Arthur Kenneth Darnell, age 79 of Lennon, passed away Friday, November 22, 2019 at McLaren-Flint. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at St. Mary Catholic Church, 700 E. Columbia Dr. Durand, MI 48429. The Rev. Fr. Bill Wegher will officiate with burial at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly to take place at a later date. Family will receive friends at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel on Tuesday from 4-8 pm.
Arthur was born on September 25, 1940 in Flint to the late Arthur G. and Virginia (Dodd) Darnell. At the age of five, after his father's death, Arthur was raised by his grandparents, William and Sadie Darnell. He married Annemarie Buder on January 18, 1980 in Hinesville, GA.
Arthur retired from the US Military after 20 years of service, where he served as a Communications NCO with the U.S. Army. He was a life member of the Corunna VFW Post #4005, having served during Vietnam. Arthur resided most of his life in Shiawassee County, other than the 14 years in Germany, 1 year in Korea and 1 year in Vietnam. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Durand.
Arthur is survived by his wife of 39 years, Annemarie Darnell of Lennon; son, James Darnell of New York; daughter, Raimunda Darnell of Oregon; daughter, Natalie Phillips of Oregon; son, Shawn Darnell of Lennon; stepdaughters: Elfriede Bulach of Munic, Germany, Carola (Alex) Worschech of Kitzingen, Germany and Monica Lehmeyer of Munich, Germany; 5 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Arthur is also survived by his brother, Robert of St. Johns; sister, Joan Dahl of Wisconsin; sister, Sydneyann (Ron) Dalton of Grand Blanc and brother, Edward Doty of Florida.
In addition to his parents and grandparents, Arthur was preceded in death by his son, Arthur K. Darnell, Jr.; step great grandson, Alex Worschech; stepdaughter, Gabriele Lehmeyer; brother, J.W. Doty and sister, Linda Marie Darnell.
Memorial contributions given in Mr. Darnell's name are suggested to the Corunna VFW Post #4005. Online condolences may be shared with his family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com