Derek Irven Monnier



Derek Irven Monnier, 34, of Brownstown, died unexpectedly Sunday, June 4, 2017, at his home.

Born Oct. 1, 1982, in Valparaiso, he was the son of Dennis “Sandy” Monnier of Valparaiso and Kathleen Prysock Thompson of Portage. He has lived in Jackson County for nine years. On July 31, 2010, on the river in Shieldstown, he married Tiffany Hallett Monnier, who survives.

He worked for SpaceGuard Products in Seymour as a welder and ran saws. He graduated from Wheeler High School in 2001. He loved playing with his kids and spending time with his family. He also enjoyed fishing, racing, working on cars, hanging with his friends and living life to its fullest.

Other survivors include his seven children, Blake Reel, Lilyana Monnier, Gabriella Monnier and Gavin Monnier, all of Michigan, Karson Henderson and Mason Monnier, both of Brownstown, and Sarah Smith of Brownstown; three brothers, Marcus Monnier of Seymour, Robert Thompson of Illinois and Paul Ruddick of Brownstown; and three sisters, Pamela McMeans of Boone Grove, Angela Held of Valparaiso and Angie Sullivan of Seymour.

He was preceded in death by his “Mom,” Carol McMeans, who raised him, and his grandmother, Gertrude Monnier.

The funeral service will be at 4 p.m. today at Johnson Funeral Home in Vallonia with Minister Dave Semenuk officiating.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until time of service today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Tiffany Monnier.

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