E. Derkman Children's Memorial Fund. Please mail your donation to Golden Gate Elementary School, 4911 20th Place S.W., Naples, Florida 34116. Online condolences may be made by visiting
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