John Ed, a man who gave much to his community

The family of John Ed Derendinger remembers him as wanting to help anyone, even strangers. They remember someone who loved being around his grandchildren, and someone who cared deeply about the place he called home. John Ed passed away on December 31, 2012 surrounded by his family. He was 71. The family expresses gratitude towards the community whose support was greatly appreciated during their time of loss. "We are absolutely humbled by the people who cared for dad," daughter Penny Cain said. Mary Derendinger, John Ed's wife of 48 and a half years, fondly recalled, they were each other's life. "We started our day together and then he would go to the farm," Mary said. John Ed is probably best known for his auction business. The family explained the business as a 'whole family business' since everyone helped out with it. "It is what Saturdays were, it was our way of life," Mary said. Mary explained right after they got married John Ed was thinking about going to auction school. She wrote to some schools and once a reply came she gave him the information. He picked the Reisch American School of Auctioneering in Mason City, Iowa and left soon thereafter. "They told him at school only 10 percent would make it. After he graduated, the community gave him a chance," Mary said. "He was nervous at first because he was auctioning something off that these people had worked their whole lives for." "I remember him selling a settee. His commission off of that one item was enough to pay for the education he got," Mary said. During the years of auctioning, the business grew and so did his love to make sure everyone at the sale was comfortable. Penny noted that John Ed firmly believed in having enough food. She also said another reason why the auction business did so well was because John Ed based his business on fairness. "He always wanted to make sure he was fair. He was a good listener and a friend. You could talk to him and share different ideas. When I was 12 he was asked to sell a piece of equipment he did not believe was owned by this individual. He went out to the John Deere dealership and asked them to come and see the item. They did not come see it and after the sale he ended up giving the money to John Deere out of his own pocket. He was always fair," Penny said. John Ed would not just use his auction business to help people sell part of their estate, he would use his talents to help local organizations raise money. The Boonville Band Booster Pie Auction was a yearly event for John Ed. Just recently he was awarded a plaque as an Honorary Conductor, having raised over $100,000 to benefit the band program for two decades.  John Ed was also known for helping anyone in their time of need, no matter when. "The top two things when I think of dad is hard working and honest. He was such a good neighbor and friend. He really did care for others. He put others first," daughter Tammy Poulsen said. Mary explained John Ed could not just watch someone from the sidelines who needed help, he would offer his assistance when they needed it. Mary also said his love for people began at an early age while growing up around his father. She said John Ed's father liked to visit and would spend hours talking to people. "When he was able to give and saw what it meant to the individual, he got joy out of that," Tammy said. The family said they have an endless amount of fond memories. "The laughter from my dad is one of my greatest memories," Penny said. "If he were here he would tell you about the jokes he would play on me," Mary said. "One Christmas he got me a tree and I decorated it out at the farm. While I was gone, the tree was changed out to a bigger one and was re-decorated exactly how I had it. Since I did not notice it, they (John Ed and children) went back and changed it to a smaller tree. They did this three times and by the time I found out they had put a hole in the middle of the tree. I asked what happened to my tree? They were laughing at me for two days since I did not notice." "He would not tell anyone no, he would always find a way to help them out," Tammy said. John Ed owned a centennial farm east of Boonville. Mary said his love for the land was tremendous, especially when he got his bulldozer. Penny explained that he would spend hours and hours clearing fields that had not been planted in a long time. His love also extended to collecting. Mary said, if you needed it, John Ed probably had it. Penny and Tammy expressed the love John Ed had for his grandchildren. They said it was on the farm with John Ed that the grandchildren learned many of the skills they have and use today. "They learned how to work the farm," Penny said. While many more memories can be shared and will be shared, they will miss a husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. "We would frequently ask each other, what would we do without each other?" Mary said. "We always made all the decisions together."