Friday February 16, 2018
3:00 PM
The funeral service will be held in the PATTISON CHAPEL on Friday, February 16, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. with Life Celebrant, David Townsend.
Hillside Cemetery
In memory of
Dr. Derek Brian Werner
June 19, 1950 - February 02, 2018 - Age 67

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Derek on February 2, 2018 at the age of 67 years. Derek was born on June 19, 1950, in Liverpool, England to the late Captain Alfred Werner and Evelyn (Campbell) Werner. The Werner family lived in Camberley, England until leaving for Canada May 25, 1965. Derek attended school at Alexandra Junior High and Medicine Hat High School. He continued his education at the Medicine Hat College and University of Lethbridge where he received his Alberta Teaching Certificate. Derek taught high school in Rocky Mountain House. Realizing teaching wasn’t his passion he enrolled at the Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa receiving his Doctor of Chiropractic in October 1977. Derek then returned to Medicine Hat where he started a very successful practice which continued for 40 years. Because of his love for animals, Derek returned to the United States and received his Animal Chiropractic Certificate. At this time he was one of only four chiropractors in Alberta who treated house pets and farm animals besides their regular practice. Derek retired in 2016 due to health reasons. Derek was a long time member and held many positions with the Medicine Hat Jaycees, and Rotary Club. He was also very proud to have served on the Medicine Hat College Board of Governors. Derek loved flying his plane, bow hunting, fishing, gardening and music. He especially loved playing his guitar and played in numerous bands over the years. Derek enjoyed going on many bike tours with his “biking buddies” and occasionally was Santa on the annual “Toy Run”. Derek’s memory will be cherished by his wife Penny Yake; brothers, Steven (Cecelia) of Victoria, Phillip of Medicine Hat, sisters, Susan Needham of Medicine Hat and Beth Garn (Earl Haag) of Sylvan Lake and numerous nieces and nephews. Sincere thanks and much gratitude to the amazing staff at Carmel Hospice for the incredible care Derek received. The funeral service will be held in the PATTISON CHAPEL on Friday, February 16, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. with Life Celebrant, David Townsend. Interment will follow in the Hillside Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy donations may be made to the S.P.C.A. - 55 Southwest Drive SW, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 8E8 or to the Carmel Hospice (St. Joseph’s Home) c/o 156 3rd Street NE, Medicine Hat, T1A 5M1. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: [email protected] subject heading: Derek Werner

Message from Shari Lynn Gelinas February 07, 2018

My sincere condolences to the loved ones of Dr. Derek Werner. He was a kind and caring man.

Take Care
Shari Lynn Gelinas
Message from Marian and George Kuhl February 08, 2018

I first met Derek when he came to Alexandra Jr. High School from England. The Beatles were just becoming popular and everyone especially the girls went crazy. He became a friend and later went to University of Lethbridge with my husband George and myself. Derek was a friendly, outgoing person and he will be missed by all who knew him.

Take Care
Marian and George Kuhl
Message from Ted and Sandy Cutlan February 09, 2018

To Penny and the Werner family; our condolences on your sad loss. Derek was a good friend, an excellent practitioner and great company for all of the years we were in Medicine Hat. We were grateful to have kept in touch and for some good conversations during Derek’s illness. Farewell good friend.
Ted and Sandy Cutlan, Calgary

Take Care
Ted and Sandy Cutlan
Message from Betty Morran February 09, 2018

Derek was a kind gentle soul. I had the honour of knowing him for sometime. He would go out of his way for everyone in time of trouble. I was honoured to know this man as long as I did. We had lots of laughs and lots of sadness. But our bike rides were the joy I saw in his face. I am happy to see him at peace. My heart goes out to the Werner Family. To Penny , thanks for phoning me.

Take Care
Betty Morran
Message from Lots of Love , Betty Morran February 09, 2018

I was honoured to know this kind gentle soul. The love of his life was his motorbike. Lots of rides and lots of laughs. He would give his shirt off his back to help someone. Too the Werner Family and to Penny, thanks so much for phoning me.

Take Care
Lots of Love , Betty Morran
Message from Betty Morran & Evelin Bonilla February 09, 2018

On behalf of Betty Morran and myself Evelin Bonilla, we wish to extend our deepest sympathy and condolences on Dr. Derek Werner's passing. He was the most awesome, if not the best Doctor to work for. His happiness was seen in his work helping people. His joy was his motorbike rides with friends. You are greatly missed. Our prayers and condolences go out to his family and everyone who knew his kind soul.

Take Care
Betty Morran & Evelin Bonilla
Message from David J Carter February 10, 2018

Derek - what an unkind surprise to have you depart so soon after your Mother's death. As I mentioned at her funeral - your parents were part of an interesting chapter in Medicine Hat's World War Two history on the home front. Your Father's essential role in the training of pilots and ground crew at SFTS #34 let to Medicine Hat's inheritance - a municipal airport. Over the years I appreciated your humour as you worked your professional magic on my spine. Bon voyage...

Take Care
David J Carter
Message from Janice Wilkinson February 10, 2018

I met Derek and his family when they joined St. Barnabas Church on their move to Medicine Hat from England. Derek was an active member in the Young Peoples Association and took part in pretty much all of our highjinks with great enthusiasm. He was a great person to know and fun to be around. My deepest condolences to his family.

Take Care
Janice Wilkinson
Message from Terri Super February 13, 2018

My heartfelt condolences to Penny and the family on the loss of Derek. Derek’s passing has brought a wealth of memories, mostly good, to me of the brief period of time that our paths crossed and are lives intertwined.
Rest In Peace, Derek.

Take Care
Terri Super
Message from Jessi James Slater February 16, 2018

My mom penny brought Derek into our lives close to 10 years ago. And threw that short time I got to know him threw their loving relationship. They made one another so happy. My sons knew him as grandpa. He will be deeply missed. Although Derek was very sick in the end he received the perfect ending to a great and wonderful life. He not only had the one he loved by his side but they greatfully and proudly took one another's hands in marriage before he made his final good bye. With penny cuddled up beside him holding his hand she softly said "I love you" and gave him a kiss. Though Derek's body has given out he is no longer in pain. His heart and soul resides a little in each and everyone he has ever known. If he's in your heart and in your mind he's with you always and forever.

Take Care
Jessi James Slater
Message from Marjory & Warren Shera February 17, 2018

So sorry to hear of the passing of Dr. Werner. To Penny and all the Werner family our deepest sympathy. Marjory & Warren Shera & family

Take Care
Marjory & Warren Shera
Message from Randy & Gwen O'Connor February 21, 2018

Randy and I wish to give you our sincere condolences on the passing of Derek. We will always remember him and his laughter whenever we saw him. He will be greatly missed! Sorry we didn't make the service, we actually just found out today that he passed :( God Bless you and if you need anything, please do not hesitate to contact us!

Take Care
Randy & Gwen O'Connor
Message from Monty and Lois Needham February 23, 2018

Sorry to learn of your loss

Take Care
Monty and Lois Needham
Message from Clarence and Veronica Haitsma February 23, 2018

So sorry to hear of Derek’s passing. I met Derek in Davenport Iowa when I was an intern in the clinic at Palmer College of Chiropractic. We have been friends ever since. We will miss him. Sorry for your loss.

Take Care
Clarence and Veronica Haitsma