John Benson Derdeyn, age 83 of Tucker, GA, passed away at his residence on Monday, November 12, 2018. He was married to Doris Becker Derdeyn for 52 years until her passing in 2011. He is survived by his children John M. Derdeyn and wife Kathleen, Thomas G. Derdeyn, Cynthia A. Derdeyn and her son Grant Derdeyn-Blackwell. Mr. Derdeyn was born in Vicksburg, MS on June 2, 1935. He graduated from LSU with an accounting degree and served in the US Navy. He was retired from a long career with the Internal Revenue Service. He was an avid handball player, enjoyed collecting antiques, and was a longtime member of Athletic Club Northeast. Mr. Derdeyn also enjoyed college football, old movies, classical music, and staying up on current events. He was known for his playful sense of humor. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Atlanta Humane Society, honoring his love of dogs. The family will receive friends on Saturday, November 17th from 10:00am until 12:00pm at Wages & Sons Stone Mountain Chapel, 770-496-9811. Express condolences at

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  1. John, Cindy and Tommy. I am so sorry for your loss. Your parents where a big part of my life growing up and I found it quite nice my mom and your dad stayed in touch thru out the years. My mom told me that the conversations they had of the past and your mother where very comforting to her. I think it was therapeutic for both. May you have some peace knowing he is out of pain and holding hands with your mom once again. Prayers for your entire family.
    Jane Maleske Moore

  2. We know you are missing your Dad, we are too. Jeff and I remember talking with him and Doris, some great talks, a very funny and fun time was always had. I remember John, his warm welcome and laugh. He seemed to enjoy life, I’m glad to have known him. All our love John, Cindy and Tom.

  3. Jean and I are extremely sorry for your loss and we consider it a great loss for us as well. I always considered John a friend as well as an uncle. I always looked forward to visits with John and his children when I was young, and Jean and I continued to enjoy many times with John and Doris as we grew older. He will be sorely missed by Jean and myself.

  4. Cindy, Grant, Tom, John & Kathleen – we are all so deeply saddened by the loss of your Dad and our Uncle. I have wonderful memories that began as a small child coming to visit all of you. I am thankful for the last time I saw Uncle John, 4 years ago while in Atlanta for work. We had a great afternoon and a lot of laughs with the stories Uncle John told of a few adventures with my Dad. He will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved him. Sending our thoughts and prayers for today, Saturday and beyond. Love – Andrea, Ralph and Stephen

  5. Am so sad to hear about Uncle John’s passing. He was the most lovable guy one could imagine. I have many fond memories from Natchez days and after. Although he was technically my step-uncle, to me he was always Uncle John. I appreciated his continued connection even through recent years. My deepest condolences to John, Thomas, Cynthia and the rest of the family. – Stephen, Tangmo, Jason

  6. The handball community will miss you brother. “Better is on day in his courts (He will have plenty of handball courts), than thousands elsewhere”.

  7. John, Cindy, Tommy, Kathleen, Grant …I was saddened to learn of John’s passing earlier in the week. Both he and your Mom were the best of neighbors (and you ‘kiddos’ when younger at home). As I’ve missed Doris since her passing, I’ll now miss John. We had some meaningful conversations at the street mailbox and it was a privilege to visit with him just before my leaving town a few weeks ago. I will continue to remember you in prayer at this time. Isaiah 26:3-4

  8. Hello John .Im so sorry ,I remember him well.I wonder if he still had all his Coke collection?I lost both of my parents about a year ago and I miss them very much as well I know you do.I hope that you are doing well…Chuck

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