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On August 8, 1929, Derk Kaemingk was born into the loving embrace of his parents, Johan and Goeritje Kaemingk, alongside his siblings Johanna, Jan, Frederika, Theodora, Alida, Johann, Gerritje, Theodor, Willemina, and Elisebett. From the earliest moments of his life, Derk was surrounded by the warmth of family bonds that would shape his journey in profound ways.

In May of 1949, Derk embarked on a voyage across the seas, guided by courage and hope, to begin a new chapter in Canada. Settling in Emo, Ontario, he carried with him the values instilled by his parents and the love shared among his siblings.

In 1954, fate led Derk to Audrey, his beloved wife, and together they forged a partnership that would endure the tests of time. Their union was blessed with shared joys and shared sorrows, as they built a life together in Atikokan, then the Lakehead area, before finally putting down roots in Murillo, Ontario, where they tended to their dairy farm with dedication and love.

Derk's life was defined by his unwavering commitment to his faith and community. As an elder at the First Christian Reformed Church of Thunder Bay, he guided others with wisdom and compassion, his last term being at the age of 80. His selflessness extended beyond the church walls, as he volunteered at the Twice As Nice thrift store, embodying the spirit of service that defined his existence.

In addition to his devotion to his faith and community, Derk found joy in the camaraderie of the Farmer's Curling League at the Kakabeka Curling Club, where he spent many hours on the ice, competing and building friendships.

Derk's legacy extended far beyond his immediate community. He was instrumental in the creation of the creation of the Thunder Bay Christian School. He dedicated himself to volunteer work with the Christian School build, leaving an indelible mark on the educational landscape of his region. Additionally, his compassionate heart led him to volunteer work in Nicaragua, where he selflessly served those in need, embodying the spirit of Christian charity.

In 1995, Derk and Audrey retired to the tranquil surroundings of Kakabeka Falls, where they reveled in the beauty of nature and the quiet moments shared together. Though Audrey preceded him in death, her memory remained a guiding light in Derk's life, inspiring him to live each day with purpose and love.

Derk's legacy is woven into the tapestry of his family's lives. He leaves behind a legacy of love and wisdom cherished by his children: Geri (Arnold) Arps, Peter (Wendy) Kaemingk, Jeannette (John) Meijarrd, Joanne (Joe) Beerthuizen, Nancy Kaemingk, and Rosalie (Helmut) Pfeiffer. Though he has bid farewell to this earthly realm, his spirit lives on in the hearts of his beloved grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and all those who were touched by his kindness. He was also preceded in death by his grandson Ryan Beerthuizen.

On February 22, 2024, Derk peacefully passed away, leaving a void in the hearts of all who knew him. In the embrace of faith and the promise of eternal life, we bid farewell to Derk Kaemingk, knowing that he has been reunited with Audrey and embraced by the eternal love of our Heavenly Father. Though he has left this earthly realm, his spirit lives on in the hearts of his surviving siblings: Johann, Gerritje, and Theodor.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Thunder Bay Christian School or a charity of your choice. Additionally, heartfelt thanks are extended to the staff at Hogarth Riverview Manor on 7 South and Jasper Place for their care and compassion during the last few years of Derk's life.

Funeral services were held at the First Christian Reformed Church of Thunder Bay on Monday, February 26, 2024 followed by a luncheon, where friends and family gathered to celebrate Derk's remarkable life and bid him a fond farewell.

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