He was born Aug. 30, 1979, to Jay and Sandy Zentko.
He graduated from Northview High School with the class of 1998. Following high school, he began working for Morris Manufacturing and later JWS Machine Shop in Quality Control. Since May 2008, Derek has managed a brave fight against lung and brain cancer. In his free time, Derek enjoyed playing computer games and spending time with friends, family and his dog Keegan.
He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion Post 2 and was recently baptized.
He was preceded in death by his father Jay Zentko, grandfathers Robert L. Lucas and Thomas Zentko, and aunt Sherry Fox.
He is survived by his mother Sandy Zentko, brothers Jay Zentko and Barry Zentko, grandmothers Julia Dove and husband Tim and Gloria Zentko, uncle Stephen Lucas and Tom Zentko, aunts Cathy Souders and husband Dennis, nieces and nephews Devan, Camela, Andrea, and Dennis, as well as several extended family members and friends.
Services will be at French Funeral Home Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009, at 1 p.m., with Bob Nevins and Rev. Ray LaSalle officiating. Burial will follow at Clearview Cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home Tuesday, from 11 a.m., until time of services. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to VistaCare Foundation 3401 S 4th St. Terre Haute, IN 47802-5501.
Visit www.frenchfuneralhome.com to light a candle in his memory.