HARVEY, Derek Apr 23, 1981 – May 16, 2019

Derek Michael Harvey, 38, Crown Point, Indiana, passed away at his home May 16, 2019. Born April 23, 1981, in Kokomo, Indiana, Derek was a graduate of Northwestern High School and Purdue University and was employed by Prime Communications.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Katie Green, of Crown Point; parents, Mary (Burns) and Ed Rethlake, Ralph Harvey; brother, Jared (Christy) Harvey and nieces Marissa and Mia, all of Kokomo; half sister, Debby Sheron, and half brother, Ron (Tina) Harvey, of Washington; in-laws, Rob and Patti Green, of Crown Point; and sister-in-law, Karrie (Oscar) Ortiz; niece Sia and nephew Koen, of Merrillville; stepbrother, Doug (Alexis) Rethlake, of Turner, Maine; stepsister, Alicia Miller, of Westfield, Indiana.
He was preceded in death by grandparents, Andrew and Naomia Burns, Charles and Susan Harvey, and Vern and Lucille Rethlake.
After receiving a colon cancer diagnosis in 2014, Derek chose to live life to the fullest. He found true love, went on adventures, tried new things, traveled, spent time at museums, sporting events, concerts, plays, ate delicious food (always ordering dessert), laughed a lot and never took a day for granted. He continued to play trivia and video games, manage winning fantasy teams and win $2 bills from his friends. He loved Katie, his family, his friends and his dog, Gracie, with his whole heart. Derek’s kindness, humor and strength will continue to inspire others. “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
In lieu of flowers, please donate to Humane Indiana or your favorite non-profit animal rescue.
Visitation will be 1 to 6 p.m. (CST) Sunday, May 19, 2019, with a celebration of life service at 4 p.m. (CST), at Elmwood Funeral Chapel, 11300 W. 97th Lane (1/2 block west of U.S. 41/Wicker Avenue at 97th Lane), St. John. Interment is private.
For more information, call 219-365-3474 or visit www.elmwoodchapel.com
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