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Darrell A. Hindman, 92, was born on a farm near Danbury, Nebraska, September 25, 1919. His parents were William Ray and Ruby May Axtell Hindman. He had three sisters, all of whom have preceded him in death. When he was two years old, his family left the farm because of his mother's health and moved to Bartley, NE, where he graduated from Bartley High School in 1936. He was active in sports in high school and in youth activities and music in the Bartley Christian Church. Darrell attended the College of Emporia in Emporia, KS from 1938-40, transferring to Nebraska State Teacher's College in Kearney, NE in 1941. In the middle of his junior year, after Pearl Harbor and the Declaration of War in December, 1941, Darrell volunteered for military service in February, 1942. He had eight weeks of basic training at Camp Robinson, Arkansas, and was immediately sent to Oahu, Hawaii, for another eight weeks of basic training after which he was assigned to the 35th Infantry Division. The 766th Tank Battalion was formed from the 35th and Darrell served as a Staff Sergeant in SW-2, the Intelligence division of Service Company. The 766th was sent to Kwajelein Atoll in the Marshall Islands as a holding force in 1944. When victory was declared, Darrell was discharged in October, 1945. Darrell returned to Nebraska State Teacher's College and completed his B.A. in Education, graduating in 1946. He was a high school teacher and principal in Nebraska public schools for several years. Darrell completed his Master of Arts Degree in Educational Administration at Colorado State College of Education in Greeley, CO in 1950 and was a high school and elementary school principal in Erie and Aurora, CO schools from 1950-53. Returning to Colorado State he began work on a Doctor's Degree in Educational Psychology and Special Education. While completing his dissertation, Darrell accepted a position as Assistant Director of the American Association on Mental Deficiency Federal Project in Mental Retardation in Columbus, Ohio, for five years from 1957-62. He traveled extensively throughout the United States and Europe visiting schools and hospitals for the mentally retarded and universities with which they had an affiliation. Darrell returned to Colorado State in 1960 to attend his graduation ceremony and receive his Doctorate degree. All of his college work was done under the G.I. Bill of Rights. In 1962 Darrell accepted a position in Education and Psychology at New Mexico Western College (now WNMU) in Silver City, NM. In 1965 he was appointed Professor and Director of Special Education at Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, NM. In 1967 he became State Director of Special Education in the State Department of Education in Santa Fe, NM. In 1970 he returned to his ranch in Silver City, NM and established a counseling office in Silver City. He was the diagnostician and remedial special education teacher in the Lordsburg, NM Public Schools and did remedial teaching for Vision quest in Silver City for several years. He retired in 1981. Darrell is a member of the Silver City-Grant County Widowed Persons Association and a Charter Member of the Copper Country Cruizers Old Car Club. Darrell was an avid reader and car enthusiast, having restored several antique and classic cars throughout the years. Some of the cars, including his prized possession-a 1955 Oldsmobile which belonged to his father, have won awards at car shows throughout the region. Darrell was married to Rose Dehnohoff in 1950 for eleven years. He was married to Bonnie McCrary in 1969. She passed away in 1998. Darrell is survived by step-daughter, Beverly McCrary; three nephews, Dean Grisell, John Bryant and wife Sharon, Dennis DeWitt and wife Martha; four nieces, Muriel Anne Mullikin and husband Russell, Rada Bacon and husband Dick, Beth Duffy and husband C.W. Morgan and Anita Hoffman and fiancé Max Larsen. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Ray Hindman and Ruby May Axtell Hindman; his wife, Bonnie McCrary Hindman; his siblings, Muriel Grisell, Lottie Bryant and Nelda Trisco; A memorial service will be celebrated with military honors on Tuesday, July 31st at 3pm at Terrazas Funeral Chapels with Pastor Tar Henderson officiating. Cremation will take place at Terrazas Crematory. Arrangements are with Terrazas Funeral Chapels and Crematory "Trusted care for the ones you love" ~ 575-537-0777. To send condolences, visit www.terrazasfuneralchapel.com.
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Terrazas Funeral Chapels
1 Fort Bayard Rd Silver City, NM 88062
(505) 537-0777
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Published in Las Cruces Sun-News from July 29 to July 30, 2012
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