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Darrell Darst

September 21, 2019

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Darrell Darst, 70, of Madison, died Saturday, September 21, 2019. Darrell was born August 10, 1949 in Madison, MO to the late Estill and Willa Mae (Johnston) Darst.

A proud Veteran, Darrell served in the United States Army. He fought in the Vietnam War and received an honorable discharge in 1971.

One of the highlights of Darrell’s career came during his tenure with the federal government where he was able to take part in the construction of the Cannon Dam. Prior to retiring from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Darrell worked for Norfolk & Western railroad. During his time at the U.S.D.A., Darrell spent many years working with farmers in Lincoln and Randolph counties.

Darrell is survived by his wife, Kevin (Granneman); who he married on March 17, 1989 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Troy, MO. Also surviving are his children; Tanya Darst of Paris, MO, Ashley Thornhill of Chicago, IL, Marcia Thornhill of Lake Geneva, WI, and Toney Thornhill and his wife Tonya of St. Charles, MO; six grandchildren, one great-grandchild, two brothers, Donald “Donnie” Darst and his wife Valerie of Moberly and Ordell Darst and his wife Charlene of Madison, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

After his family, Darrell’s passion was International Harvester Tractors. As a founding member of the International Harvester Collectors Club, he devoted much of his life to the development of what is now a community of 7500+ enthusiasts worldwide. He served on the national board as a director for many years, including two terms as president. In addition to his time on the board, Darrell was known for his time as editor of Harvester Highlights magazine. Darrell and his wife have an International Harvester Museum at their home in Madison, MO and have traveled all over the United States researching the history of IH.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the International Harvester National Collectors Club Archives or the Honor Flight Network would be appreciated.

Services honoring and celebrating Darrell’s life were held in the Cater Funeral Home Chapel.  Committal prayers, Military Honors and burial were held at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery.

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