Derek Schleicher a long time resident of Carson, CA. passed away on Dec. 26, 2009 in Carson; CA. Derek was born in San Pedro on December 25, 1982 and has resided in the Los Angeles area for the last 27 years. Derek had registered for culinary arts school for the spring 2010 semester. Currently, he had been working in internet sales. Derek enjoyed reading books, watching movies, or anything in the genres of sci-fi, fantasy, or action. He enjoyed Japanese Gundam and Anime model building/collecting, all types of puzzles and strategy games from board to computer. Playing hockey was his main passion. He played from the age of 5 to 18. He was also passionate about baseball, soccer, and paintball. In recent years his passion had moved to cooking and baking. He was proud to be an American, but was also very proud of his heritage (German/ American). He was a huge fan of historic times of the Vikings, Romans, and Germanic and Asian tribes. Anything having to do with the Civil War, World War 1, and 2, as well as Mob life. Survived by: Wolfgang (father), Stephanie (mother), Dieter Schleicher (older brother), Grandmothers Emily Brand and Ann Schleicher, aunts, uncles and cousins. Proceeded in death by: Grandfathers Herbert Brand and Walter Schleicher, Uncle Wesley Brand, and all his favorite pets. A memorial service will be held at White and Day Colonial Mortuary, 901 Torrance Blvd. Redondo Beach, CA. Viewing will be from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM, memorial starts at 2:00 PM. There will be coffee, water, and cookies at the mortuary. A reception will follow.

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  1. I cannot begin to imagine what you are feeling right now. I am so deeply saddened by the news and my heart goes out to everyone in the family.

  2. Dear Steph, Wolf, & Dieter, Words cannot express how we feel about the loss of our Nephew Derek. This is so hard to write. He was such a cute, loving happy baby. I’m happy that I babysat him for his first years. As you already know, my whole family loved and enjoyed him. He was “our blue eyed, blond curly hair, Filipino baby boy.” We’re all heartbroken. God gave him to you for 27 years & 1 day. (Too short of time!) Now you have those years of precious memories to treasure in your hearts forever. Trust that he is Happy in Heaven and hopefully that will help you find some comfort during this very difficult time. We Love You!!! Love, Penny & your brother Raymond Whitaker Sr.

  3. I’m so saddened to hear about my cousin Derek’s passing. Thinking about him makes me reflect on when we were little kids, he was just so full of energy and liveliness. I always remember his contagious smile. My deepest condolences to my Auntie, Uncle, & Cousin Dieter. Love, Marino Whitaker

  4. Stephanie, I’ve known you since we were kids and you are truly a part of our family. I can’t tell you how sorry I am for your loss. Derek was such a beautiful boy! Please know that you and all of your family are in my heart and prayers every day and every night. Love Always, Sabrina

  5. Im so sorry to hear about Derek. I can only imagine the feeling of your loss that you are feeling. I know that you are very strong and that together you will be able to get through this tuff time. I offer any assistance that I can give you. Wishing you God’s peace,

  6. It is hard to comprehend that I will never see him again. It will take some time for this to sink in. But I wanted to say that I will always remember him in a good way. I will always remember skating at the ice rink, going to his hockey games, and playing Contra when we were younger. I still have a picture of us dressed up for Holloween. I was Batman and he was an astronaut. Good times. RIP my cousin. See you on the other side.

  7. Stephanie, Wolfgang and Deiter, I am so sorry for your loss. I only had the privilege of meeting Derek a few times, but he was a very kind, sweet and gentle man. My deepest sympathies go out to your family.

  8. I am so deeply saddened and sorry to hear of my cousins passing. I remember how adorable he was as a baby when mom babysat him and he was our little doll to play with. He was such a sweet and respectful man when we sat with him at Uncles wedding. Auntie Stephanie, my thoughts and prayers are with you and Uncle Wolfgang and Dieter. I love you and will see you soon. Love, Melissa and family

  9. Thinking of you during these times of sorrow. Trust and know that God is in control. Everyone who knew Derek loved him and I am sure that is what the Lord God knew when he took him. (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8) I will always remember him smiling and happy at my parents house. May the Lord Bless you and comfort you. Love always Ray Jr and family.

  10. Wolfgang, Stephanie, and Dieter, I am so sorry for your loss. I share your pain. I was at the hospital the day Derek was born. When he was about 5 or so, at grandma’s, he loved to lower his head and charge me at full speed! A few years later I think he used that same tactic in hockey. Another few years went by and when the family gathered at grandma’s we discussed many different topics; sometimes those talks turned into debates! He knew his stuff and stood his ground. I watched him grow into a good man. That’s the Derek I remember. I loved him and really miss him. Uncle Mike

  11. Thank you for the Pepsi, cousin. No worries about not sending more back for me with your dad because you left me the 2 liter in the fridge. You were always such a sweetheart. I love you and will carry you with me in my heart always. -Susu

  12. derek its hard to understand why god takes good people from us but you will be miss.i know that god has big plans for you up their maybe his computer need help i love you very much love antie cheryl schleicher and cousin jonathan schleicher

  13. I am so sorry for the loss of Derek. Nothing I say can take away the pain, but know that our thoughts and prayers are with you, and that they will continue to help you through this time.

  14. Derek, god works in mysterious ways, you will truly be missed. I will always remember the fun times we had wrestling, baseball, hockey you know great times, take care buddy see you again some day. Love Kevin

  15. I’m at a loss for words. I have so many wonderful memories of Derek. He will truly be missed. He is forever in our hearts. Love Aunt Susie

  16. Derek, Your Uncle Wes would be so proud of you always taken care of your Mom. He loved you and Dieter so much. He had a hard way showing his love for family and people. I know your Mom was always so special to him and everyone in his family. I just pray when you see your Uncle Wes again let him know, we miss him and love him so much.

  17. Steph, Wolf and Dieter….Dad was so sad today when he told me about your Derek. I saw the boys last at my sister’s wedding many years ago. You all are very much in my prayers. Psalm 147:3 Love, Steph (Schoepflin) Lane

  18. Mom, Dad, and Dee…. What can I say? You were my family and a big part of my life. To hear about Derek put in me in such shock that I didn’t want to believe it. I’ll cherish the times I did get to spend with him and bump into him at the house whenever I was there. All my love always and bless him. I love you all!! Aileen Arroyo Powell

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