Update: Great news. Derrick has been released from the coroner and is now in the hands of some great people down at Woodlawn Funeral Home. Today I was able to meet with the funeral director to begin the process of arranging Derrick's cremation and talk about the Scattering Ceremony.
The scattering ceremony will be scheduled in the next few weeks as soon as his family has had the chance to get all the appropriate documents in order. Everyone will be invited to come help see off this man who touched so many. We will be doing the ceremony outside. It's going to be beautiful.
For any questions regarding Derrick's service please contact Stephen Wilson at Woodlawn Funeral Home at (360) 491-3000
Derrick's family has been found! Derrick will finally be laid to rest, partly in Olympia, and partly back near his childhood home at a lake where is mother's ashes were scattered.
The money you raised has done far more than just help pay for a friends final resting place. It lifted an entire community.
Per Derrick's family's instructions, any remaining funds from this fundraiser will be equally donated to Concern for Animals, and a homeless shelter in Olympia. I will be supplying receipts as soon as any money is exchanged so hold tight.
Thank you to everyone who has given their time, money, hearts, and for all of your comments and prayers in helping to find his family.
It has been a job well done, Oly. I am so privileged and humbled by you.
Sorry for any inconvenience, but we are not accepting check/cash donations at this time. For those who prefer to donate by using cash/check, there will be an opportunity in the future for you to pay the funeral home directly. Hold tight!
Hi friends-- We are still in search of Derrick's family and picking up every piece of the puzzle we can to bring them home to Derrick. If you know anything about Derrick's family please get in touch.
If there are family members out there who are hesitating to come forward for financial reasons, please know that all of the money raised through this fund are for your support in giving Derrick a resting place.
Thank you again to everyone for your generosity to help honor a once in a lifetime kind of guy.
Spoke with Woodlawn and Derrick can be added to their Scattering Garden and have a plaque with his name added to their wall for $425.00. I am increasing our goal to $1225.00 to reflect the amount we will need for cremation and scattering of his ashes.
This fundraising campaign is being established for the passing of Derrick "Dudeman" McDougal.
Derrick was was known for his kind heart, love of his dogs, and that amazing little home he made from tarps and trailers. If you ever met him you didn't forget it. Derrick lived on the land and the kindness of others, but his pets were always well fed and happy.
Derrick's untimely death has rocked the streets of Olympia. If things weren't bad enough, we are now faced with the daunting task of trying to locate his next of kin so that they can arrange his final resting place.
As a homeless man of the streets, Olympia became his family. Olympia, it's time for us to step up again and do the right thing for one of our own. If family does not come forward we need to have the ability to give Derrick a send off of dignity and compassion.
Working with the people at Woodlawn, we could have Derrick buried and memorialized for $4,000.00. The price breaks down as follows: $1,200 Plot $500 Casket $400 Marker $1,100 Funeral Director $750 To remove/replace earth at grave site
The above option is not a popular one in the community as everyone knew Derrick to be a free spirit and the thought of containing him in the ground just doesn't seem fitting.
There is also an option of having him cremated, and then his ashes buried in a smaller plot. We would need to raise $3,000.00 for that.
At the very least to give him a proper cremation we will need $1,225.00. A standard cremation after taxes and fees comes to $800.00. To scatter his ashes in Woodlawn's Scattering Garden and adding his name to the wall with a small plaque will be $425.00. I would also like to purchase an urn to keep with some of his remains should his family be located.
I will personally be taking 100% of proceeds directly to the funeral home.
At this time (9/5/13) none of the family members have stepped forward to claim Derrick.
Many people have come forward with concerns for his three dogs, and as of today they are still being cared for by a friend of Derrick's.
Feel free to leave your respects for a gentle soul gone too soon from this world below.
I've seen you at least once downtown. It's crazy how your presence as a local homeless man could lift up our hearts. We as human beings can learn a thing or two from your example of humbleness. Rest in Peace.
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