Darrell Dwight Watkins, 98, died on Monday, May 14, 2018, at the Longview Nursing Home in Missouri Valley, Iowa. Darrell 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 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.
A funeral service was held at 10:30 a.m.Saturday, May 19, 2018, at Fouts Funeral Home in Woodbine. Officiating the service was Rev. Don Naftz. Nancy Foutch played the piano and Sue Benedickt was the soloist for the musical selections “The Old Rugged Cross” and “In the Garden”. Pall bearers were David Watkins, Steve Watkins, Mark Watkins, Colby Watkins, Merrill Watkins and Tom Scott. Darrell’s final resting place is at the Woodbine Cemetery in Woodbine.