DeKALB – Darrel Luvene Lynch, Ph.D., 92, of DeKalb, Ill., died Thursday, March 28, 2013, at home.

Born Feb. 6, 1921, in Dewey, Okla., the son of Homer D. and Della (Elam) Lynch, Darrel married Dorothy Eileen Banner on January 22, 1949, in Champaign, Ill.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during World War II, Darrel received his bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri, his master's from University of Illinois, and his doctorate from the University of Delaware. He taught from 1962 to 1983 as professor of microbiology in the biology department at Northern Illinois University.

Dr. Lynch retired from NIU after a distinguished academic career. A devoted teacher and dedicated researcher, he formed strong bonds with his graduate students, who appreciated his generous advice and quirky sense of humor.

He was a former member of Cathedral of Praise, DeKalb.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; sons, Francis (Mary Jo) Lynch, of Evanston, Ill., and Alan Lynch, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; daughters, Alice Williams, of DeKalb, and Margaret (Lawrence) Kitanga, of Sycamore, Ill.; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and sister, Jean, of Florida.

He was preceded in death by his grandson, Matthew; two brothers, Wayne and Homer; and sister, Cleta Morehead.

The memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 5, at Cathedral of Praise, 1126 S. First St., DeKalb, with Pastor Eric Wyzard officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Darrel L. Lynch Memorial Fund, sent in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 S. Fourth St., DeKalb, IL 60115.

For information, visit www.AndersonFuneralHomeLtd.com or call 815-756-1022.

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Anderson Funeral Home
2011 S. Fourth St. Dekalb, IL 60115
Published in Daily Chronicle on Apr. 2, 2013