Darl E. Wall, 91, of Republic, passed away Tuesday evening, June 5, 2012, at Autumnwood Care Center, Tiffin.
He was born Dec. 8, 1920, in Republic, to George S. and Mattie M. (Vogt) Wall. He helped his father and brother farm 300 acres with horses while he was growing up. He married Margery M. Willams Sept. 25, 1948, in Fireside, and she died Jan. 24, 2001.
Survivors include three sons, Spencer E. (Linda) Wall of Perrysburg, Herbert "Andy" (Sheryl) Wall of Attica and George S. (Ann Bass) Wall of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, George R. Wall.
He attended Scipio Republic School and worked as a trackman for the B&O Railroad and Plumbrook before being inducted into the Army in March 1943. After boot camp, he served as a drill instructor for three groups of recruits. He was sent ashore on Omaha Beach on D-Day and served as part of the ground forces at the Battle of the Bulge and at Remagen Bridge. He was part of the first occupation forces in Berlin, and helped liberate a Nazi concentration camp of Czech prisoners. He served as a platoon tech. sergeant of the Cannon Co. 309th infantry regiment, 78th division, before being discharged in November 1945.
He worked for Marathon Oil as a gas truck delivery driver, several years making church pews for a company in Tiffin, was a carpenter's apprentice for Lonnie Roop, several years as a contractor at Adams Street Lumber Co. and was yard foreman for Buy-Rite Lumber. He completed his work career with Focht Brothers Construction, Tiffin.
He was a member of Republic United Church of Christ, a former school board member of the Scipio-Republic School Board, a 65-year member of the Wade Benfer American Legion Post No. 404 Republic, serving many terms as Post Commander, a member of the 5th District American Legion, American Trapshooting Assoc. and the Autumnwood Care Center's Alzheimer's Advisory Council.
His funeral is 10:30 a.m Saturday, June 9, 2012, at Republic United Church of Christ, 312 S. Madison St., Republic, with Pastor Darla Metz officiating. Burial will follow at Armstrong Cemetery, East SR 162, Republic, with the Wade Benfer American Legion Post No. 404 conducting military graveside services.
Visitation is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, June 8, at Lindsey-Olds Funeral Home, 3085 S. SR 19, Bloomville.
Memorial contributions may be made to Stein Hospice, Wade Benfer American Legion Post No. 404, the church or to American Diabetes Assoc.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.lindseyoldsfh.com.