Funeral Services: Will be held on Wednesday, January 9, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at the Avondale United Methodist Church, rural Fontanelle with burial in the Garner Cemetery. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the William Thompson American Legion Post No. 703 of Bridgewater. Pastor John Greenlee will officiate the service.
Visitation: Will be held on Tuesday, January 8th, at the Steen Funeral Home in Fontanelle from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with the family present.
Memorials: To the Darrell Stuva memorial fund to be established by the family.
Darrell Vern Stuva was born July 16, 1925 to parents Albert Henry and Mary Tressie (Mayme) Cramer Stuva at his Grandma Mary Stuva’s farm, rural Bridgewater. Darrell had one brother Dean Albert.
Darrell spent his early school years at the Washington #5 School (Center School) and later at the Washington #6 School. He attended two years of high school at the Richland High School (Fisk).
Darrell married Verlea Ilah Dodge April 15, 1945 at the Creston Methodist Parsonage. Darrell left for the Army on June 2, 1945 where he was stationed in Italy. He was discharged on February 7, 1947. After his return from the Army he worked at the Bridgewater Fullerton Lumberyard until they moved to their farm in September, 1947. On April 9, 1948 they were blessed with a son, Dennis Darrell Stuva. They lived on the home farm just west of the Avondale Church for 52 years before moving to their home in Fontanelle. Darrell enjoyed farming and keeping the homestead neat. Darrell moved to the Good Samaritan Society, Fontanelle in April, 2012 where he remained until his death on January 6, 2013.
Darrell took pride in his family, son Denny & daughter-in-law Sherry, grandsons Chris & wife Heather and Dewayne & wife Jamie and their 9 great grandchildren, Bailey, Colton, Josey, Carli, Elaina Stuva, Destiny Larabee, T.J. & Peyton (Larabee) Culpepper, & Austin Wilson. He enjoyed attending his grandsons school activities and High School rodeos and later his great grandchildren’s activities. Darrell enjoyed old cars, camping with Verlea and the Good Sam’s Camping Club where they traveled in their motor home, spending a few winters in Arizona & Texas, and making crafts & going to craft shows.
Darrell attended the Avondale United Methodist Church, rural Fontanelle. He was a member of the American Williamson Thompson Legion Post #0703 for the past 50 plus years.
Darrell was preceded in death by his wife, Verlea, parents Albert & Mary (Mayme) Stuva, brother & sister-in-law Dean & Delvian Stuva, father-in-law & mother-in-law Elmer & Sylvia Dodge, step father-n-law Arthur Taylor, sister-in-law & brother-in-law Ardith & Clayton McCall.
Darrell is survived by his son & wife, Denny & Sherry, grandsons & wives Chris & Heather Stuva and Dewayne & Jamie Stuva, nine great grandchildren, Colton & Carli Stuva, Bailey, Josey & Elaina Stuva, Destiny Larabee, T.J. & Peyton (Larabee) Culpepper, and Austin Wilson.
Darrell will be greatly missed by his family & friends.