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Derek Michael Bute

Funeral services for Derek Michael Bute of Winona, Minnesota will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, January 22, 2016 at Alden-Conger High School in Alden, Minnesota.  Pastor Greg Ofsdahl will officiate.  Military honors will be accorded by the Minnesota National Guard Honor Guard. Interment will be at Alden Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday, January 21, 2016 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Alden and one hour prior to the service at the high school.  Online condolences are welcome at www.bayviewfuneral.com

Derek passed away tragically following an accident in Winona on Sunday, January 17, 2016.

Derek was born on August 31, 1990 at Naeve Hospital in Albert Lea to parents Michael James Bute and Diane Ardus (Sanderson) Thoms.  A 2009 graduate of Alden-Conger High School, Derek was an Exercise Science major at Winona State University with intent to pursue his Physician's Assistant certification following his graduation scheduled for May of 2016. Derek was a patriotic servant to his country as a member of the Minnesota National Guard Red Bulls; he was a combat medic with the HHC 2-135 Infantry Battalion out of Mankato and deployed with his unit to Kuwait in 2012. He most recently held rank of Sergeant and was a Medic Team Leader and received many military awards.

Derek was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Alden as well as an active member within our local athletic community including being a participant of both the Albert Lea Wrestling and Alden-Conger Football programs. Derek had a love for the outdoors and staying physically fit. He enjoyed deer hunting with his Dad, Uncle Scott and his cousins, waterfowl hunting and camping with his mom and step-dad, and loved fishing whether at the family cabin or with his Sanderson uncles at Farm Island Lake. He was a devoted follower of Minnesota sports and was a true Vikings fan. Derek and his father went the distance this past spring in the Freeborn County Bike-a-thon. He participated in many competitive events, including several Tough Mudders. He took pride in working with a youth mentoring program in Winona.

Derek will be deeply missed by countless family and friends, his beloved aunts, uncles, cousins, and community admirers. He is survived by his parents Michael and Jane Bute of Alden; Diane and Lon Thoms of Albert Lea; sister Jennifer Bute and Travis Kasper of Austin; sister Emily and Matt Hassing of Alden; brother Michael Reyerson of Ames, Iowa; and brother Jarrod and Kimberly Robran and their children, Leah and Jackson of Jordan, Minnesota; as well as his cherished Grandparents James and Margaret Bute of Alden, Ardus Sanderson of Albert Lea, Colleen Nelson of Albert Lea, and Lynn and Judy (Thoms) Koehler of Fairmont.

He is preceded in death by grandparents, Tenford Sanderson and John C. Nelson.

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We were so deeply saddened to hear the news of your tragic loss and can't begin to imagine what you are going through. Please know that we are keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.

Glenda (Petersen) Sweeney & Jim Sweeney Jan 22 2016 12:00 AM

I'm so sorry for your loss. Prayers and deepest sympathy to you and your family.

Jackie Schultz Jan 22 2016 12:00 AM

SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent by The New Ulm Armory.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. The Soldiers of HHB(-) 1-125 FA

Carl Allen Jan 22 2016 12:00 AM

Words are not capable of expressing the true depth of loss you must be feeling.  Please try and carry on.  Your son was the best of us all, and will be remembered in the highest regard for all eternity...  He is in a better place now, than we are.

Brian and Ashley Jan 21 2016 12:00 AM

My wife and I would like to express our deepest sympathy.  

Sincerely, John and Leann Donovan

MAJ Donovan Jan 21 2016 12:00 AM

Very sorry to hear about the passing of Derek and my thoughts and prayers are with you. Derek was one of the best Soldiers I've had the privilege to serve with. His commitment, upbeat attitude, and smile made everyone around him better. I am truly blessed to have known him.

Mike Graves Jan 21 2016 12:00 AM

May the Lord grant you strength and peace during this difficult time.  You're in my thoughts and prayers.

SFC Kristine Nalezny Jan 21 2016 12:00 AM

My condolences and prayers are with you and your family at this time. I share in your grief and suffering. God's grace, mercy and peace be with you and your family. Thinking of you tomorrow.

Kent Krumwiede Jan 21 2016 12:00 AM

Dear Bute family,
We were so very sorry to hear that Derek passed away.  You have our deepest sympathy and we will be praying for you.
Bob and Cathy Wittmer

Bob and Cathy Wittmer Jan 21 2016 12:00 AM

Mike and Jane and the whole family - We are so very sorry to hear about Derek. Sending warm thoughts to you.

Craig and Sue McCormick Jan 21 2016 12:00 AM

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