M. Darrell “Dutch” McLear age 93, of Greenville passed away at 12:34 AM on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at Wayne HealthCare in Greenville. Darrell was born September 17, 1925, in Darke County to the late Leonard & Geraldine (Eley) McLear. In addition to his parents, Darrell was also preceded in death by a son, Steven D. McLear; and a granddaughter, Andrea McLear.
Darrell is survived by his wife, Luella C. (Yohe) McLear whom he married December 27, 1947; daughters & sons-in-law, Gaye Lee & Larry Noffsinger of Centerville and Jo Ella & Rick Michael of Troy; grandchildren, Alex Noffsinger, Natalie Cantrell, Chris Michael, Pam Schanz, D.J. Michael, Courtney Thorn and Catherine McLear; and numerous great-grandchildren.
Darrell served in the U.S. Navy during WII. Darrell retired from the Darke County Courthouse where he was a custodian, but was truly a farmer at heart. Darrell loved playing cards and dominoes with family and friends and did his best to keep the fudge tin full. Darrell was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Greenville.
A private graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family in Ithaca Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville.