Abner ‘Darryl’ Engelhardt, 80
Mon, 07/10/2017 - 3:23pm admin
May 11, 1937 —
July 8, 2017
Garrison - Abner “Darryl” Engelhardt, age 80, of Garrison, Iowa died on July 8, 2017 at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City.
A celebration of life gathering will be from 2-6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 12 at Kearns Funeral Service, Kimball Chapel.
He was born on May 11, 1937 in Howard County, Iowa at home, the son of Abner John and Vera Helen (Martens) Engelhardt. He graduated from Lime Springs High School in 1956. Darryl married Lois E. Kapka on Dec. 13, 1958 in Riceville, Iowa.
He worked as a machinist at John Deere and Co., and also as a farmer, retiring in 1997. Darryl and Lois worked side by side on their farm outside of Fairbank, Iowa. After retirement, Darryl went back to music full time, playing with Nancy Hooten and her band, Squeeze Box Larry and Tuba Darryl and the Mike LaSack Band. They played at various nursing homes, hospitals, etc. Darryl was also a manager at the Apple Cart Orchard by Garrison. He spoke often about the orchard and his fond memories of his time spent there.
He was a member of Polka Club of Iowa - Cedar Valley Chapter, Musicians Union Local 137 and UAW 838. Darryl was a warm generous, caring and giving man. He helped out and mentored many young lives. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Darryl is survived by two sons, Craig Engelhardt of Oran, Iowa and Kenneth (Kris) Engelhardt of Fairbank; four daughters, Terri Engelhardt of Davenport, Iowa, Connie Wilder of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Lorie Engelhardt of Davenport and Shelli (Bob) Wierck of Fairbank; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; four sisters, Vicki (Owen) Davies of Charles City, Iowa, Nancy (Steve) Howland of Davenport, Joanie (John) Lukes of Harpers Ferry, Iowa and Debbie (Don) Foster of Clarksville, Iowa.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Abner and Vera Engelhardt; his wife, Lois; two sisters, Peggy in infancy and Judy Harrington; and two brothers, Arlyn Engelhardt and Jerry Engelhardt.
Memorials may be directed to the family.
Online condolences may be left www.kearnsfuneral service.com.