Joshua C. Derksen, 35, sous-chef at LeYaca French Restaurant – Williamsburg Yorktown Daily

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Joshua C. Derksen
Joshua C. Derksen

Joshua C. Derksen, 35, left these earthly bounds to be with his Savior Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. He was born March 24, 1984, at Obici Hospital, Suffolk.

He moved to Virginia Beach with his parents to share in Children’s Ministry for four years, and then to Norfolk, where he went to Grace Christian School. In 1995, the family moved to the Peninsula, where he became a lifelong resident.

He loved biology, surfing, airplanes and fishing. Music became a passion. He attended Woodside High School, where he was in an aeronautics program. After high school, he joined the Newport News Sheriff’s Office and became a deputy sheriff. From there, he enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard, where he served in homeland security. He was currently a sous-chef at LeYaca French Restaurant in Williamsburg and loved cooking for Shorty’s too. He was kind and helpful to all.

He is survived by his mother, Angela Echols, and her husband, Mark; father, Rickey E. Derksen; brother, Benjamin Derksen, and his wife, Melody, and their daughter, Olivia (she was his light); uncle, David Combs, and his wife, Terrie; grandmother, Sylvia Combs, who was very special to him and always there for him; three cousins on his mom’s side, Monica, Jessica and Brad, and his wife, Leane; aunt, Charlene, and Jeff Woody, on his dad’s side; along with cousins, Michael and Kimberly, his other cousin, Heather, went to be a heavenly angel last year; grandma, Sheila, and Grandpa, Rex Derksen; and precious honorary mother, Lorraine Hughes. The joy in his life currently was work, and his friends that were just like family, Teona, Zi Zi, Meli, Cody, Sam, Alex, Louie, Denis and Terry. The family at Shorty’s and LeYaca. God Bless.

I Corinthians 2:9: Things which the eye has not seen nor ear has heard, and which have not entered the heart of man. All that God has prepared for those who love him.

A service to celebrate Joshua’s life will be held at 4 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 25, at Providence United Methodist Church, 113 Old Dare Road, Yorktown, with the Rev. Lise Blackmonson.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Providence United Methodist Church.

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