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Derek Adrian Gonzalez

January 18, 1999 — December 21, 2023

Newton

 

Derek A. Gonzalez, age 24, was suddenly taken from this world on December 21, 2023. He had been residing in the home of his parents.

Derek was a beloved member of his family. Being described as a caring, loving and beautiful person. The guy who wanted to please everyone. A loyal friend, even if life caused a separation; Derek was the guy you could call anytime.

Derek had many loves in his life. First and foremost, was his love of Michigan Wolverines. Derek will be cheering them on from the other side as the Wolverines take on the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Rose Bowl, on New Year’s Day. Derek also loved shoes. He had an incredible infatuation for high-end expensive sneakers. Derek was a lover of animals. Including his rescue cat, Charlie. He also had a big love for elephants, they were Derek’s favorite animal. Lastly, Derek had a great love for music. He collected and listened to vinyl albums. He really enjoyed classic rock. Pink Floyd being one of his favorite bands. Derek also loved rap. From old school to the new stuff, Derek couldn’t get enough.

When Derek was around 18 years old, he began to show signs of mental illness. Eventually receiving a diagnosis of Schizophrenia.

For several years Derek struggled and fought against this infliction. But in the end, the battle was lost and the fight ended. Maybe now, Derek will finally be able to enjoy the peace and quiet he so longed for in life.

Preceding Derek in death are his maternal grandfather Owen M. Smith, his paternal grandparents Daniel and Isabelle (Gomez) Gonzalez and his uncle Daniel Gonzalez Jr. Derek is survived by both of his parents, Ricardo and Angela Gonzalez, his brother, Taylor and wife Taylor Christine, maternal grandmother Jeraldine Smith, aunt Kelly Steffee, uncle Karl Smith, aunt Juanita (Ernesto) Holguin, aunt Pamela Gonzalez and aunt Patricia (Dave) Stallbaumer. As well as many cousins and loved ones.

Visitation will be Thursday, December 28, 2023 from 5pm-9pm. Family will be available from 6pm-8pm. at Broadway Colonial Funeral home, Newton.

Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be held Friday, December 29, 2023 starting at 10:30am. Followed by a Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church at 11:00am.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Newton, following the service.

Family requests memorials to Our Lady Guadalupe Catholic Church or Caring Hands Humane Society. Both of Newton, Ks. Memorials may be sent in care of Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, 120 E. Broadway Newton, Ks 67114

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Service Schedule

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Visitation

Thursday, December 28, 2023

5:00 - 9:00 pm (Central time)

Broadway Colonial Funeral Home

120 E Broadway St, Newton, KS 67114

Family will be on hand to meet with friends and family from 6pm-8pm

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Recitation of the Holy Rosary

Friday, December 29, 2023

10:30 - 11:00 am (Central time)

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Mass of Christian Burial

Friday, December 29, 2023

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

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Burial

Friday, December 29, 2023

12:15 - 12:45 pm (Central time)

St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery

1024 East 1st Street, Newton, KS 67114

The Family would like those attending Derek's service to join then for a luncheon at Our Lady Guadalupe Church following graveside committal

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