John Truman Darnell, 80, of Pana, died Monday, November 21, 2011 in Taylorville Memorial Hospital. He was born November 28, 1930 in Kansas City, MO, the son of Lee & Eveline Tate Darnell. A graduate of Taylorville High School, John lived most of his life in the Pana and Taylorville areas. He worked for McDonnell Douglas Aircraft and then went to work for Consolidated Communications, where he retired from in 1985. He was also a member of the IBEW Local 702.
John Darnell and Patricia Doty were united in marriage on on May 5, 1962 in Pana. She preceded him in death on August 16, 2009.
He is survived by his son: Dana Darnell & wife Jeanette, Pana, IL; 1 granddaughter: Lexie Darnell; sister: Mardell Meredith, Taylorville, IL; 3 Nephews: John Davis, Taylorville, IL; Ed Davis & wife Denise, Orlando, FL; Don Darnell, Eden Prairie, MN; and niece: Nancy McCarthy, Sun City West, AZ. He was preceded in death by his parents & 3 brothers.
Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, November 23, 2011 in Rosemond Grove Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Dan Johnson officiating.
Memorials may be made to Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry, P.O. Box 362, Pana, IL 62557 or Community Mission Center, 34 S. Locust, Pana, IL 62557.