In Memory

Steve Darnall

Stephen Ross Darnall passed away Thursday, April 17, 2014, at Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook. He was 71 years old.

Stephen was born on Sept. 13, 1942, in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, to parents, David Arthur and Phyllis June (Ross) Darnall. He graduated from Gering High School in 1960. Shortly after graduation, he entered the U.S. Army and remained active in the National Guard until February of 1968, when he was honorably discharged.

On Nov. 22, 1964, he was united in marriage to Sharon "Shari" Shoults in Terrytown, Nebraska. To this union two children, Crystal and Stephen, were born. While living in Melbeta, Nebraska, Stephen worked for the Co-op Oil Refinery in Scottsbluff. In 1978, the family relocated to McCook, where Stephen worked as a pest control operator for Lystad's Pest Control and later he worked as an inspector for the Nebraska Department of Roads until his retirement. Shari passed away on Jan. 9, 1994.

On Nov. 10, 2007 Stephen married Mary Kay Hendrix in McCook. With this union, Kay's two daughters, Sherri and Val, also joined the family. They moved to Monte Vista, Colorado, for a brief time before returning to the McCook community.

Stephen was a member of McCook Eagles. He was an avid pool player, coin and antique model car collector, and loved to hunt. He had a passion for all sports, especially the Oakland Raiders, traveling, and attending auctions. His true delight in life came from spending time with his family, friends and his Maltese, Smokey.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Shari; an infant daughter; three brothers, Lon, Bill and Scott Darnall; and sister-in-law, Carol Darnall.

Survivors include his wife, Kay Darnall of McCook; sister-in-law, Karen Darnall of Gering; son, Stephen Arthur Darnall and wife, Alisa, of Sidney; three daughters, Crystal Darnall and fiancé, Robert Hall, of McCook, Sherri and husband, Miles Schwartz, of Queen Creek, Arizona, and Valerie and husband, Robert Tulley, of Monte Vista, Colorado; grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Kassidy Darnall, Anna Michelle Lambert, Jill Mares and Justin Schwartz, Mathew and Meeyah Tulley, and two great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.



 
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04/23/14 10:25 AM #1    

Mike Fisher

So sorry to hear of Steve's passing. We were neighbors in Gering and did all the things friends of that age do, lots of pool playing and duck hunts. Steve, Terry Tornow and I joined the Army together and went through Basic in the same unit, I never say him again after that. He will always be in my memory.

 


04/23/14 11:11 AM #2    

Mike Thompson

Steve was a very good friend.  He was always fun and a generous person.  When I came back from overseas on leave in 1962, he threw me the keys to his 1957 Olds convertible and said pick me up after work.  It was just what I needed. God bless you, Steve.

Mike Thompson


04/23/14 04:55 PM #3    

Helen Day (Wells)

I'm so sorry to hear of Steve's passing. I remember him so well from school he was always a very caring friendly young man. I know that he will be missed by all who knew him. sincerely, a classmate Helen Day Wells


04/23/14 09:04 PM #4    

Emily Oetken (Lemmon)

I am so sorry to hear about Steve. Prayers go out to his family.  He lived down the road when we were growing up. Our parents were friends, so our families spent time together. I have many great menories of those times.  Steve was always a very special friend.  Steve, his parents, and brothers will always have a special place in my heart.  He will be missed.  A friend, neighbor, and classmate.  Emily


04/24/14 10:01 AM #5    

Royce Wills

LEFT A MESSAGE FOR THE FAMILY WITH THE FUNERAL HOME IN McCOOK BUT WANTED TO ADD TO MY FELLOW CLASSMATES THOUGHTS.  RECALL MANY TIMES DRAGGING MAIN IN SCOTTSBLUFF WITH STEVE IN MY FORD CROWN VICTORIA AND THE GOOD TIMES WE SHARED.  STEVE WILL BE MISSED, JUST GLAD I WAS ABLE TO SEE STEVE AT THE CLASS REUNION!

ROYCE

LAMAR CO


04/24/14 01:03 PM #6    

Ronald Johannes

Sorry to hear of Steve's passing.  May the good Lord look over during this time.

Ron and Helen Johannes


04/24/14 02:30 PM #7    

Sandra Kays (Graves)

Just returned from an awesome funeral for Steve.  It started out with piped in music with Jimmy Buffett singing Marguaritaville, then a country song called "if you aint lovin, you aint livin".  Mike Brown sang "the Dance" and the pastor sang a rather a rather southern gospel rendition of  "Amazing Grace"  The message was directed to Kay and the kids and was very personal.   And yes............he was burried with his black cowboy hat on.

Regards,

Sandy

 


04/26/14 11:58 AM #8    

Debbie Meisner (Torbeck)

Steve was such a good guy...very kind.  He was a big part of my high school/growing up years and leaves so many good memories.  


04/26/14 04:34 PM #9    

Tom Thurman

Steve was a great guy, we spend many hours working on old Fords in his garage. We have infant children lying side by side in West Lawn. He will be missed by many.


04/26/14 05:19 PM #10    

Ronald Butler

Sorry to hear of Steve's passing.


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