Derek Jason Vowels

June 1, 1973 ~ May 11, 2023 (age 49) 49 Years Old


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Derek Jason Vowels, who died on May 11th, 2023, at the age of 49.  Derek was born June 1st, 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 11th, 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 preceded 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 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, Kentucky  40108. Visitation May 19th, 2023 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Celebration of Life May 20th, 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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May 19, 2023

2:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Hager Funeral Home
633 Bland Street
Brandenburg, KY 40108

Celebration of Life
May 20, 2023

11:00 AM
Hager Funeral Home
633 Bland Street
Brandenburg, KY 40108

Video is available for this event


The Arrow Fund
P.O. Box 1127, Prospect KY 40059


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