Gene Darnall

Gene Darnall

MONTICELLO – Robert Gene Darnall, 77, of Monticello passed away at 2:16 p.m. Oct. 2, 2012, at Decatur Memorial Hospital.

Gene was born May 24, 1935, in Champaign, the son of Frank and Daisy (Harris) Darnall. He married Nancy Schubert on Feb. 27, 1954, in Champaign.

Gene is survived by his wife, Nancy Darnall of Monticello; daughters, Melinda (Ted) Combes of Monticello and Melanie (Bob) Stevens of Bement; grandchildren, Karina Combes, Ross Combes, Mollie Stevens and Eric Stevens; great-grandchild, Riley Combes; siblings, Jo Ann Cloud of Cabool, Mo., Harold Darnall of Rantoul, Hilma Ridgley of Maroa and Jack Darnall of Windsor, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one son (Mark Darnall), three brothers (Frank, Jerry and John Darnall) and one grandson.

Gene retired from Illinois Power after 40 years of service. He was a member of the "C" Club, the Masonic Lodge and Hamm-Burke American Legion Post No. 101.

Gene built homes in his spare time but his greatest joy was spending time with his friends, family, grandchildren and great-grandchild.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 8, at Monticello Township Cemetery with the Rev. David Stogsdill officiating. No visitation. Mackey-Wright Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Hamm-Burke American Legion Post No. 101.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mackey-wrightfuneralhome.com.