March 10, 1940 - March 31, 2013
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ELKHART - Darrell Dean Nifong, 73, of Elkhart, passed away Sunday, March 31, 2013, at Elkhart General Hospital after a brief illness. He was born March 10, 1940, in Elkhart, to Ralph V. & Elnora M. (Pawling) Nifong. On Dec. 27, 1958, he married his loving wife of 54 years, Judith A. (Kirkwood) Nifong. In addition to his wife & father, other survivors include a son, Timothy Dean Nifong of Elkhart; 2 daughters, Tammy Holobyn & Trudy (Tracy) Nifong-Bowser, both of Elkhart; 2 granddaughters, Holly Holobyn of Tampa, FL, & Mandi Bowser of Elkhart; & a grandson, Joseph Holobyn III of Elkhart. He was preceded in death by his mother; 2 brothers, Colin & Toby Nifong; and sister, Rita Nifong. Darrell proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1958 until 1961 and was stationed in Twentynine Palms, CA. He later was employed with CTS for more than 43 years prior to his retirement. He & his wife were co-chairman of Elkhart County Special Olympics for 14 years. Darrell was awarded the 1st parent of the year for the state of Indiana for Special Olympics in 1986. Darrell was also nominated for caretaker of the year in 2012 from Elkhart County Real Services. Darrell loved spending vacations at Madeira Beach, FL, & will be remembered as being an inspiration to many people. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. at Billings Funeral Home, 812 Baldwin Street, Elkhart, and 1 hour prior to the 12 noon funeral service on Thursday, April 4, 2013, at Billings Funeral Home. Pastor Gary Sheets will officiate. Interment will follow at Little Pine Cemetery and graveside military honors will be provided by the U.S. Marine Corps and the DAV #19 funeral honor guard. Memorial contributions may be made to the
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Published in South Bend Tribune on Apr. 2, 2013