January 20, 2020

Derwood G. Ockerman

Died April 21, 2018


Derwood Grant Ockerman, 89, of West Branch passed away peacefully Saturday, April 21, 2018, with his beloved wife by his side.

Derwood was born on June 6, 1928 to Roy and Rose (Crips) Ockerman in Flint. He lived in West Branch for 22 years, previously of Venice, Fla., and Gladwin. He was a faithful member of the St. John Lutheran Church in West Branch. He worked for Dow Chemical in Midland for 37 years. Derwood loved trout fishing, wood carving and traveling, especially his trips with his wife to Alaska and Europe.

Derwood is survived by his wife, Martha, who would have celebrated 70 years of marriage with him this November. He is also survived by his children, Marvin (Pam) Ockerman of West Branch and Debra (Charles) Grabow of Palmetto, Fla.; and four grandchildren, Jeff Cameron of Saginaw, Jennifer Coon of North Carolina, Jamie (Lacey) Cameron of Gladwin and Travis (Christen) Ockerman of West Branch. He has six great-grandchildren; and a sister, Wanda Mennega.

Derwood was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Dr. Bruce Ockerman; and brother, Glenn Ockerman.

Visitation for Derwood will begin Thursday, April 26, 2018, from 4-9 p.m. at the Steuernol & McLaren Funeral Home in West Branch. His funeral will be held Friday, April 27, at 11 a.m. at the St. John Lutheran Church in West Branch. Pastor Howard Travis will officiate. Interment will be at the Ridge Cemetery in Gladwin.

Memorial contributions can be made to the St. John Lutheran Church in West Branch. Online condolences can be shared at www.steuernolmclaren.com.


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