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“Jessica and Kyler, this was sad to hear. We are so sorry for your loss. ”
1 of 14 | Posted by: Nan Sass - Walters, MN - Neighbor

“Thinking of you Jess, sad to hear this. Prayers for you. ”
2 of 14 | Posted by: Robyn Wikder - Northwood, IA

“I want to tell you how sorry I am for your loss. My heart hurts for all of you. We have all been through so much in our losses. I will pray for all...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: Marie Miest - Mankato, MN

“Laurie I am so sorry for your loss. I think of you so often and our good days working at Healthreach. You were such a great person to work with! My...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Jeanene Reese - Clark's Grove, MN

“My dearest sympathy to Jessica and family. Another angel went to Heaven! ”
5 of 14 | Posted by: Kristy Johnson - Alden, MN

“Jess and Family,I'm sorry to hear about the loss of Derek. You and the family are in my thoughts and prayers. My heart goes out to you.Jenny...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: Jenny Hendrickson - Alden, MN

“Jessi, I'm so sorry to hear about Derek's passing. He was far too young. Please know that I'm thinking about you and your son and my prayers are with...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: Tonya Sorensen - Albert Lea, MN

“I went to school with Kyler! what a good kid! was always respectful and funny whenever we had homecoming things in the gym! this sucks that he had...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: Morgan Clennon - Wells mn, MN

“Such a beautiful tribute to a very special person. He has touched so many lives in his lifetime. Thank you Derek for your friendship and your...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: Susan Grunzke - Alden, MN

“So sorry for your loss. I will pray for your family in this difficult time. I remember Ducky fondly from our high school years at USC in Ag class. ...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Ruth Lewis (Bias) - IA

“So sorry to hear of your loss and may God be with you and family at this difficult time. ”
11 of 14 | Posted by: pat bias - wells, MN - Neighbor

“I am so sorry to learn of your loss. Like many brothers and sisters who have been affected by repeated brain trauma or surgeries, we are never the...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Ben Karlin - Imperial, MO

“I am so Sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. ”
13 of 14 | Posted by: Jacqueline Farnes - Albert Lea, MN

“I am so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
14 of 14 | Posted by: Jane Bute - Alden, MN


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Derek Lars Huston, age 40, of Wells, MN, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, June 14th, 2019 at his home in rural Wells, MN. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells, MN with Brandon Huston officiating. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service at the funeral home on Saturday. There will be a luncheon following the service at the Wells Community Center. Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells is in charge of arrangements.

Known as Derek to some and 'Lars' to many, he was born to John and Laurie (Hummer) Huston on October 2, 1978 in Wells, MN. He attended Wells-Easton Elementary School and graduated from United South Central High School in Wells in 1997. He acquired the nickname "Ducky" during his younger school years and it carried throughout his lifetime. He met the love of his life, Jessica, in 2004 and the two were married in 2006 in Albert Lea, MN. Yes, he married the boss's daughter. They have one son, Kyler Lars Huston.
Derek managed to survive cancer not once, but several times. He underwent lesion removal on his scalp in 2007, and had a large mass surgically removed from his brain in 2014 followed by several radiation treatments and a year and a half of chemo/immunotherapy. 2019 brought another area in his brain under surveillance and a failing kidney. Although his body was betraying him with aches and pains, he never complained as he didn't want to burden others with his problems.
Derek was a man of few words but many facial expressions; the better you knew him the more you were able to tell exactly what he meant without him uttering a word. Although he wasn't a big conversationalist, his emotions ran deep. Derek wasn't always as serious as he seemed either. He liked to have fun and was seen a time or two doing the "robotic turkey" (aka funky chicken dance) at weddings, goofing around at work racing to the top of the corn pile, and nobody can forget his infamous one-liners. Periodically he did have a cranky streak; most often it occurred when someone ate his food, or you tried taking his socks off when he was napping. However, he was most well-known for his quick wit, sarcasm, infectious laugh, honest smile, and his loyalty.
He was also well known for his ability to fix anything and tackle any project just by looking at a diagram or watching a video. He was also a master driver, able to get behind the wheel of just about any vehicle and drive it like he'd owned it for years. If you ever had the chance to watch him run a bobcat when picking up the corn pile at the Alden Elevator, it was ballet for heavy equipment. He and Brian would scoop corn simultaneously without crashing and in an almost choreographed fashion. He also did a fantastic job farming and had a real love for the earth. One could definitely say that farming was in his blood. He farmed with his father, John, and son, Kyler, until John passed away in August 2018. They were more than father and son, son and father. They were best friends. Derek, John and Kyler also loved the fall/winter season to hunt deer together and traipse the groves and river bottoms at night hunting raccoons. The trio took a trip to South Dakota to hunt prairie dogs a few years back and discovered rattlesnake does taste like chicken.
Derek also enjoyed working for Northern Country Coop in Alden. He managed the shop, was a chemical applicator, and general jack of all trades. More recently, he was also working on taking over his father's tree service business. He enjoyed working outdoors and staying busy. Derek was one of the hardest workers I've ever met whether it was at his job, his home, or his family. If he couldn't figure something out, then one could honestly say: "Huston, we have a problem."
Derek tried to live by Bible principles and was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses in 2006. The one hope that he longed to see fulfilled was the resurrection, because he wanted to see his father again.
He was preceded in death by maternal grandparents Burdette and Marian Hummer; paternal grandfather Louis Huston; father John Huston; uncles Larry, Thomas, and Tim Huston; and cousin Billie Huston.
He is survived by his wife Jessica and son Kyler Huston; grandmother Junice Huston; mother Laurie Huston; father-in-law Brian Jacobs; step-mother-in-law Amber Jacobs; mother-in-law Tammy Flicek; sister Lisa (Jacob) Gauna; brothers Brandon (Bethanie) Huston, and Isaac (Erika) Huston; brother-in-law Joshua Jacobs; sister-in-laws Janelle Jacobs, Emily Martin, and Jillian Jacobs; brother-in-laws Andrew Jacobs, and Alexander Jacobs; and many uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Derek Lars Huston will always be loved and missed by all who knew him. He will live on in our hearts and through our precious memories of him. Although we will never know why he chose to end his life, it matters not as we choose to honor the man that Derek was and will forever be in our hearts.