Dane W. Darr, 88, well-known, lifelong Fairmount area farmer, passed away at 6:25 p.m. (March 29, 2019), at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
He was born January 10, 1931, in Jamaica Township, Illinois, to George and Alice Hart Darr.
Dane married Mary Lou Drollinger on January 7, 1956, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Westville.
Mary Lou survives, as well as a son, Bryan (Caroline) Darr of Fairmount; two daughters, Melinda (Randy) Skaggs of Danville and Carla (Bill) High of Catlin; a brother, David (Evelyn) Darr of Fairmount; eight grandchildren, Samantha (Alan) Kitchen, Mariah (Denton) Hird, Ravyn Skaggs, Dustin (Jessica) High, Chelsie (Scott) Hardy, Lisa Neal, Daniel (Stacey) Neal, Christopher (Faith) Neal; nine great-grandchildren, Avery Kitchen, Camden Kitchen, Graham High, Ruthie High, Savannah Hardy, Dylan Neal, Macie Neal, Harper Neal, Jaxton Paskavich. Dane was preceded in death by two brothers and sisters-in-law, Charles (Mary Elizabeth) Darr and Paul (Margaret) Darr; as well two sisters and brothers-in-law, Marjorie (Ralph) Diel and Mary (Lloyd) Puzey.
He was an Army veteran serving in Korea, and was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Westville.
His entire life had been centered on farming and agriculture. He was a member of the Vermilion County and Illinois Farm Bureau, active on the Illinois Farm Bureau State Marketing Committee, as well as the board of directors of Farm Bureau, and received the Distinguished Service Award as well.
He had been a member of the former Fairmount Lions Club, and enjoyed square dancing with the Frontier Twirlers for many years. He enjoyed mowing, and took great pride in his homeplace.
Dane was extremely proud of his family.
Funeral services were held April 5, at Catlin Church of Christ, 715 W. Vermilion St., Catlin. Chris Lawler officiated.
Burial with military honors by Catlin American Legion followed in Davis Cemetery west of Fairmount.
Memorials in Dane’s memory to the Vermilion County Farm Bureau Foundation.
The Robison Chapel in Catlin is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be offered at www.robisonchapel.com.