The Family of Darrell Staley wishes to thank everyone for their many thoughts, prayers, and acts of kindness in our time of sorrow. We would invite you to join us in celebrating our Dad’s life. Funeral services will be held Friday, August 26th at 2:00 PM at Amazing Grace Community Church, 541 E. 99th Pl, Thornton, CO 80229.God bless you always.

Darrell Dean Staley

In Loving Memory
Born:
April 11, 1927
Passed Away:
August 19, 2016
Celebration of Life

The Family of Darrell Staley wishes to thank everyone for their many thoughts, prayers, and acts of kindness in our time of sorrow. We would invite you to join us in celebrating our Dad’s life. Funeral services will be held Friday, August 26th at 2:00 PM at Amazing Grace Community Church, 541 E. 99th Pl, Thornton, CO 80229.God bless you always.

Darrell Staley was born April 11th, 1927 to parents Herburt and Florence Staley in Steele City Nebraska. He had 3 sisters and two brothers; Harold, Russel, Leone, Vera, and Bonnie. Darrell and his family moved about a few times within Nebraska, but returning to Steele City where he attended High School, played varsity basketball and lettering, then graduating in 1946. It was while living in Steele City that Darrell met Louise Kozak where they attended school together, she was behind him a couple grades. Later they would reconnect after Darrell’s military duty.

After graduating from High School, Darrell was inducted into the US Army, reporting for active duty May 31, 1946. While completing a couple tours of duty, Darrell attained the rank of Staff Sargent, finishing with approx. 6 years military duty stationed primarily in Korea during the war. He often would talk of the country of Korea as being quite primitive in development at that time compared to the USA.

Upon Darrell’s return from active duty, he and Louise were reunited, later marrying June 29, 1952 in Beatrice, Nebraska. They would start their family in Fairbury, Nebraska with first born son Jeffrey Alan Oct 3, 1954. They would live there until leaving for a better job opportunity in Ft Collins Colorado in 1955; and then later moving to Denver in 1957 where Darrell began his career with the United States Postal Service at the Terminal Annex at 15th and Wynkoop Street.

It was there in the north Denver area that Darrell and Louise would buy their first home, in 1959, and on April 10th of that same year, would have their second son Scott Douglas born in their new home on Fox Street. The family would live at this home where Jeff and Scott would attend K-12. Darrell was very active with his family, supporting is sons in various capacities such as Assistant Cub Scout Pack Leader for his oldest son Jeff; Boy Scout assistant pack leader, assistant coach for baseball for younger son Scott.

Darrell loved camping, fishing, motorcycling, and the many road trips taken with family over many years and different destinations. He later bought his family a camper trailer which he would pull with his family to many other destinations including South Dakota Mt Rushmore, and down as far as Key West Florida. One of the more memorable experiences while camped in Key Largo was when the family awoke one morning and stepped out of the trailer into a half foot of water, soon realizing the tide had come in overnight leaving the trailer sitting in the still rising tide. This was an immediate “all hands on deck” to scramble and get the trailer and car to higher ground.

There were many fond memories shared with Darrell as a father, from learning sports, him coaching sports, his careful guidance in learning to drive a car, and countless camping trips to the mountains. Later these camping trips would include the addition of two off road motorcycles; which were strapped to a trailer, and believe it or not, were towed behind the camper trailer. This “train-like” rigging raised many eyebrows during his travels with family to Gore Pass and other fishing destinations! The poor car of his pulling two trailers up mountain passes. Another interesting modification to norm was occasionally using his old 1964 Volkswagen bug to teach his sons a bit of off-roading as they climbed up and down Welby Hill, and once over the neighbor’s lawn; by mistake of course!

Darrell’s son Jeff went on to attend the University of Colorado after high school, have a son Jeff, marry Susan, and have 3 daughters Jennifer, Maria, and Laura. Granddaughter Jennifer’s family includes her husband Danny, and great grandchildren Shea, Gracie, Braylin, and Brinley. Granddaughter Maria’s family includes great grandkids Jocelyn, Kaden, and Dawson. Granddaughter Laura’s family includes great grandkids Braxton and Maddox for a total of 9 great grandkids.

His younger son Scott graduated first from Excelsior College New York, then for his second degree, Regis University Denver. Scott would marry Ginny and have 2 sons Ryan and Luke.

Sadly Darrell would lose his wife Louise in a car accident in 1981, when a drunk driver hit them head on while they were headed out for the evening. Darrell would suffer some permanent damage due to a traumatic head injury. As devastating as this was both physically and mentally, Darrell prevailed, and returned to work to later retire with 34 years of service with the United States Postal Service.

Darrell loved to dance and later became a member of the Elks Club, attending numerous dances with his lady friend Wilma. Darrell then moved to Loveland where he lived and took care of his own home into his 80s, still mowing his own yard, and even lifting weights weighing over 100 lbs. on a weight bench he had set up in a workout room. Unfortunately on one occasion after doing his rigorous workout he had taken a fall in his neighborhood grocery store as a result of a stroke in July of 2010. Then in his later years as he finally began to decline, he would still like to lead a lady in a nice dance step during dances while in assisted living. He was often the talk of the group of caregivers how he would be the life of the party asking many of the ladies to dance, including the caregivers.

Dad, Darrell Dean Staley, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 19th, 2016 with his immediate family and loved ones by his side. Dad will be greatly missed; he was 89.

Darrell Dean Staley is survived by his son Jeff and wife Susan; his son Scott and former wife Ginny; grandsons Jeff, Ryan, and Luke; granddaughters Jennifer, Maria, and Laura; and great grandkids Shea, Gracie, Braylin, Brinley, Jocelyn, Kaiden, Dawson, Braxton, and Maddox.

 

One Response to Darrell Dean Staley

  1. Kelli Callison-Varner says:

    So very sorry to hear about your father.

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