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Joe Derryberry

d. May 12, 2014

Joe Derryberry

Albert Joe Derryberry
January 26, 1939 May 12, 2014

Born on January 26, 1939, in Baxter Springs, KS, Albert Joe Derryberry was raised by parents Albert Red Derryberry and Ella Vienna Crotts Derryberry. Joe is survived by his siblings Barbara Rice, Madge Clogston and Dean Derryberry.

Like much of his family, Joe was a dedicated athlete and avid sports fan. He played running back for the 1958 Coffeyville Red Ravens football team as well as the Pittsburg State University Gorillas where he graduated in 1963 with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration. Joes love for athletics followed him later in life and when he wasnt cheering on his grandchildren in their various activities, he was on the green, practicing his putt. Joe was an avid golfer at the Coffeyville Country Club, recording three career holes in one and is survived in golf by Jim and John Voelzke, Louie OConner and Warren Blaich and many more friends and fellow players.

Although at times it seemed all that was on his mind was the score of the KU basketball game, never a second went by that Joe wasnt thinking about his family. A family he started when he married Nancy Ann Irwin on June 8, 1960. He is survived by his wife Nancy, his daughter Denise and her husband Mark Maloney, and his son Douglas and his wife Meg Derryberry.
Although Joes children have grown into responsible adults, his focus the past 24 years has been on his grandchildren.

Papa Joe, as he will forever be known, is survived by grandchildren Dylan, Jacob and Madison Derryberry and Megan and Nick Maloney. Papa Joe worked tirelessly for his grandchildren to have every opportunity in life and his work has developed fine young men and women. Joe was very proud of his grandchildren and in his final days was ecstatic to hear news that his great granddaughter Etta Jo Derryberry would be joining the family in August. He rests easy knowing she will be taken care of by a great family. A family his hard work helped form.

Joes hard work at helping raise his family is only a sample of the hard work he displayed all of his life. Joe understood the importance of good work ethic and worked tirelessly at everything he did. Joe began a career with the Accounting Department of Parmac, Inc. of Coffeyville, KS in 1967 and was promoted in 1996 and retired as PresidentGeneral Manager in 2002. Joe was a fixture in the local Coffeyville community, where he was loved and respected by everyone he knew. His community, his friends and his family will miss him sorely.

These are only highlights of the long, prosperous life Joe lived. His family hopes that these words inspire the memories of the man we lost for all of those that loved him. Joe Derryberry was the backbone of his family. He stood tall when nearly all of us faltered. His confidence never wavered and when we needed him most he was there. So when you look back on a few of the things that made him who he is, his family, his work and his golf swing, remember your own experiences with him. Remember how Joe Derryberry touched your life. Perhaps remember him over a Scotch and Soda tall, Papas preferred drink.

Funeral service will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Coffeyville, KS at 2 pm on Saturday, May 24, 2014 under the direction of FordWulfBruns Chapel. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made payable to the Coffeyville Public Library and the Coffeyville Salvation Army. For information on donations contact the FordWulfBruns Chapel at 620 2513100. To leave a special message for the family online, visit www.fordwulfbrunsfuneralhome.com

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