Frederick, SD-Darrell Duane Emery, 84, of Frederick died peacefully surrounded by his family at his home Saturday, January 25, 2020. A celebration of life will be held from 5:00-7:00 pm, with a 6:00 pm program, Saturday, February 8, 2020 at Carlsen Funeral Home and Crematory, 1708 8th Ave. NE. Led by Rev. Thomas Carlson.
Darrell was born June 11, 1935 to Shirley and Lenore (McCulloch) Emery and grew up west of Barnard on the family farm. He graduated from Barnard High School in 1954 and began farming, ranching, and worked with a crew building pole barns in the area.
Darrell was united in marriage to Joyce Christianson on March 29, 1957 in St. John’s Lutheran Church at Columbia, SD. The couple settled west of Frederick where they made their home and raised their children. For many years, Darrell also worked at the West Sales Barn in the ring and for several years during the horse races, he worked as a Pony In/Pony Out for Northeast Area Horse Racing.
Darrell enjoyed hitching and driving his mules, gathering with family and friends, playing cards and socializing around the table, and watching Westerns. He also loved attending his children and grandchildren’s sporting events.
He served on the Frederick School Board and Township Board for many years. He was also dedicated in volunteering time to coach both softball and flag football. Darrell served as an Officer of the Barnard All-School Reunion for many years.
Grateful for having shared Darrell’s life are his wife of 62 years, Joyce; daughters, Brenda Emery of Aberdeen and Patty (Rick) Niva of Fullerton, ND; son, Eugene (Doreen) Emery of Frederick; five grandchildren Jamie (Spencer) Bruckner, Jared (Jen) Bourdon, Ethan (Alexi) Emery, Tyneill Emery and Evan Emery; two great-grandchildren, Paisley and Beckett, and one soon to come; and two sisters, Judy Bruse of Aberdeen and MaryAnn (Melvin) Schaunaman of Westport, SD.
Darrell was preceded in death by his parents; infant daughter, Paula (1962); and brother, Bernard Emery.
Carlsen Funeral Home and Crematory of Aberdeen has been entrusted with arrangements.