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American Legion
Saturday April 24th, 2021

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Darrel Van Deest

Darrel James Van Deest was born June 22, 1950 in Waterloo, Iowa to Benjamin Junior and Anna Mae (Beenken) Van Deest.

At a young age, Darrel worked hard and was industrious, saving all the coins he earned in jugs. When he was 18, he joined the United States Marine Corps. After being Honorably Discharged , he was encouraged to attend a drafting class. He earned an Associate degree in Drafting, and graduated at the top of his class. Because of his talent, he was invited to Harvard. However, he turned it down to get married, and because Marathon offered him a job, which he took.

He married his first wife, Jane, and they had 6 children together: Peggy, Patricia, Penny, Pamela, Paula, and Darrel Jay (DJ). in 2006 he married the love of his life, Mary Villariasa, and he spent the rest of his years with her.

Darrel had an eventful life. he loved collecting classic cars, coins, and rocks. He loved going fishing and gardening. he had a beautiful flower garden, transforming his backyard into an oasis.

In his later years he loved traveling and cruising with Mary. Together they visited places like the Philippines, Europe, and cruised extensively in the Caribbean, Alaska, and Hawaii.

He passed away at his home on April 8, 2021. He was 70 years old.

He was preceded in death by his brother Curtis, and his parents Benjamin and Anna.

He is survived by his beloved wife- Mary. His children: Peggy (John), Patricia (Jodi), Penny (Dave), Pamela (James), Paula (Shawn), and DJ (Dana). His brother Eugene (Janice) and Sister’s Connie (Dave) and Deb. He is also survived by 18 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, family in the Philippines, and many close and special Friends.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 3:00 PM at the American Legion on Clark Street in Powell, Wyoming.


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Darrel Van Deest lit a candle for Darrel Van Deest

Darrel Van Deest Apr 22 2021 3:25 PM

Becky & Michal Ryan lit a candle for Darrel Van Deest

Becky & Michal Ryan Apr 21 2021 5:29 PM

Linda VanDeest lit a candle for Darrel Van Deest

Linda VanDeest Apr 19 2021 9:44 AM

Connie VanDeest Trimble lit a candle for Darrel Van Deest

Connie VanDeest Trimble Apr 18 2021 10:12 PM

Penny Thompson lit a candle for Darrel Van Deest

Penny Thompson Apr 16 2021 11:54 PM

Glenn lit a candle for Darrel Van Deest

Glenn Apr 16 2021 6:06 AM

Dad , you will always be missed and I love you very much. Mary, please know you are in my heart and you always will be. I love you Mary.

Patricia (Van Deest) Harmon Apr 15 2021 5:55 PM

I will treasure those little memories that we spent together uncle. I am very fortunate to know you. Farewell.

Glenn Villariasa Apr 15 2021 8:08 AM

Paula (VanDeest)Condelario lit a candle for Darrel Van Deest

Paula (VanDeest)Condelario Apr 15 2021 3:31 AM

We thank you for being such a wonderful and kindhearted person. You will be missed..
See you in paradise on earth..
Our deepest sympathy...😥

From: Mr. & Mrs. Ram Mercader and Family

Mr. and Mrs. Mercadee Apr 14 2021 8:15 AM