Paul A. Darling Sr.

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DARLING Paul A. Darling, Sr., 67, of Lancaster, passed away on Saturday, January 1, 2011. Paul was a Master Welder and a welder's union member. He retired from Waukesha Cherry-Burrell in Lexington, KY and from the Kroger Tamarack Farms Dairy in Newark, OH. Paul also worked as a corrections officer at the former Ohio State Penitentiary. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, and reading. Paul also loved good conversation with family and friends. He was a volunteer Firefighter and EMT with the Buckeye Lake Fire Department. Paul was a huge Buckeye's fan and loved his five Boston Terriers. Paul is survived by his wife of 21 years, Connie Sue Darling; daughters, Tracy (Floyd) Pettet III and Nikki (David) Nance; sons, Joseph Jay Darling, Randy (Andrea) Darling, and Chris (Chrissy) Darling; grandchildren, Brittany, Laura, Erin, Ryan, Hunter, Megan, Shawn, Kiara, Jessica, Brad, Paul III, Kasy, Keaten, Korbin, Tiffany, Tonya, Nathan, and Ashley; numerous great-grandchildren; best friend for 65 years, Gilbert Metcalf; and close cousins, Paul Leroy Darling and Buddy McCoy. He was preceded in death by his sons Paul A. Darling, Jr. and Michael E. Darling, parents John Paul and Lenora Darling and brother David Darling. Friends may visit from 5-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the FRANK E. SMITH FUNERAL HOME, Lancaster, with an opportunity for sharing memories at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Caring Cremation will follow the services. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Friends of Dodd Hall Fund c/o Office of Medical Center Development and Alumni Affairs, 1480 W. Lane Ave., Columbus, OH 43221.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Jan. 3, 2011
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