Eric Anton Derugen

April 16, 1951 ‒ December 30, 2017

Prospect, Ohio
Formerly of Marion, Ohio

Eric Anton Derugen, Prospect, Ohio

Born in Erie, PA to the late Samuel J. Derugen and the late Dorothy P. Hanks Rondeau Derugen Collins, Eric went home on December 30, 2017.  He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Lee Ann (Burley) Derugen; Brother: Samuel (Patty) Derugen of Woodward, PA; Sisters: Paula (Joe) Bosanac of Ontario, Canada and Pamela Derugen, Marion.  Nephews and Nieces: Billy (Cathy) Derugen, NC; Samuel (Krissy) Derugen, PA; Tom (Stephanie) Derugen, OH; Eric (Nicky) Derugen, PA; Steve (Elin) Bosanac, Canada; Tony Bosanac (Dasha Novikova), TX; Chandra Bosanac, Texas.  Great nephews and nieces: Nathan, NC; Machaela, Dalton, PA; Corey, Zack, Katie, OH; Seth and Kyle, PA.  He dearly loved their Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Sunny, or Baby Girl as they affectionately called her.  He also will be missed by the guys from the neighborhood and his new friends he met at AA and NA this past year who helped him to achieve his one year of sobriety on December 30th, the day he died.

He married Lee Ann Burley on November 16, 1974 in the Green Camp Methodist Church, Green Camp, Ohio.

Eric was always a hard worker.  He worked as a teenager after his parents’ divorce either pumping gas until the wee hours of the morning or shoveling manure for local farmers and then go back to school the next morning.  After graduation from Wynford High School in 1969, he started the next day working for North Electric Co. in Galion and then as a draftsman in research and development at Huber Manufacturing in Marion until they closed.  He built and tested the prototype machinery at Huber.  Eric was a skilled finish carpenter working for Marvin Ringle and Hank Bell Construction Companies and later started his own business.  He was a perfectionist when it came to woodworking and always had to make a perfect mitered corner.  If he went into a friends’ house which may have just been built, you would see him feeling the corners of the woodwork to see how good a job the builder had done.

He worked at Peabody, Mt Vernon; Sycon and Na-Churs Plant Food in Marion.  In later years, after he built their dream home on the Burley Farm on Rt 203 in 1999, he worked steadily for his father in law, Bill Burley Jr on the farm.  He loved the outdoors so planting and harvesting the crop made him very happy.  This part time job worked well with his other part time job of being an entrepreneur.  He retired from farming in 2005 but still helped out on the farm.  He loved to travel Ohio and beyond its borders to find a good deal that he then could sell for a profit. Eric’s hobbies were fishing in the early years with his step father, Rudy Collins; hunting with his brother, nephews, great nieces and nephews every hunting season and finding a good buy. His nephew Tom and his son Corey, who are the family living in Ohio, were especially helpful and caring to Eric and Lee Ann.  They were always there for them through his treatment for cancer, her surgeries the same year and anytime he needed help doing something on the farm or around the house.

He was a member of the First United Church of Christ, Marion since 1999.  He enjoyed helping others by assisting with setup and clean up for the funeral dinners in the fellowship hall, doing some handyman work like painting the church sign, and putting up a basketball hoop in the church parking lot for the neighborhood kids.  He really made lifelong friends by helping the older ladies of the church with fixing things around their home or taking them out to dinner at a new restaurant.  Eric was in remission for 4 years from Small Cell Lung Cancer prior to having a severe stroke.

A Celebration of Life service will be with the First United Church of Christ   currently meeting and located within the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 930 Harding Memorial Pkwy, Marion on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 11:00 am with Pastor Gale Green, First UCC officiating.  Friends and Family may visit on Friday, January 5, 2018 from 4:00-7:00 pm at the Snyder Funeral Homes, Denzer Chapel, 360 East Center St, Marion.  Burial will be at the Green Camp Cemetery at a later date.

Eric had asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be given to the American Cancer Society or the Marion Humane Society.

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  • Lee Ann, Karl and I are so very sorry about Eric’s passing. You and your family have our deepest sympathy.

  • LeAnn,
    It was such a blessing to have met Eric. My heart feels your saddest. Your everlasting Faith and God’s Love I pray will be with you.
    Carol Edwards

  • Lee Ann,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. Know that I’m praying for you and your family.

    Joe Farry

  • Lee Ann,
    I am so sorry to hear of Eric’s passing. Take care of yourself and be mindful that many of your family and friends are praying for your understanding and peace.

  • Dear Lee Ann, our hearts are in deeply sorrow for Eric passing. We are praying that God will bring you comfort and peace in these difficult times. Our family have great memories of him, we thank God for his life in earth, trusting that our Lord and Father has received his soul. We love you. Freddy, Marbella, Susie, Sophia and Ethan Caceres.

  • Dearest LeeAnne,
    May God bless and keep you comforted in the palm of His mighty hand, and bring you peace. You have my deepest and most sincere sympathy. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. I’m so very sorry for your great loss.
    Ellie Milligan

  • Lee Ann,

    Praying for you at this difficult time. May God’s presence comfort you and your family. Cherish the memories you and Eric created together.


    Karen Herold

  • Lee Ann,
    May the Grace of God give you comfort in knowing that one day you will see him again. Praying for you and the family.

    Nancy and Jeff Crabtree

  • Lee Ann accept my condolences. Even though I did not know Eric, I could tell that you and he had a special, beautiful relationship. I am sorry for your loss. Please accept my prayers and those of your classmates.

  • Lee Ann,
    I am so sorry to hear of Eric’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. I enjoyed so much reading his obituary and learning all the ways Eric filled his time and particularly learning about his commitment to being service to others. I hold you close in my heart

    Donna Owens