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 2009 to attend the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2010, earning his Bachelor of Science degree.
After completing his apprenticeship, he became a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer and began working for Rogers Funeral Home in New Lebanon and Trotwood. In 2016, he and Eshelle purchased the R.C. Nein and Sons Funeral Home in Camden.
A few years later, they were approached by Dan and Caralynn Appenzeller, the then owners of Preble Memory Gardens, to take over their legacy. The purchase was finalized at the end of December 2020.
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 and President of District 4, 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 Smoky 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.