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“Fly high Derek you'll b missed by many. ”
1 of 6 | Posted by: Dorothy Williams rugg - MI

“We use to go to grade school together an then found out u was my bff/ brother Matt's cuz we hung out alot I miss your jokes an u beening silly...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Betty Hunter - Battle creek, MI

“Love you brother rest in paradise til we all come together again... You WILL live on through all our hearts ❤❤❤❤❤...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: Ashley Martin - Plymouth, ME

“On behalf of all my my Family - The Newsums (Gina and Harold), the Caseys (Marc and Tina) The Waltons (Rob and Stacy, Hannah and Olivia) The Blacks ...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: Regina newsum - battle creek, MI

“Still just hard to believe man.. I'll always miss our hanging out days, I only regret that we didn't stay as close as we should have. You wasn't just...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Matthew Flowers - Chattanooga, TN

“RIP you will be missed.now your in god's hand's.n ”
6 of 6 | Posted by: vonda miles - springfield, MI


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Derek John Nelson, 40 of Battle Creek, Michigan died at home unexpectedly on Christmas Day, 2021.


Derek was born September 15, 1981 in Battle Creek, Michigan the son of Richard Martin and Jeannie Nelson. He grew up in Battle Creek. Derek was currently employed as a floor supervisor at Advantage Sintered Metals, Inc. in Fort Custer Industrial Park.


Surviving are a his children, Devin J. Nelson of New Port Richey, FL, Brianna K. Zuke of Ypsilanti, MI, Derek J. Nelson, Jr. of West Palm Beach, FL; his father and stepmother, Richard and Joann Martin; sister, Ashley Nelson; brother, Marky Ward; aunts, Betty Polzin; Bobbie Murphy, Susan Carnell; cousins, Ariel Garcia; Aaron Murphy; Samantha Jones; Heather Jenkins; niece, Serenity Ward; nephew, Ethan Davis. Derek was preceded in death by his mother, Jeannie (Nelson) Ward and grandmother Eppie Nelson


Derek loved watching sports and was an avid fan of all Detroit teams, the Tigers, Lions, Pistons, Red Wings and the University of Michigan teams too. He loved spending time with his family and friends. Derek liked to stay busy and was on-the-go traveling to be with family and friends and seeking new adventures. Derek will be remembered as a fun loving outgoing person who loved everyone and had a ability to make anyone smile that was around him.


A gathering to celebrate Derek's life will be held at:
American Legion Post 298
228 North 20th street
Battle Creek, MI 49037
January 2, 2022 from 2pm-5