Darrell passed away at the age of 88 at home in Springfield, Oregon on October 24, 2021.
Darrell was born to Ervin and Ceclila Willis on April 21, 1933, in Blakely, Arkansas. The family came to Oregon in his younger years and resided in Springfield, Oregon. He attended Springfield High school and was nicknamed “Arkie” and the “Arkansas Traveler” by the Junior Varsity Football team. He was a baseball player and member of a school committee.
In 1951 he married Yvonne and had two sons, Dean and David. They preceded him in death.
August of 1979 Darrell married Nora and was graced with a second family including three daughters and one son. Nora and son preceded him in death.
Throughout his life he worked at Weyerhaeuser, a Metallurgical plant, Universal Heavy Equipment, and then completed his career, retiring from the Springfield School District 19.
He was a volunteer firefighter, member of the National Guard, Springfield Eagles Lodge 3597, and a Rivet in the McKenzie Chapter of the Rosie the Riveters.
Darrell lived his life to the fullest, putting a smile on every face he met. He was never without a hug and a good clean joke. He loved tending to his beautiful flowers, dancing, football, motorcycles, travel, and spending time with his family. Darrell will be best remembered as a loving and caring family man, great neighbor, amazing friend, and a special person to anyone he crossed paths with.
He is survived by three daughters- Cindy (Bill) Sprague, Sheila (Larry) Johns, Cheryl (Michael) Ferguson;
Seven grandchildren- Laurie (Chuck) Robertson, Larry Rich, Gerry Rich, Michael (April) Nichols, Travis Ferguson, Bryan Willis, Patryck (Sirena) Willis;
Eleven Great-Grandchildren: Jessica (Brandon) Huffman, Maecy (Benton) Carter, James (Melanie) Watson-Rich, Chad (Shea) Rich, Samantha (Mike) Rich, Davis Willis, Bennett Willis, Callie Willis, Cooper Willis, and a great grandson;
Twelve Great-Great-Grandchildren: Emma Huffman, Adriana Huffman, Trystan Carter, Logan Rich, Able Rich, Annabelle Carter, Charlee Grace Rich, Hunter Rich, Kenadie Rich, and three additional children.
Arrangements entrusted to Springfield Memorial Funeral Home. Please access the obituary and you are invited to sign the guestbook at musgroves.com
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