Lauren D. Derscheid

EVART — At about 2 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, Lauren D. Derscheid, 36, traded in his cancer-laden body for a new and perfect version. While we are thankful that his suffering is over, Lauren leaves a huge hole in our hearts and home and church.

Visitation is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, at Corey Funeral Home, 415 N. Main St., Evart. Funeral services are at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, at Evart Free Methodist Church, 6153 95th Ave, Evart, with the Revs. Donald Newport and Scott Thrasher officiating.

Lauren Davin Derscheid was born on Dec. 4, 1978, in Grand Rapids, the son of Larry and Betty Derscheid. Around age 11, he lived one year abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark, with his family — an experience he reflected on with delight even in his last days. Following graduation from the Wesleyan Holiness Academy in 1997, Lauren attended Mid-Michigan Community College and God’s Bible School for college studies. He was a charter member of Aldersgate Ski Club. He also was a member of the Wesleyan Holiness Chapel of Mount Pleasant.

Lauren was a fun-loving guy. He enjoyed playing pranks, watching Christian comedians and always had an arsenal of jokes up his sleeve. Before his illness, he was a childcare worker at Pineview Boys Home in Evart and was very creative in finding activities for the boys. He knew something about everything and threw his heart and soul into all that he did, whether it was skiing, fishing, setting up and maintaining aquariums, raising exotic animals, politics (which he both loved and hated), his job or his most recent prayer ministry.

He is already missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his parents, Larry and Betty (Parsons) Derscheid, of Evart; brother, Tony (Sara) Derscheid, of Kirklin, Ind.; sister, Elizabeth Derscheid, of Evart; nieces, Britnee (Alex) Fry, of Frankfort, Ind., and Janae, Kerrigan and Megyn Derscheid, of Kirklin, Ind.; paternal grandmother, Helen Derscheid, of Evart; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by maternal grandfather, William Parsons; maternal grandmother, Hannah Parsons; and paternal grandfather, Lowell Derscheid.

In lieu of flowers, money may be given to the family for funeral expenses or his favorite charity.