Derek Thayer's Celebration of Life will be held at the First Baptist Church of Hope (455 Jackson St) in the Family Life Center on May 22 at 2 pm. There will be a short service, followed by an open mic for guests to share memories or stories of Derek.

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Derek Lynn Thayer, 39, of Indianapolis, passed away Thursday March 4, 2021 at his residence.

Derek was born July 17th 1981 to Dave Thayer and Lynn Moore Thayer. He was a Hauser High School and DePauw University graduate with a degree in communications. He held various jobs, from retail to bank manager, but his favorite title by far was flight attendant for Republic Airways. Even in those brief 3 years, he made lasting friendships and enjoyed swapping entertaining stories of the sky with his fellow flight attendant sister.

Derek was very creative and found his outlet through t-shirt designing, personalized gifts, handmade cards for every occasion, and wrapping Christmas presents like a professional. He loved movies, video games and reading and had quite the collection of all three to prove it. Nobody was obsessed with the Golden Girls as much as Derek. From coloring books to cookbooks, if it existed, he owned it.

Survivors include, mother, Lynn Thayer of Hope; sister, Stephanie Thayer of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; brothers, David “Troop” (Shauna) Thayer of Elizabethtown and Daron “Bugs” (Jen) Thayer of Columbus; aunts, Margaret Moore of Hope, Joyce Thayer-Sword of Columbus, and Melissa (Peter) Snyder of Ontario, Canada; uncles, Joe (Cheryl) Moore of El Cajon, CA, Dan (Lorna) Moore of Newberry, MI, Tom Moore of Paoli, Chris Thayer of Hope, Rob (Vickie) Thayer of Kentucky, and O.J. (Judy) Thayer of Hope; and niece, Chele (Adam) Munn-DeJute of Indianapolis.

Derek is preceded in death by his father, Dave Thayer; grandparents, Dan and Mary Jo Moore and David Ray and Harriett Thayer; and uncle, Robert Moore.

Cremation is planned. A private inurnment will be at Hope Moravian Cemetery and a Celebration of Life will take place at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Hawcreek Flatrock Area Endowment Fund at P.O. Box 202 Hope, IN 47246.