Derek Kurt Geschwender
June 16, 1977 – September 8, 2020
Beloved son, brother, grandson, nephew, and uncle.
Preceded in death by his grandfathers, Leonard Geschwender and Arnold Grothe. Survived by mother, Susan Grothe Geschwender; father, Kurt and Tina Geschwender; his sister’s family: Quinn, Marty, Molly, and Brody McGuire; grandmothers, Arlyne Geschwender and Bernice Grothe; and girlfriend, Beth Wolny. Also survived by his beloved work family at the UNO College of Business Administration. May he rest in eternal peace.
Derek was born in Omaha to Kurt and Susan Geschwender. He and his sister Quinn spent their childhood playing sports and building friendships with the neighbor children. Derek was an accomplished drummer and loved Mr. Lotus’ CAD class at Burke High School. His love for CAD led him to his future career as the Director of Operations at UNO’s College of Business Administration in Mammel Hall.
Derek and his family had special summers growing up. Grandma and Grandpa Geschwender would take him, his sister, and their cousins on RV trips around the country. During these trips the cousins would play heated games of SORRY! and Clue while getting to see incredible sights. Living just down the street from his Grandma and Grandpa, he, his sister, and his cousins would build gingerbread houses and play tag around their property and leave love notes for the grandparents to find. Grandma and Grandpa Grothe would also have “summer camp” in Wisner where Derek and Quinn had the run of the town on their bikes. Having sleepovers in the upstairs, riding down to the Dairy Keen, and spending time in the icy cold swimming pool were some of the highlights. He also learned to fish, hunt, and drive at his grandpa’s sandpit with his father Kurt, grandfather Arnold, and uncle Ray. Perhaps the time spent with family led to Derek’s love for the outdoors and camping. He would look forward to spring because it would be the beginning of camping season. He spent a lot of camping time at Indian Cave among other wonderful camping sites. He camped his way across the Western Panhandle of Nebraska and into Colorado. He loved and appreciated the Earth for the gift it is. From his first job at Beaton Drug at age 15, Derek enjoyed working and gave his all to every job he had. His true employment love was the College of Business Administration, where he began as a student worker. As his knowledge and expertise grew, so did his responsibilities there. The College of Business further united his band of brothers. David Nielsen, David McKnight, and Derek were quite the technology trifecta of Mammal Hall. Although Derek did not have blood brothers, these two men were his brothers of the heart.
Our world will never be the same without him. We will hold our memories tightly to our hearts and keep our minds occupied with the thought that he is with the Lord.
VISITATION following CDC guidelines: Sunday, September 13th from 3pm to 5pm, at the West Center Chapel. FUNERAL SERVICE: Monday, September 14th,1pm, West Center Chapel. Private INTERMENT. Memorials will be directed by the family.
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