Derr began stock car racing in the I.M.C.A. circuit in 1950, and turned pro in 1952. He raced for 26 years in 21 different states, and was a 12 time I.M.C.A. champion. He has been honored as a member of several racing sports halls of fame.
Derr is survived by his wife, seven children, 15 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.
Visitation is set for Sunday, January 12th from noon until five, with services held on Monday at 10:30 at DeJong-Greaves Celebration of Life Center. Burial will take place at the Keokuk National Cemetery.