Company: Republic Services – Bettendorf
Years of Service: 11
Comments: Derek Dale Christensen, age 40, of Bettendorf, IA, passed away unexpectedly in an industrial accident while working as a Diesel Technician at Republic Services on December 11th, 2017. Derek was born to Roger and Kathy (Flatness) Christensen on March 19, 1977 in Albert Lea, MN. Derek lived most of his life in Alden, MN. He was baptized and confirmed at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Alden, MN. He was a 1995 graduate of Alden-Conger High School. He was united in marriage to Kerri L. De Zwarte on August 3, 2014 in Rock Island, IL. Derek was an incredibly selfless, hardworking man; everything he worked for went first to his family before he ever gave a thought to himself. Derek had a heart of gold, an amazing sense of humor and was very quick-witted and more intelligent than he gave himself credit for. Derek always tried to see the best in whatever situation he was faced with. Derek was a “fixer” in nature, hence his love for mechanics. He had the most contagious smile that you couldn’t
We will not forget you, Dale Christensen.
Together, let’s honor the memory of the men and women who have served by our side. Whether on the garbage trucks, delivering portable sanitation units, or working in the offices and repair shops, the employees of our industry serve important roles and are very special people. As we remember this fallen hero of the waste industry, we join with their family and co-workers to honor their service.