Derrol was born to Eldon and Helen (Wahl) Nitz on January 5, 1951. He was baptized and confirmed at Christ Lutheran Church rural Columbus, Nebraska. He grew up on his family farm 8 miles north of Columbus until 1967 when they moved to town. There he attended Columbus Senior High School, graduating in 1969. After graduation he went to the University of Nebraska, Lincoln until joining the United States Army, spending most of his tour in Germany. After being discharged he continued his education with the G.I. bill getting his accounting degree. Later on he took tests to get his Certified Public Accountant certificate. He was employed by McChesney, Martin, Sagehorn accounting firm.
Derrol loved watching sports, old time westerns, movies, and listening to music. He loved all his nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and never forgot any of their birthdays. He also enjoyed getting together with his many special friends from North Platte at his home to watch Nebraska football, conversation, and food.
Derrol is survived by his sisters Donna (Leon) Bruhn and Donette (Ted) Petersen all of Lincoln; brothers, Delayne Nitz of Belle Fourche, SD, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and nephews, Scott and Austin Bruhn, B.J. (Raechelle), Jasmine Jones and Max Bruhn, Mike (Shelly), Hannah and Kaitlyn Bruhn, Amanda May (Kyle Gress), Logan and Brennan Gress, Grayson and Sophia May, John (Marcia), Reid Petersen, Andrew (Chandra) Kieren, and Vayda Nitz.
Derrol was preceded in death by his parents, Eldon and Helen Nitz; several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Monday, April 9, 2018 at the Bethel Evangelical Free Church in North Platte, NE with Pastor George Cheek officiating. Burial will follow at 1:00 p.m. at Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell. Visitation will be noon – 6:00 p.m. Sunday, April 8 at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.