Herbert A. Darnell, 91, of Vienna, W.Va., passed away April 28, 2013, at Carehaven of Pleasants in Belmont, W.Va.
He was born May 27, 1921, in Bearsville, Tyler County, W.Va., a son of the late J. Albert and Ota Edna Hamilton Darnell.
Herbert was a member of the State Soil Conservation Committee through the West Virginia Department of Agriculture, and held the responsibility of maintenance for their fleet of heavy equipment. He left home with a backpack and his lifesavings of $6, to join the Civilian Conservation Corps. Herbert served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and walked and rode from Omaha Beach to Berlin, and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He was a member of Vienna Baptist Church, Vienna Masonic Lodge 172, American Legion Post 15, and was an avid outdoorsman, who loved to hunt and fish.
He is survived by his wife, Marlene Staats Darnell; one son, David A. Darnell of Beckley; one granddaughter, Elizabeth Darnell (Mathew Allen Johnson), and her daughter, Nicole Lynn Johnson, all of Beckley; two stepdaughters, Diana Sue Jackson (Mike) of Williamstown, W.Va., and Cheri L. Gressel (Mike) of Vermillion, Ohio; one stepson, Jeffrey Thomas Foster (Kristi) of Cortland, Ohio; and six grandchildren, Robert Bush, Josh Jackson, Whitney Foster, Stacy Bush, Kyla Foster and Zane Foster.
In addition to his parents, Herbert was preceded in death by his first wife in 1982, Margaret Gainer Darnell; and one sister.
The family would like to encourage expressions of sympathy be made to Disabled American Veterans, 524 Green St., Parkersburg, WV 26101, or Wounded Warrior Project, 1120 G Street NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005.
Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Fairview Cemetery in Tyler County, W.Va., with Pastor Bill Brown officiating. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Vaughan Funeral Home, 1010 Murdoch Ave., Parkersburg, W.Va.
A guestbook for sharing online condolences is available at www.vaughanfh.com