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David Eugene DarnellPassing: February 13, 2024


Chastain Funeral Home

Memorial Service

Saturday, February 17th @ 1:00pm


Chastain Funeral Home

Saturday, February 17th @ 11:00am-1:00pm


No Burial

PEKIN – David Eugene Darnell, 62, passed away Tuesday, February 13, 2024, at Ascension St. Vincent Salem Hospital in Salem.

Born July 30, 1961, in Bedford, he was the son of Norman and Judith (Kline) Darnell.

David was a 1979 graduate of Mitchell High School and later obtained a Masters Degree. He was a U.S. Army Veteran, and had been stationed in Augsburg, Germany, serving in several leadership, technical, and educational positions. David was an Electric and Chemical Engineer having worked at the Essex company and retired from the Valeo Sylvania company in Seymour. He had been an ordained minister in the Church of God denomination and had served churches for 20 years. David loved music, target shooting, deer hunting, and writing essays in his spare time. He played football and participated in track and field while in high school and enjoyed physical fitness.

Survivors include his daughter, Erica (Brandon) Cooper of Louisville; grandson, Ace Michael Cooper of Louisville; brother, and Brian (Julie) Darnell of Heltonville; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents and sister, Carol Stinson, preceded him in death.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 17, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home with Reverend Reggie Clark officiating.  Military rites will be accorded by American Legion Post No. 250 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday at the funeral home.

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14 Guest Comments

  1. Guest: Kim Chastain | Mitchell, Indiana
    Date: February 17, 2024
    David was a classmate of mine and such a special guy. He was always kind and gentle. He was good at encouraging others and making people smile. I will miss him but I know he is in the presence of our Lord and Savior.
  2. Guest: Marvin & Suzanne Patton | Mitchell IN
    Date: February 17, 2024
    We are so sorry to hear about David. Praying for the family.
  3. Guest: Pam | Reed
    Date: February 17, 2024
    David and I graduated together He was always so nice in school Heaven gained another Angel!! Praying for all the family Pam DeVore Reed and husband Larry
  4. Guest: Jim and Jane Young | Mitchell, Indiana
    Date: February 17, 2024
    Our condolences to the family. I enjoyed reading Dave’s writings on his fb page. He was a good friend and a man of god. He was always cheerful and usually had a humorous remark to brighten a conversation. It’s such a shock to me he would pass so young. Jim and Jane Young
  5. Guest: Barbara Shelton-Cummings | Orleans, IN
    Date: February 17, 2024
    I enjoyed working with Dave at Essex. He was a good friend to me. Rick and are so sorry to hear of his death.
  6. Guest: Roy D Myers | Nevada
    Date: February 16, 2024
    Dave was the best friend a person could have, I had a blast being your buddy growing up. Thanks to you and your family I learned archery. It has been one of my passions thanks to Norman. Dave, you're out of pain and whole with God. Continue that love among the world of spirits, they are waiting for the good news. The MHS CLASS OF 1979 has lost a giant!! Love ya Daisy!!! lol great nickname!!!!
  7. Guest: Cherie kinder robertson | Mitchell In
    Date: February 16, 2024
    Brian, I am so sorry to hear about David passing. I wish I had looked him up. We just mo v ed back here from Az.
  8. Guest: Paul Adams | Forrest City Arkansas
    Date: February 16, 2024
    He has reached his ultimate goal. To see his Savior face to face. Until we meet again my friend, inside those gates of pearl.
  9. Guest: Tim Stroud | Mitchell, Indiana
    Date: February 16, 2024
    So sorry to hear of David's passing. I was a classmate of his sister Carol. Such a great family. My condolences and prayers for his family. R.I.P David.
  10. Guest: Lisa (Passmore) Zaragoza | Spring Hill Fl.
    Date: February 16, 2024
    Condolences and prayers to David's family. David was such a good person, went to school with him. He always made us laugh.
  11. Guest: Betty Hancock | Mitchell, Indiana
    Date: February 16, 2024
    Condolences to the family. I hated to hear of David's passing. He had a great sense of humor & always smiling. He loved God so much. Prayers for all.
  12. Guest: Amy Antonucci | Romeo Michigan
    Date: February 15, 2024
    David was always kind and funny. Was a fantastic cousin and will be fondly remembered until we meet again in Heaven. Praying for comfort for all of his loved ones.
  13. Guest: Jackie and Randy Grimes | Salem indiana
    Date: February 15, 2024
    Prayers🙏 and condolences to David's family and friends. David was a great guy and always loved to chat when we ran into each other. He will be missed.
  14. Guest: Beth Doub | Mitchell. IN
    Date: February 15, 2024
    So sorry to hear this. David was always such a great guy. Prayers for his family. He will be missed by his classmates. Mitchell 1979