Darrell Gene Kearney was born May 13, 1941 in Osceola, Iowa, seventh child of Lilbert and Darlene Kearney. Darrell grew up on the “family farms” eventually moving to Mingo, Iowa where he would meet his future bride, Karen, of 58 years united in marriage on February 27, 1960. Darrell was a longtime resident of Des Moines.

He is preceded in death by his brother, Ross; brother, Carol; brother, Leland and sister, Charlene Adams. He is survived by his wife, Karen; son, Kent; granddaughter, Taylor; brother, Lewis of Marshalltown; sister, Charlotte Richman of Des Moines.

Darrell’s career path ranged from farming, insurance and national sales. He has been an active Republican for the last 20 years. He joked that he was a “Jack of all trades and a master of none”. As an amateur historian, more people than not were treated to Darrell’s famous, “history lessons for the day”. Darrell passed away at his home surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, August 3, 2017.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, August 7, 2017 at Scotch Ridge United Presbyterian Church, 13015 Scotch Ridge Road in Carlisle, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the church on Sunday, August 6, 2017. Private burial will take place at Graham Cemetery in Mingo, Iowa.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Legion in Carlisle, VFW Post 2099 or to Paralyzed Veterans at 7025 Hickman Rd. Suite 1 in Urbandale, Iowa 50322.

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Service Details

Sunday, August 6, 2017
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Scotch Ridge United Presbyterian Church
13015 Scotch Ridge Road
Carlisle, Iowa
Monday, August 7, 2017
11:00 am
Scotch Ridge United Presbyterian Church
13015 Scotch Ridge Road
Carlisle, Iowa
Private burial
Graham Cemetery
Mingo, Iowa.
Hamilton's Funeral Home
605 Lyon Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
(515) 243-5221

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