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May 24, 1942 – May 30, 2024

Derek Dale Lawrence, Age 82 of Buffalo MN, formerly of Morrison IL, died peacefully at Quiet Oaks Hospice House in St. Augusta, MN on May 30, 2024, after a long battle with lymphoma.

Derek was born on May 24, 1942, to Rev. Walter and Elinor (Fellows) Lawrence and grew up in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.  He graduated from Delaware Township High School in 1961, then served in the United States Air Force as an airplane mechanic.  While serving in Tucson, Arizona, he met Virginia Mahoney.  Derek and Virginia were married on August 20, 1966 at the Chapel of the Transfiguration in Moose, Wyoming.  They settled in Illinois where Derek attended Shimer College.  Derek and Virginia spent the next 52 years making the communities of Mount Carroll, Chadwick and Morrison Illinois their homes.  Throughout this time, they were faithful members of the Church of St. Anne in Morrison.  They were blessed with two sons, Dale and Michael.  In retirement, they loved spending time at their condo in Fountain Hills, Arizona.  After Virginia’s death, Derek was blessed to spend six years at Park Terrace Assisted Living in Buffalo, MN where he was well loved and cared for.

Derek spent much of his career working in advertising for National Hardware in Sterling, Illinois. After his retirement from National, he spent several years as a college recruiter for Morrison Institute of Technology.  Derek loved working on his hobby farm in Chadwick, collecting antiques, coins and artwork, volunteering at his church, and showing off his classic cars at various car shows.  Most of all, he loved to make people laugh.

Derek was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Elinor, his wife, Virginia; brother Douglas (Doris Miller) Lawrence; and twin brother Donald (Delphine) Lawrence.  He is survived by son Dale (Amanda) Lawrence of Buffalo; son Michael (John Jordan) Lawrence of Phoenix, AZ; grandchildren Elizabeth, Rachel and Lucas Lawrence of Buffalo; and many wonderful friends.

A visitation will be held in the chapel at Park Terrace Assisted Living in Buffalo, MN on Sunday, June 9, 2024, from 4pm to 6pm.  A memorial service to celebrate Derek’s life will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2024, at the Church of St. Anne in Morrison, IL.  Visitation will be from 9:30am to 10:30am, funeral and interment at 11am, followed by a reception.

Memorials are preferred to Park Terrace Assisted Living (613 Montrose Blvd., Buffalo, MN 55313) or Church of St. Anne – Foundation Fund (401 N. Cherry St., Morrison, IL 61270).



5 Guestbook Entries

  1. Gretchen Bush

    Every time I pass by the Genesee Avenue house I think of the Lawrence family, and the memories come flooding back. Trent and Dale were involved in so many activities at the high school that, on some days, Trent spent more time there! Sweet memories of the Lawrence family. Derek, you’ve gone to Glory to be with Jenny and you will be greatly missed.

  2. Mary Schmitz

    Dr Lawrence , Amanda and Family
    Sorry to hear about the passing of your Father
    No matter what age we are it’s still hard to give up a parent , but knowing he is at peace can be comforting ❤️
    Hugs to you all
    Francis and Mary

  3. Phyllis Getz

    Many cherished memories of social events at the Lawrence home in Chadwick and Morrison have returned. Derek was Godfather for our daughter, Ann.
    We offer our sincere sympathy and peace for the entire family. Our prayers are with you at this difficult time.

  4. Dan and Carol Bitzer

    Dan and I send our deepest sympathies to the Lawrence families.

  5. Ric and Lou Seashore

    Sorry for your loss. Condolences to Dale and his family.


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