Elmwood Funeral Chapel & Crematory

Visitation Information

Derek Michael Harvey

Passed away on May 16, 2019

Derek Michael Harvey, 38, of Crown Point, IN passed away at his home on May 16, 2019. Born on April 23, 1981, in Kokomo, IN, Derek was a graduate of Northwestern High School and Purdue University and was employed by Prime Communications. 


He is survived by his beloved wife Katie Green; parents Mary (Burns) and Ed Rethlake, Ralph Harvey; brother Jared (Christy) Harvey and nieces Marissa and Mia; half sister Debby Sheron and half brother Ron (Tina) Harvey; in-laws Rob and Patti Green; and sister-in-law Karrie (Oscar) Ortiz, niece Sia and nephew Koen.


After receiving a colon cancer diagnosis in 2014, Derek chose to live life to the fullest. He found true love, went on adventures, tried new things, traveled, spent time at museums, sporting events, concerts, plays, ate delicious food (always ordering dessert), laughed a lot and never took a day for granted. He continued to play trivia and video games, manage winning fantasy teams and win $2 bills from his friends. He loved Katie, his family, his friends and his dog Gracie with his whole heart. Derek’s kindness, humor and strength will continue to inspire others.


“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.”


In lieu of flowers please donate to Humane Indiana or your favorite non-profit animal rescue.

Memorial Contributions:

In lieu of flowers please donate to Humane Indiana or your favorite non-profit animal rescue.

Visitation Location

St. John
11300 W. 97th Lane
St. John, IN 46373
(219) 365-3474


Visitation Information

Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 1:00 pm until 6:00 pm

Celebration of Life
Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 4:00 pm

"My thoughts and love are with you. I'm very sorry for your loss. "
- Karen Yodual
May 16, 2019 9:26 pm

"Thank you for making living in such a small country town seem so grand and joyous D-we are sending love, prayers and light in the coming days! Love, The Roseberry’s"
- Jessica (Roseberry) Dukes
May 17, 2019 2:35 am

"You are all in my prayers. Derek was a great guy and he is loving each and everyone of you! God bless! Rick and Mel Rethlake ♥️🙏"
- Melody Rethlake
May 17, 2019 6:23 am

"My dearest Katie and family. My deepest sincere condolences with love and empathy are with you at this time of grief. I am so very sorry and had no idea this was going on. So much out of our control. Katie you’re very special. Such a mountain to climb. My love and prayers are with you. I am so very sorry for you and the family loss!"
- Mrs.Gail Kozlowski
May 17, 2019 8:37 am

"My heart breaks with yours. You are loved."
- Kelly Oney
May 17, 2019 2:10 pm

"So sorry for your loss. Wishing Derek peace after a long battle with his cancer. Katie, wishing you peace and comfort as you mourn the loss of your beloved husband. Sending you positive energy. Much love and affection. Suzanne"
May 17, 2019 5:07 pm

"Praying for Katie and the entire family as we celebrate the life of such an amazing man. Love hugs and blessings"
- Holly Corwin
May 18, 2019 9:11 am

""Words will not wipe away your tears and hugs may not ease the pain, but hold onto your memories because forever they will remain." Kate, sharing in your sadness as you remember Derek. With warm thoughts and prayers, my deepest condolences to you and the family."
- Michelle
May 20, 2019 10:33 am

""Mary and Jared, My heart broke when I heard of your loss. I'm so sorry. I know it doesn't seem like it now but through time it gets better I promise. Just remember those memories you have are the gifts your son left behind. So every chance you get share those funny stories and memories with every one. And one day you'll be talking about your son and a smile will come to your face first before a tear. You have been an angel to him. Now it's his turn to be your angel. I pray that god wraps his arms around you and helps you through this very hard time. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Penny"
- Penny
June 5, 2019 1:03 pm

Candles Lit
"Our condolences are with you all. "
- The Rhine Family
May 16, 2019 7:17 pm

"I'm going to miss hanging out and talking and the text conversations when we weren't together. You were so brave and positive the last 5+ years. I wish there was something I could've done. Rest in peace Derek and know that we miss and love you so very much. Love, Jared, Christy, Marissa and Mia"
- Jared Harvey
May 16, 2019 8:29 pm

"May his memory be eternal. "
- Tasie Bairaktaris
May 16, 2019 9:29 pm

"Derek, Thank you and Katie for showing us what true love is, and being the bravest man I know. I love you buddy!"
- Holly Jo
May 18, 2019 8:56 am

"Derek you touched so many people in your life, you showed us all what it was to fight to have compassion to love and to leave this world with dignity and love. You are the best. Love Page"
- pAGE
May 18, 2019 8:08 pm

"We were half-brothers through mutuality of parentage but we were always real brothers in my heart. From the moment I laid eyes on you I knew you were special. I'm so proud to have been your big brother. Your kindness was always evident in your sincere concern for Tina's own cancer fight even while fighting your own battle. This is the kind of strength of character I will always remember. Know that while there's a heart in me, you'll always be a part of me. Rest in Peace. Love you always, Ron and Tina"
- Ron Harvey
May 18, 2019 10:37 pm

"Thinking of you and wishing you moments of peace and comfort. "
- Breanna W.
May 21, 2019 7:33 pm