Derek Reber
December 20, 2002  -  August 26, 2018

Derek Reber

Chapel of Hope
3321 N. Dal Paso
Hobbs, NM  88240
Friday, August 31, 2018
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Funeral Service
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
3720 N Grimes
Hobbs, NM  88240
Saturday, September 1, 2018
2:00 pm
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Prairie Haven Memorial Park
2201 E. Stanolind
Hobbs, NM  88240
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Derek Brent Reber, 15, passed away peacefully on August 26, 2018 at his home. Derek was born on December 20, 2002 in Hobbs, NM to David and Regina Reber.

Derek attended school in Lovington until second grade, then transferred to Hobbs where he completed elementary school at Stone and middle school at Houston. He had many friends and teachers who he loved and adored. There are so many wonderful memories from his experiences in the school system that will forever be cherished.

Derek loved traveling with his family and his hobby was collecting hotel key cards from all over the world. Derek loved to celebrate all holidays, but especially the birthdays of his family and friends. He was a planner and continuously created lists for future vacations or special events. Derek was an amazing artist and gifted many with his beautiful paintings and portraits. He also enjoyed singing and listening to music. Derek brought joy through his beautiful smile and genuine excitement. His laughter was infectious and could light up a room. Derek has forever impacted the lives of his family and friends, and we all admire his love for life despite his many obstacles.

Derek’s fight against cancer started as a baby and we soon realized his strength and determination to overcome life’s challenges. Derek’s example of strength was emulated in a “Derek Strong” movement supported by his school that inspired others and ultimately led to an undefeated football season and a championship dedicated to him.

Derek filled our home with joy as he continuously showed and expressed his love for his family. His greatest qualities were love for people, gratitude, compassion, empathy, and a wonderful sense of humor. We truly know that Heaven gained a very special angel.

Derek leaves behind his parents David and Regina Reber and his three brothers Jared Reber, Zachary Reber, and Nick Reber all of Hobbs, NM. He is also survived by his grandparents Harold & Mina Reber of Lubbock, TX; Jack & Linda Bailey of Hobbs, NM; Pat & Sharon Wise of Lovington, NM. His aunts and uncles, Clay & Shar Reber, Nick & Marcia Bartlett, Michael & Cayla Teague, Mike & Jacqulyn Miller, all of Hobbs, NM; Brian & Jodi Zollinger; Frisco, TX, Bill & Jennifer Freddette; West Jordan, UT, Rob & Julie Roundy; St. George, UT, Bryan Reber; Reno, NV. He is survived by his many cousins, Ryan Miller, Brette Miller, Josh Miller, Addison Miller, Steven Teague, Hayley Teague, Kyle & Patricia Reber, Allison Reber, Garrett & Bianca Reber, Lucas & Andrea McDown, Rob & Kimber Anderson, John & Mindy Burger, Josh Zollinger, Casey Zollinger, Javier & McKenzie Cole, Edward & Aubrey Rakuita, Carlie Fredette, Ryan Roundy, Ethan Roundy, Kylee Roundy, and Jackson Roundy.


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  1. David and Jessica Cruz
    Bedford, TX

    Sending our deepest condolences and prayers to your family. Please know that you are all in our prayers.

  2. Ashley snead
    Hobbs, NM

    My condolences he was such a happy kid may he fly high with the angels. My nephew daelan will sure miss him so much

  3. Joni Morrill
    Hobbs, NM

    I am so sorry for your loss. I know how hard it is to go through this journey with cancer and I pray you find comfort soon. The tributes I have read and heard about sweet Derek have been so wonderful and speak volumes about his terrific spirit. God bless you all.

  4. Kammie
    Mckinney, TX

    Wish I could be with all of you tomorrow. My thoughts and prayers are with you. A piece of him will live on in my heart forever. I enjoyed taking care of him and getting to know all of you. Remember, If you ever need anything, we are only a phone call away.

    Love always,

  5. mr.& mrs.Randall tipton
    Eunice, NM

    so sorry about your loss. may God bless you all during this time.

  6. Robyn Robinson Hamilton
    Abilene, TX

    The Hobbs High class of 1985 extends their love and condolences to the family. If we can help in any way - please don't hesitate to ask! (((Hugs)))

  7. Kelly Parsons
    Lovington, NM

    I have such great memories of my time working with Derek! 💕He always had such a loving heart! He brought us all such joy! As did his very loving family! I can hear you singing in heaven Derek! Thank you for sharing your song with me! ❤️😍

  8. Susan Hulse and Myshion Hawkins
    Hobbs, NM

    We will forever have a special place in our hearts for Derek! He touched our lives tremendously...praying for you all!

  9. Bob and Sue Rivinoja
    Hobbs, NM

    Dearest Reber Family,
    We share your grief at the loss of your precious Derek. We’ve walked in your path in the loss of our sons and want you to know that joy will come again as a celebration of his amazing life❣️We are in California and are so sorry that we will not be there for the funeral but please know that we are with you in spirit and love. We will share time with you when we get home. May God give you strength and peace! Blessings and love! Bob and Sue🙏🏻❤️

  10. Kuykendall Family
    Hobbs, NM

    Our deepest condolences to the Rebers! You are in our thoughts and prayers! Derek was an amazing young man!

  11. Lisa Brunner
    Midland, TX

    Regina I’m so sorry for your loss, my heart goes out to you and your family.

  12. Travis and Connie Teague
    Hobbs, NM

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers for your family.

  13. Salas Family
    Hobbs, NM

    I hope that our Lord brings you and your family the much-needed peace during this sad time. My condolences to you and your family.
    Matthew 5:4

  14. Betty Williams
    Hobbs, NM

    Thank you for sharing Derek with all of us! What a bright spot in all of our day! I had the blessing of working with Derek at Stone and was always in awe of how amazing, talented and fun Derek was! Derek you will be missed!
    Miss Betty

  15. Jimmy and Janis Waechter
    Hobbs, NM

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Our prayers and heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family.

    Hobbs,, NM

    So very very sorry for your lose. Our prayers for you and yours.

  17. Drs Mayes & Mayes
    Hobbs, NM

    May the Lord offer your family peace and comfort during this difficult time. Our thoughts and continued prayers are with you.

  18. mindee smith
    hobbs, NM

    So sorry for your loss. He was such a sweet kid. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers Mindee Brennon and Branson Smith

  19. Camp Family
    Albuquerque, NM

    We are sincerely sorry for your loss, Reber Family. Derek was truly a great one that showed us all how to overcome adversity and fight with all our might no matter the mountain we are up against. He is a wonderful person to know. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult season.

  20. Allen Williamson
    Decatur, TX

    Prayers for the family. Derek sounds like a wonderful young man who will be greatly missed and was certainly loved by his family and friends. God Bless him.

    Lovington, NM

    So many sweet memories of our time with Derek! Sending love and prayer your way from the staff at LACES.

  22. Barbara Lane
    RioRancho, NM

    Sweet precious Derek. My prayers and love to your family.

  23. Sandy Smith
    Lovington, NM

    My condolences to the Reber family. Derek was a precious young man who will be missed.

  24. James Family
    Hobbs, NM

    Our heartfelt condolences and prayers.

  25. Crystal McCart
    Monahans, TX

    I'm so so sorry for your loss. Derek was such sweet sweet boy. I heard so many wonderful things about.

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