Derek Schott

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Derek Schott, 39, of Belleville, IL, born February 26, 1984, in Belleville, IL, passed into rest Wednesday, January 10, 2024, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, O’Fallon, IL.

Derek was a beautiful force of nature. His dedication to everyone he ever loved was only surpassed by the joy he took in caring for them. Under his imposing stature, there was a heart and soul of solid gold. He would upend his world for a stranger in need just as fast as he would his own mother. If you were within his purview, you knew you were going to be safe. Words cannot be attempted when it comes to his innate selflessness.

Derek was an internet security architect. He loved to create complex machines out of household items. He was passionate about building cars (both life-sized & scale model) and building computers. He adored and doted on all animals. He was a hardcore aficionado of modifying musical instruments. He was a wicked self-taught bass player since the age of 16. He was also a published writer. Just to name a few other things that brought him joy.

If you never got to know him, you truly missed out. He was amazing. He is loved by many, and we will all desperately miss him, forever.

He was preceded in death by his beloved father, James R. Schott; and his companion and best friend in the entire world, Ariel.

He is survived by his mother, Pamela, nee Leahy, Schott; his sister, Jennifer (Ken) Schott; a brother, Justin Kettle; two uncles, Michael (Pam) Leahy and Patrick (Terry) Leahy; an aunt, Linda Bagsby; a nephew, Eli; and many cousins; special friends, Mary Harris, Kara Lowery and Krysti Connelly, Patricia Faith, and Nathan Wilcox; along with the entire Bloody Elbow family.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, January 13, 2024, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 13, 2024, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.



4 Comments on Derek Schott

The Conn Crew said : Guest Report Jan 13, 2024 at 7:52 PM

Pam and Jennifer, Please know all of us are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. We send our sincerest condolences for your loss. We wish we could be there for you. We are there in spirit.

  • Tampa
  • Florida
Bauman Family said : Guest Report Jan 12, 2024 at 8:25 PM

Dear Jennifer, So sorry to hear about your brother Derek’s passing. Please give your mother, and the other members of your family our condolences as well. We know this is a difficult time and our thoughts and prayers are with your mother and your family. A donation has been made to the American Diabetes Association in memory of Derek. If you need anything please let us know. We are here for you. Love, Brad, Cherie, Aeric, Alexis Stella Bauman

  • ST Louis
  • Mo
Nadine Mayville said : Guest Report Jan 12, 2024 at 4:49 PM

My heart breaks for you and your family Pam. Sending hugs and prayers your way.

  • OFallon
  • IL
terry and sherry dill said : Guest Report Jan 12, 2024 at 1:21 PM

we are sorry to hear of Dereks passing you all will be in our prays

  • belleville
  • illinois

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