Darrell Childers

Darrell Clark Childers

1935 - 2013

Darrell Clark Childers, 78, of Alvin, Wis., passed away Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, at his home.

He was born Jan. 23, 1935, in Halls Summit, Kansas, the son of the Reverend Vernon and Mary (Godden) Childers. He honorably served his country in the U.S. Army from Aug. 20, 1958, until his discharge on Aug. 19, 1964.

Darrell graduated from Gateway College, Racine, Wis., in 1974 with his degree in Fire Science. On Dec. 30, 1989, he retired from the City of Kenosha Fire Department as a Lieutenant, after serving faithfully for 25 years. Following his retirement from the Kenosha Fire Department, he was a fire instructor at Nicolet College for 12 years. He also served as fire chief for the Alvin Volunteer Fire Department for five years.

In 1956 he married Rosalind Block, and to that union, his son Dean was born. The marriage ended in divorce. In 1961 he married Wanda Puckett, and they had two daughters, Darla and DeAnna.

Darrell was a member of Grace Foursquare Church of Rhinelander, Wis. He was also a member of The Retired Professional Firefighters of Wisconsin, The National Riflemens Association, The American Legion Post 0094, the Forest County Lakes Association, and long time member and past president of the Kenosha Ramblers Campers and Hikers Association. He owned and operated a photography studio "Creations by Darrell" for twenty years. He was an accomplished organist, loved the outdoors, fishing, hunting, and woodworking. He especially loved his children and grandchildren

He was preceded in death by his parents in November of 1958; his sister, Laverna Henderson in November of 2006; and his brother, Paul in May of 2011.

Darrell is survived by his wife, Wanda; son, Dean (Cherilyn) Norfleet of Chalfont, Pa.; daughters, Darla Childers of Kenosha, Wis., and DeAnna (Bruce) Klawitter of Salem, S.C.; grandsons, Christopher (Kelly) Norfleet of Pennsylvania, and Michael Klawitter of Platteville, Wis.; brother, David (Naomi) Childers of Sunrise Beach, Mo.; sister, Carol (Rick) Childers of Sunrise Beach, Mo.; brother-in-law, Dwight Henderson also of Sunrise Mo.; and sister-in-law, Linda Childers of St. Anne, Ill.

Visitation will be held Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, from 9:30 to 11:15 a.m. at the Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron River, Mich. The West Side Veterans will accord Military Rites at 11:15 a.m. Funeral Services will follow at 11:30 a.m. at the Jacobs Funeral Home, with Rev. Bob Messerli to officiate; Darrells close friends, Rev. Gay Frisinger and Father Jim Fosdic to assist.

Pallbearers will be Dean Norfleet, Bruce Klawitter, Michael Klawitter, Chris Norfleet, Bill Priebe, and Ronald Neubauer

Interment will be at Lakeview Cemetery, Alvin, WI, in the spring.

Condolences may be expressed to the family of Darrell C. Childers online at www.jacobsfuneralhomeir.com

Funeral arrangements by the Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron River, Mich.

Funeral Home

Jacobs Funeral Home, Inc. of Iron River - Iron River
405 West Cayuga Street  Iron River, MI 49935
(906) 265-5129

Published online at KenoshaNews.com on Dec. 30, 2013