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“Darrell and Merrill and family. Our Prayers are with you today. We have so many memories of Uncle Darrell and Aunt Mary. Especially when we would...Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: MICHAEL ROSBURG - MARTELL, NE

“Wonderful memories staying at Grandma Brink's and going to Aunt Mary and Uncle Darrell's house to play in the front porch and eat cheese bread. Sweet...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Dori Tucker - Harlan, IA - family

“Uncle Darrell, a very patient man with me at 16 yrs. With new license and new car. May, mud and long driveway outside of Arion. I would go in ditch,...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: Januce Rannells (Brink) - Family

“Sympathy to Darrell and Merrill and your families. Your father lived a long, rich life, raising two sons with his wife Mary. I first met them when...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: Nancy & Herman Rosburg - IA

“Great Uncle Darrell I'm very sad and I will miss our visit and your great smile. but now you are with Great Aunt Mary where you should be. Love and...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Wendy Hanny - Omaha, NE - Family

“Granddad, you will be so missed. You and Grandma back together again... ”
6 of 6 | Posted by: Kris Immekus - Saint Charles, MO


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Darrell Dwight Watkins was born on January 30, 1920, in Woodbine, Iowa to Kenneth and Lucy Rose (Bolch) Watkins. Darrell graduated from Woodbine High School in 1938. Darrell was united in marriage to Mary Marcedda Summerfield on August 13, 1942, in Woodbine Iowa. The couple farmed near Woodbine, Moorhead, Dow City and Arion. In 1960 they moved to Arion and built a home. Darrell worked as a salesman. The couple moved to Woodbine in 1986 and to Missouri Valley in 2015. Mary died on May 30, 2017.

Darrell was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Woodbine. After his retirement, Darrell enjoyed wood working, gardening and his life-long passion for playing pinochle and other card games.

Darrell died on Monday, May 14, 2018, at the Longview Nursing Home in Missouri Valley, Iowa at the age of 98 years, three months, and 14 days.

Darrell was preceded in death by his parents; wife of 74 years, Mary Watkins; and sister, Vivian Watkins. He is survived by two sons, Darrell Jr. (Colleen) of Maryland Heights, Missouri, and Merrill Watkins of Omaha, Nebraska; four grandchildren, Kris (Mark) Immekus of St Charles Missouri, Cynthia Simon of Maryland Heights, Missouri, Mark (Sarah) Watkins of Omaha Nebraska and Merrill Scott (Marcy) Watkins of Maricopa Arizona; 10 great grandchildren; one great-great grandson; brother, Kenneth Watkins of La Vista, Nebraska; and many other relatives and friends.