Darrel Bert Deen was born on Oct. 28, 1935, in Whiting, Iowa, the son of Darrel J. and Opal Dortha (Dean) Deen.
Darrel and Sally Laurine Sanderson were united in marriage on Dec. 22, 1962. Three children were born to this union: Lisa Ann, Daysha and Melissa.
Darrel grew up in Whiting, Iowa, and graduated from Whiting High School in 1954. He served in the United States Army from May 15, 1958, until his honorable discharge on Nov. 21, 1960.
Darrel was a Design Engineer for many years, living in Wyoming, South Dakota, and Whiting, Iowa. He also worked in construction for many years. Darrel enjoyed being a Boy Scout Leader. He enjoyed anything outdoors including hunting, fishing, camping, and gardening. What he loved the most was spending time with his beloved granddaughter, Madison.
Survivors include two daughters, Daysha Deen of Alta Loma, California, and Melissa Graham of Sioux City, Iowa; one granddaughter, Madison; one brother and his wife, Billy and Marcena Deen of Whiting, Iowa; one sister and her husband, Elizabeth and Alton Morton of Onawa, Iowa; seven nephews; one niece; and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Darrel J. and Opal D.; one daughter, Lisa Ann Deen (who died in an auto accident in 1983); one infant sister, Virginia Mae Deen; and one sister-in-law, Marjorie Deen.
Funeral services are Tuesday, March 13, at the Whiting Christian Church in Whiting, with Pastor Josh Weece officiating. Burial followed in Hite Cemetery near Whiting, Iowa. Military Honors were provided by the United States Army.
Arrangements were under the direction of Rush Family Care Service in Onawa. Condolences may be left online for the family at www.rushfamilycareservice.com/.