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Derek M. Esterline

Derek passed away Monday, April 3, 2023 in Kalamazoo.

He was born October 4, 1974 in Plainwell the son of Mark and Judy (Bowers) Esterline. Derek graduated from Comstock High School in 1992. He worked in construction and owned and operated DNA Residential. Derek enjoyed fishing, target shooting, cooking, grilling and gardening. On April 29, 2016 he married Melissa Louden who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Dustin (Bethany) Louden of Plainwell, Kailey Esterline of Otsego and Harper Esterline of Otsego; grandson Caiden and 2 more grandchildren due soon; his father; sister, Amber LaCourse along with many extended family members.

He was preceded in death by his mother.

Friends may visit with Derek’s family from 2-4 and 6-8 PM, Wednesday, April 12, 2023, at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where a funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, April 13, 2023 with Celebrant Nyla Merrill officiating.

Cremation will follow.

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LaRayne Sweet

April 10, 2023 at 12:29 pm

I am so sorry Aunt Judy to hear of this, I am keeping you all in my Prayers. I Love you


Adam and Beth

April 10, 2023 at 6:00 pm

So sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.


Adam and Beth


Lana Bretz

April 10, 2023 at 9:58 pm

Hey Melissa and Family,

I was extremely saddened to hear of Derek’s passing. He was always a wonderful person/father/husband/friend. I hope everyone knows he was very loved.

Lana Bretz


Jazmine Johnson

April 10, 2023 at 10:09 pm

My condolences to the family I loved me some Derek he was such a cool funny guy!!!



April 11, 2023 at 9:30 am

I’m so sorry to hear this Missy. During my years working with you I recall Derek picking you up at the end of the day He always had sweet Harper with him. It was clear to me how much he loved and adored you and the children. Prayers for peace and comfort for you and the family.



Linda Ritchie

April 11, 2023 at 5:34 pm

So deeply sorry for your loss. Derek was such a great guy. I only knew him from his work he did for me. He spoke about his family daily and he will be missed very much.

Prayers for you and all of your family.

Brandy also known as Linda


Maggie, Chad and Brenden Bronson

April 12, 2023 at 6:56 am

Our thoughts and prayers are with Harper and family. ❤️


Tammy Pfau Leonard

April 17, 2023 at 5:11 pm

Mark and Derek’s Family and Friends ~ sincere condolences during this tragic time. May your Fond memories help you during this unthinkable time.


Renee Lockett

May 22, 2023 at 11:41 pm


I just learned of Derek’s passing today. I am so sorry for you and your family. Derek always had a smile to share and a joke to make me laugh and thats how I’ll remember him.


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