Derek M. Penderson 36, passed away Friday, May 13, 2022 at his home.
A memorial service will be held 2:00 P.M. Friday, June 10, 2022 at Spangler Chapel United Methodist Church, 1899 N. Mulberry Ave. Muscatine with a celebration of life to follow at the home of his mother 2390 Atalissa Road Atalissa, Iowa.
Memorials may be made to provide for his daughter Rebecca’s future education.
Derek Merle Penderson was born April 1, 1986 in Muscatine the son of Dennis Penderson and Nonie Zellmer. He was a graduate of West Liberty High School in the class of 2005. Following graduation Derek enlisted in the United States Marine Corp serving for 4 years and participating war in Iraq. On December 15, 2016 Derek and Larissa Reid were married at Wink’s Tap in West Liberty. He has worked in the maintenance department at West Liberty Foods for over 10 years.
He was a member of Spangler Chapel United Methodist Church in Muscatine and the Masonic Lodge. He enjoyed his goats, cats, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and collecting Pokemon Cards, playing crocket and badminton. The most important part of his life was his daughter Rebecca and spent many hours playing Barbie’s with her.
He is survived by his wife Larissa, daughter Rebecca, mother: Nonie (John) Wertzbaugher of Atalissa, father Dennis of West Liberty, maternal grandmother: Carolyn Zellmer of Muscatine, four sisters: Michelle Metzger of Muscatine, Morgan Penderson of Des Moines, Maggie (Perry) Hines of Mediapolis and Holly Huth of Henderson, Nevada. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather Don Zellmer, paternal grandparents: Raymond and Tona Penderson, uncle Jerry Zellmer, and infant niece Kenda Metzger.