Owner, Funeral Home and Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
Derek was raised in Middletown, Ohio, and Graduated in 1992 from Middletown High School and went on to attend Miami University. He moved to Preble County and worked for Hueston Woods State Park until going to work at the Preble County Sheriff’s Office in 1998. He left the Sheriff’s Office in 2008 to attend the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. Derek Graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2009 from CCMS, earning his Bachelor of Science degree.
After completing his apprenticeship, he became a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer and began working for Roger’s Funeral Home in New Lebanon for 8 years. In 2016 He and Eshelle purchased the old Nein’s Funeral Home in Camden and after growing and gaining some experience, they decided to purchase Preble Memory Gardens Funeral Center and Cemetery in 2021, from Dan and Caralynn Appenzeller. Derek also obtained his Master’s Training Certification to help develop future funeral professionals.
Derek is a member, and Vice President, of the Camden Family Lions Club, a member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors
Association, and Ohio Cemetery Association. Every now and again Derek enjoys a round of golf, casting a line, or whitewater rafting when he has time. He likes to travel, hike, and relax outdoors, but most of all loves to escape to the Smokey Mountains when he can. He is married to his lovely wife, Eshelle, of 21 years.
Together they have raised their beautiful children, and have two sweet, yet ornery, grandsons who are their world. He is proud to call Camden his home.