Derek Thomas McKinley, 33, died Sunday, October 11, 2020, in Fayetteville. Derek was born May 23, 1987, in Springdale, Arkansas, to Thomas Otto and Karla Michelle Ardemagni McKinley. Derek was a loving father and a devoted husband. He often would take his sons fishing for hours and then come home to play barbies with his daughter. This selfless attitude extended to his beloved wife and all those he came in contact with. Derek always made those around him feel welcome and was willing to drop everything to lend a helping hand. He loved his dog, Sulley.
Derek is survived by his wife, Michelle Rene McKinley; two sons, Braxton Otto McKinley and Beckett Rylan McKinley; one daughter, Saylor Grace McKinley; his mother, Karla McKinley; one sister, Kara Jo Engle and husband Clint; two nieces, Klacey Jo Engle and Tommi Kate Engle; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
A graveside visitation will begin 10 a.m. Friday, October 16, at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Tontitown followed by a graveside service at 11 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the NICU at Washington Regional Medical Center.