Funeral services for Daryl A. Willard of Seymour were held Friday, April 23, 2021, in the Holman-Howe Funeral Home of Seymour. Burial followed in the Gentry Cemetery, located north of Diggins, under the direction of the funeral home.
Mr. Willard, 80, died Sunday, April 18, 2021, at the Research Medical Center in Kansas City.
He was born on Sept. 26, 1940, in Maryville to Ellsworth Clair and Emma Anna Puckett Willard.
In 1958, he graduated from Grandview High School, where he excelled at sports.
After school, he began the skilled trade of operating printing presses. He worked as a printer from 1958 until 2000, when he retired.
He was a natural athlete and sports enthusiast.
He enjoyed many sports, but his passion was baseball.
As a left-handed pitcher, he was asked to try out for the professional baseball team, the Kansas City Athletics (now the Kansas City Royals).
He loved playing softball with the church league and played well into his 60s.
He was an avid fisherman.
In 1961, he married Shirley Wanstreet; to this union, two children were born.
He became an ordained minister and served as a youth pastor, senior pastor and youth director from 1965 until 1987, and he continued ministering in the local churches that he attended.
On Feb. 1, 1992, he married Twylah Heard Owens and her daughter, Christi.
Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Twylah, on Dec. 30, 2019; his sister, Arleta Lou Osborn; his brother, Ronald Dean Willard; two nephews, Terry Osborn and Lonnie Willard; and his great-grandson Matthew Zimbelman.
Survivors include his three children, Tammy and Warren Aswell of Gardner, Kan., Timothy and Ameka Willard of Greenwood, Christi and Paul Rogers Jr. of Krebs, Okla.; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; his brother, Dennis and Barbara Willard of St. Louis; and Shirley Wanstreet Willard of Grandview.
Online condolences may be left at www.holmanhowe.com.