Darrel was born March 25, 1936 to Harley and Margret.
He has four children: Debbie, Darrel Jr., Ricky and Mary. He also has a special niece, Desirae, and her husband Tracy. Also a special nephew named Will. He is divorced from Gloria.
Before retirement, Darrel was a truck driver for 41 years. He drove all 50 states and Canada. Iowa was his favorite state to drive in. His least favorite item to haul was dynamite!
One memory Darrel recalls from growing up is the atomic bomb in Korea and all the noise and dust.
Darrel learned to drive when he was 17 years old. The US Army taught him to drive. They drove Jeeps all the way up to 18-wheelers. His first car was a 1946 blue Dodge.
His favorite food is oatmeal with brown sugar and he likes turkey at holiday time.
When Darrel was younger he chased girls and enjoyed stock car racing. He says he still enjoys watching girls. What else is there to do?
His favorite things about Norwalk Nursing & Rehabilitation are playing bingo, taking naps and talking to girls that sit at his table.
Darrel’s advice for the younger generation is to stay in school and mind your parents.
If he could go back to any age, it would be 17, so he could grow up again. He wouldn’t do anything different, it would just be nice to start all over again.
What Darrel has liked best about his life so far is living so darn long! His happiest/proudest moment was when his first daughter, “Debbie” Jean was born. She was as cute as a bug’s ear!