Derek Willis, 41, of Deer River passed away on March 18th due to Cardiac Arrest. He was born on April 10th, 1972 to Randy Willis and Deborah Borgen in Morris, MN. Derek attended Lake of the Woods High School, as well as Morris High School, where he graduated from in 1990. He and his family put down roots in Deer River, MN where he worked for the Paul Bunyan Telephone Company.
Derek is survived by; his wife, Nikki; sons Cody, 20 and Jaxson, 15; twin daughters, Sydney and Mackenzie, 13. He also leaves behind; father, Randy Willis; Step-father, Ronald Borgen; brothers Aaron Willis, Brody Willis, and Kirby Borgen.
Derek is preceded in death by his Mother; Deborah Borgen.
Derek's greatest passions were his family and the outdoors. He loved fishing and hunting, but most of all, he loved spending his free time with his family. His legacy will live on in the memories he created with his family in the woods and on the water.
Visitation will be Sunday, March 23rd, 2014, from 6-8 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church. The Funereal service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on March 24th, 2014, also at the Bethany Lutheran Church of Deer River.
ARRANGEMENTS BY: Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River, Minnesota.