It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Derek Jason Vowels, who died on May 11 th ,
2023, at the age of 49. Derek was born June 1, 1973, to Mr. David (Dickie) and Jonell (Bickett) Vowels
of Brandenburg, KY.
Derek was a bright and ambitious student who graduated from Meade County High School in 1991. He
went on to study journalism at Western Kentucky University, where he developed a passion for writing
and storytelling. After graduation, Derek landed his first job at NPC, where he began a 25 -year, very
successful career in the credit card industry. He was widely respected and admired by his colleagues for
his hard work and dedication.
Derek and David Shaver were married June 11 th , 2016 and together they shared nearly 7 years of
devoted, happy married life and raising numerous fur babies. Derek was deeply devoted to his husband
and cherished their time together. His kindness, humor, and gently nature will be deeply missed by all
who knew him.
Derek was preced in death by his beloved mother Jonell Vowels in 1997 and by his father, David (Dickie)
Vowels in 2015. Derek is survived by his husband David Shaver, as well as his beloved fur babies,
including Dickie, Dolly Loretta, and Sammi. He is survived by his oldest brother David Vowels brother
David Vowels and David’s children Alexandra Harris, Brianna Duncan, and Boomer Vowels; brother
Douglas Vowels and his children Sophia Vowels, Piper Vowels, and Harlow Vowels; and his beloved first
cousin Erica Hamlett as well as many other cousins and friends.
In his spare time, Derek was a passionate advocate for animal welfare and volunteered with numerous
dog rescue organizations over the years. He had a special connection with dogs and loved spending
time with them whenever he could. Additionally, Derek was an avid gardener and cook and had a
natural talent for cultivating beautiful plants, flowers and food. He found great joy in tending to his
garden and using as many of his fresh vegetables for his homecooked meals as possible and was happy
to share his knowledge and expertise with others.
Derek was a kind, gentle soul who touched the lives of many with his warmth and compassion. He will
be deeply missed by all who knew him, but his memory will live on in the hearts of those he loved and
those who loved him. May he rest in peace.
Service for Derek Vowels will be held at Hager Funeral Home, 633 Bland Street, Brandenburg, KY 40108
Visitation May 19, 2023 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Celebration of Life May 20, 2023 beginning at 11:00 a.m.
In Lieu of Flowers, donations can be made in Derek’s name to:
The Arrow Fund
PO Box 1127
Prospect, KY 40059
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