Darrell Duane Petty Obit

NLJ Staff


May 27, 1926–July 6, 2019

Funeral service for Darrell Petty will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, July 12, at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Newcastle. Interment will take place at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, July 15, at Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, S.D.

Darrell Duane Petty, age 93, of Newcastle, Wyo., died Saturday, July 6, 2019, at the VA Hospital in Sheridan, Wyo. Darrell was born May 27, 1926, at Platte, S.D., to the family of Mary Isabella Butts and Joseph Petty. Darrell was the fourth child of seven born to this family

Darrell served in the Army infantry during World War II, receiving the Bronze star, Purple Heart, and numerous commendations for his service. Darrell was an avid gun enthusiast, belonging to sportsman gun clubs in Newcastle and Thermopolis and The Tubb Town Muzzleloader’s   He was the hunter safety instructor for many years, in Newcastle.

Darrell married Jean Worlding on Aug. 11, 1953, in Lusk, Wyo. They lived and raised their family in Newcastle, moving to Thermopolis in the late 1990s. Darrell was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints; he served in many positions in the church. 

Darrell is preceded in death by his parents, Mary and Joe Petty; his eternal companion of 59 years, Jean Petty; all of his siblings, Floyd, Lyle, Leigh, Wilma, Don, and Sid; his son, Russell and daughter-in-law Ella; and great-granddaughter, Abbi. He is survived by sons, Dale (Barbara) of Thermopolis, Wyo., and Scott of Gillette, Wyo.; daughters, Deborah Petty of Gillette, and Sandra Petty of Thermopolis;  12 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren and another on the way.

Memorials may be made in Darrell’s name to benefit Special Olympics of Wyoming. Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Meridian Mortuary, 111 S. Railroad Ave., Newcastle, WY 82701. Condolences may also be expressed at meridianmortuary.com.



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