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MCMARTIN, Darell 1949-2010

MCMARTIN, VANDERZYDEN

Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 8/16/2010 at 20:21:45

Darell Duncan McMartin, 60, of Grundy Center passed away on April 8, 2010, at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City. A memorial service was held on April 12 at the United Methodist Church in Grundy Center. Burial was private at Oakland Cemetery, Beaman. A memorial fund has been established.

Darell was born on August 1, 1949, in Eldora to his parents Duncan and Dorothy McMartin. Darell was a life long resident of rural Grundy Center. He graduated from Grundy Center High School with the Class of 1967. Darell was united in marriage to his wife Kathryn on October 12, 1968, at the Second Christian Reformed Church in Wellsburg. Less than a year later he was called into active duty with the US Army. He served his country in Vietnam as part of the 5th Mechanized Army Infantry Division. After his discharge from service he rejoined his wife Kathy in Iowa and began their family, welcoming their son Jason Duncan first and then their daughter Apryl Mae.

Darell was a proud member of the Grundy Center Am Vets, the Eldora American Legion and the VFW. Darell loved to fish, especially deep sea fishing and he loved to bird and wildlife watch. He loved auto racing including NHRA and NASCAR racing and was a voracious reader. He and Kathy happily spent the last 16 years wintering in Rockport, Texas. His family also remembers him as a great story teller and a devoted father and grandfather.

Darell is survived by his wife, Kathryn; father, Duncan; son, Jason Duncan (Sara); daughter, Apryl Mae (Nathan) DeLange; brother, DeeGene (Linda) McMartin; sister, Dixie (Lennie) Phillips; father-in-law, Henry Vanderzyden; his grandchildren, Katie, Josie, Payton, Mason, Jacob and Anna; and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy; mother-in-law, Verda; and his grandparents.
--Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 15 April 2010


 

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