McCOOK, Nebraska -- Darrel Raymond Youngs was born June 10, 1934 in Dresden, Kansas to Chet and Opal (Davis) Youngs. He passed away Sunday (Jan. 16, 2011), in McCook, surrounded by his family and friends.
He was raised a Kansas boy, living south of Lenora until the family moved to Oberlin where he graduated from high school in 1952. He attended Dodge City Junior College for one year where he played basketball under a basketball scholarship. Darrel continued to successfully play basketball under scholarship at McCook Community College where he graduated in 1954.
Darrel married his sweetheart, Elda Louise Wagoner, on June 12, 1955. They resided in McCook where Darrel was employed at the West Sale Barn and until 1961 he custom combined during harvest season. He later followed his father's footsteps as partner and manager of the West Sale Barn.
Darrel was a member of the McCook United Methodist Church. He enjoyed involvement in the McCook Jaycee's, the McCook Elks and served as Elk Exalted Ruler in 1968-69. He loved thoroughbred horse racing and had a great appreciation for good music. His interests included sports, playing golf and cards.
Most important to Darrel was his family and friends. He had a special love and protectiveness for his caring wife and immense love and pride of his daughters and grandchildren. Darrel had a sense of humor, a unique wit, and a special way with people. He always had a nickname, a joke or a song to be sung to fit the occasion. His sense of humor prevailed to the end. Darrel maintained his friendships from early years and continued to develop strong friendships throughout his life.
He is survived by his loving wife, Elda; two daughters, Cyndia and husband, Craig Rose of Lantana, Texas, and Chris and husband, Marty Mitchell of Foxfield, Colorado; sister, Leota and husband, Jay Hickert of Akron, Colorado; brother, Dennis and wife, Shari Youngs of McCook; four precious grandchildren, Ashley and husband, Dave, Seth and wife, Raquel, Jake and Luke; four special great-grandchildren, Tayler, Kaelyn, Caleb and Abigail; and nephew Tyler.
He preceded in death by his parents, Chet and Opal Youngs.
Memorials may be given in his name.
Visitation is Thursday, 1--8 p.m., with family greeting friends from 6-8 p.m. at Carpenter Breland Funeral Home.
Funeral services are Friday, 10:30 a.m., at McCook United Methodist Church with the Rev. Lance Clay officiating. Burial is in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.