Derek is a native of Little Chute and
got his start in the funeral profession working for George Kessler in
2009. He is a graduate of Kaukauna High School and Milwaukee Area
Technical College where he majored in Mortuary Science. Derek is a
member of many area service clubs including the Knights of Columbus, JC’s and
the Kaukauna Elks Club, and is also a volunteer fireman. In August of 2017,
Derek, along with Pat Fahrenkrug, purchased the funeral home from George
Kessler. Derek is extremely dedicated to his profession and the
families he serves. His caring and compassionate nature is evident while
guiding them through the funeral process.
Pat was born and raised in Neenah and graduated
from Neenah High School in 1988. For many years Pat and his family have
been members of St. Gabriel Catholic Church. He has been involved in
funeral service in the Fox Valley for over 25 years and has been a licensed
funeral director since 1994. Pat is also a registered Life Insurance Agent in
the state of Wisconsin and is available to assist people with pre-planning as
well as pre-funding their funeral arrangements. In August of 2017, Pat, along
with Derek Van Deurzen, purchased the funeral home from George Kessler.
Pat has dedicated his life to serving those in need, and is extremely
passionate about the funeral profession. He is honored to be serving families
in his hometown of Neenah.
George has literally been raised in the funeral home business. He was born at Theda Clark Hospital in Neenah and his parents and 5 children lived on the second floor of the Kessler Funeral Home. George graduated from Neenah High School before receiving a BBA from St Edwards University in Austin TX. He then graduated from Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science in 1966. Upon his return to Neenah, he became associated with his father and mother and funeral service. George purchased the funeral home and business from his parents in 1972. George served with the Wisconsin Army National Guard from 1966 to 1972. Through the years George has been a member in the following service clubs and organizations: Neenah Menasha Jaycees; Neenah Kiwanis Club; 3rd and 4th degree Knights of Columbus; Neenah Menasha Elks Lodge #676; American Legion, Hawley-Dieckhoff Post #33, Neenah, Wisconsin Funeral Directors Association and National Funeral Directors Association.