Derek John Noel

Derek John Noel

May 3, 1990 – October 13, 2018

Preceded in death by mother, Selga R. Noel.  Survived by father, Donald E. Noel; brother, Justin; fiancée, Lora Kolobara; other relatives and many friends.

CELEBRATION OF LIFE: Friday, October 26th from 6pm to 9pm at Field Club of Omaha, 3615 Woolworth Ave.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Buffett Cancer Center.



  • Rick janecek Posted October 15, 2018 5:51 pm

    To a very good friend, always enjoyed my visiting with Derek !!

  • Michelle Kros Posted October 15, 2018 6:59 pm

    Don, Justin & Lora,

    My deepest sympathies for the loss of Derek. There are no words for the gaping hole his passing left. He always had an incredibly positive attitude, infectious smile, witty remark, and a bubbly personality. He strived to make the most out of life, no matter the circumstances. Derek was truly one of the best people I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet. He touched many lives in his short 28 years. We should all strive to live our lives to the fullest like Derek did. . .

    I pray that you find peace and comfort in the many memories of Derek. I truly believe that even though he isn’t physically here, he is still with us.

    Michelle Kros

  • Linda Johnson Posted October 16, 2018 8:28 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss! We all loved Derek at the UP Fitness Center. He was just a great guy! He will be missed.

  • Doug Duncan Posted October 16, 2018 12:03 pm

    I will miss seeing Derek everyday at the U.P. fitness Center ! He always had a great attitude and sense of humor and was always an inspiration to me.

  • Lindsay and Zoran Durkovic Posted October 16, 2018 1:39 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Derek’s wonderful family. We loved getting to know Derek and we will always remember his contagious smile and drive to fight. Derek will be deeply missed by all.

  • Kent Seetin Posted October 16, 2018 4:01 pm

    My deepest sympathies to the family. Derek was a a great guy and I’ll miss seeing him at UP Fitness Center.

  • Kylie Richarts Posted October 16, 2018 4:16 pm

    Derek always made band fun. There was never a dull moment with Derek. He will be missed. Prayers and thoughts go out to all his family, fiancé and friends. RIP Derek.

  • Julie West Posted October 16, 2018 5:34 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Prayers and hugs to you during this difficult time.

  • Michele Mosley Posted October 16, 2018 5:54 pm

    Lora I am just so heartbroken to hear the news. I will never forget that smile and the way everyone around him would light up. He was always the glue of the group. If there is anything that I can do please let me know. Hugs and prayers to you and the family.

  • Charleen Buswell Posted October 16, 2018 10:48 pm

    Although, I did not get to the UP gym as often as I should, when I did go, Derek would always be the bright spot of working out. Always had a smile on his face and something funny to say , such a warm kind person. I feel blessed that I was able to get to know him. Thoughts and prayers to his family.

  • Rod and Barb Krause Posted October 17, 2018 7:21 am

    Prayers and love to all of you. Please know we are thinking of you during this difficult time.

  • Mitchel Memming Posted October 17, 2018 8:42 am

    My deepest sympathies to Derek’s family. I know myself and many, many others at UP will miss him greatly. His positive attitude and outlook on life, despite what he was going through, is something that I will never forget and is something I will take with me and try to emulate when faced with life’s toughest challenges. His perseverance and positivity were infectious and will continue to inspire those who knew him.

  • Eric J Kaplan Posted October 17, 2018 8:43 am

    My UP Fitness Center workout routine was crafted for me by Derek, and he made sure to walk me through all of the different exercises so I did them correctly. I truly felt that he cared about my well-being and progress. And I could always be sure to get a greeting from him, by name, every morning. He will definitely be missed, and I send my prayers for peace and healing to his family.

  • Michael McAndrews Posted October 17, 2018 2:57 pm

    My condolences to Derek’s family, fiancée and friends. I knew Derek from UP Fitness Center. Derek always impressed me with his positive attitude and encouragement of others. I looked forward to seeing Derek on Wednesday’s when he’d always say “Mike, Mike, Mike — what day is it?” in reference to a funny commercial. Know that all the folks at UP who knew Derek will miss him greatly too. My prayers are for you at this difficult time.

  • Brooke Corry Posted October 17, 2018 5:20 pm

    Derek was such an amazing person in life. He had a strong, kind, and peaceful soul. When someone is that wonderful in life, take comfort in knowing they are even greater in the next. His resilient attitude, no matter what life threw at him, will forever stick with me. Just from reading the comments left on here and on his Facebook, it is obvious he touched a lot of lives and found a special place in a lot of people’s hearts. I am beyond grateful I got to be one of those people. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Emily Lynch Posted October 17, 2018 6:53 pm

    Derek you will truly be missed. You always brought such a smile to my face every time i stopped by the fitness center. Your infectious smile always brightened the room. My deepest sympathies go to your family. Until we see each other again my friend….

  • Gina Pearson Posted October 17, 2018 7:19 pm

    My heartfelt sympathies to the family. My daughter, Alexandra, went to Norris Middle School and Central High School with Derek. He was always very respectful to me and my husband. He was a wonderful young man and what an inspiration! God bless You Derek.

  • Yemi Posted October 17, 2018 8:21 pm

    On my stressful days, seeing Derek’s makes working out easier, will definitely miss seeing him at the UP gym.. RIP

  • Greg Shimonek Posted October 18, 2018 6:40 am

    I had the pleasure of meeting Derek at the UP fitness center. He was such an inspiration as he battled through his illness. He never seemed down or complained and always welcomed every person through the door. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of his friends and family.

  • Rong Lu Posted October 19, 2018 9:30 am

    Prayers to the family. I had the pleasure to go to his classes, to name a few, boot camp on Wednesdays, weightless on Fridays. I have deeply missed seeing Derek every day in UP fitness center. He’s the smile, light and inspiration to all of us there.

  • Steven Gittlieb Posted October 22, 2018 6:59 am

    Sincere condolences to you and your family.

  • D’Antae Potter Posted October 24, 2018 8:17 pm

    Deepest condolences to the family. Derek always brought a smile to my face whenever I engaged with him. The majority of the time I spent with Derek was at Omaha Central High School both lifting weights with the baseball team and taking advanced Spanish classes. He was one of my favorites because he was always so welcoming and happy. You will be missed.

  • Dan Bartolomei Posted October 26, 2018 5:36 pm

    Like many of the people above, I knew Derek through the UP Fitness Center and I would occasionally see him on Thu nights at Miracle Hills golf course. His foursome of friends just happened to play in front of my foursome of friends. We would talk about how we played the next day. He was always welcoming and easy to talk to. I admired his attitude as he fought the cancer. I told him I was praying for him several times but the last time I saw him, I could tell it was getting the best of him. Now I pray that God has welcomed him into the splendor of his heavenly kingdom. You fought the good fight. Rest in Peace Derek.

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