Derek Kip Lepke was born in Harlan, IA, on June 27, 1968. He went to be with his Lord and Savior on May 22, 2021, in Amarillo, TX. The only thing that Derek loved more than being an executive at Kimrad, was the great outdoors. He was a professional hunter for 20 years. Derek traveled the world and was always up for the thrill of the hunt. He loved fishing and even made his own pond at his farm along with planting almost 10,000 trees, taking the time to add water lines to each and every tree. He cared very much about land conservation.
When Derek was not hunting or working on his farm, he was watching Hunter and Hayden in all their activities and athletics. His voice was loud and passionate, and everyone knew when Derek was in the room. The delight of Derek’s life was being “Pops” to his sweet granddaughter, Huntlee. They played, laughed, and always had fun.
Derek met the love of his life, Susan Salvato, they shared many dreams together, one including getting married at Derek’s favorite lake, Lake Okoboji, in the summer of 2022. Even at the end of Derek’s life, he would light up when she entered the room. It was easy to see the love between them. Derek’s family is so grateful for the love and care that Susan gave him right up to the end.
Derek is survived by his parents, Kip and Gloria Lepke of Perry, IA; his sister, Emily and her husband Lamont York of Perry, IA; his daughter, Hunter Lepke (daughter Huntlee) and her fiancé Ty Knox of Amarillo, TX; his son, Hayden Lepke of Killeen, TX; and many loving nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be at 2:00 P.M., Friday, May 28, 2021, at Trinity Fellowship Church, with Kyle Wilkinson officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Use this link to view a recording of the service: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ZMrxhRMM4okvDYR54U3_T837xmrKPT-U/view?usp=sharing