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Rick Derf, 75, Grand haven, MI formerly of Plymouth

December 10, 2020
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Rick DerfRichard “Rick” John Derf, age 75, of Grand Haven, passed away on Friday, December 4, 2020 at Holland Community Hospital. He was born on July 25, 1945 in Plymouth, Indiana, to the late Richard and Hattie (Hupp) Derf, former family owners of Derf Jewelers, in Plymouth. Rick married Martha (“Marty”) Baughman on June 25, 1967 in Plymouth, IN. He was the President of the Plymouth Softball Association, member of the IHSAA and was a well know sports broadcaster in Plymouth, IN, announcing high school sports, including the 1977 Plymouth High School Football State Championship game and again in 1982 for the Plymouth High School State Championship basketball game. Rick and his sidekick, Corky Lingle were known to many as (“B.T.R.”) “Big Time Radio.” Rick was also a very familiar voice at both the Plymouth  and South Bend Motor Speedways, where he announced regularly for more than 15 years. Rick loved to D.J. music for special occasions; he was an avid bowler and played slow pitch softball. Rick worked as the Advertising Manager at the Pilot News, local newspaper, in Plymouth for five years before he committed himself to full time work as an insurance agent with AFLAC. It was with AFLAC where he found his passion for helping others, enjoying 45 years of service. In 1990, he and Marty moved to Michigan and Rick continued to work with AFLAC. Rick had a great sense of humor, was a spiritual man, and a faithful member of Harvest Bible Chapel in Grand Haven, MI.

Surviving is his wife Marty of 53 years, two daughters, Kimberly (Willie) Rahrig, Erica Bergner; seven grandchildren; Lauren Roscoe, John (Cassie) Roscoe, Aaron Rahrig, Garrett Rahrig, Noel Rahrig, Gabriel Rahrig, and Reese Bergner, 4 great-grandchildren; brother, James (Suzanne) Derf. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother; Phillip Derf. A celebration of Rick’s life will be held at Harvest Bible once restrictions are lifted. An additional Memorial service and burial will take place in Plymouth Indiana in the spring. Please visit www.klaassenfuneralhome.com to sign Rick’s online guest book or share a memory with his family.

 

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