Darrel Ernest Nyman, age 72, of Dassel, formerly of Litchfield, died Wednesday, April 22, 2020, at his home.
A memorial service will take place Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, at 11 a.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church in Litchfield.
Interment will take place at the Dassel Community Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Paul F. Dille American Legion Post in Dassel with the United States Army Flag Honor Squad.
The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel is in charge of the memorial arrangements.
Darrel Ernest Nyman, son of Ernest and Irene (Carlson) Nyman, was born March 21, 1948, in Hutchinson, MN. He spent the next 18 years growing up on the family farm four miles south of Dassel on the Bear Lake Road.
Darrel was baptized at First Lutheran Church in Dassel. He went to Collins School District 1121 for the first six years of his education. He finished junior and senior high school at Dassel High School, graduating in spring 1966.
After high school, Darrel attended Dunwoody Institute. While attending Dunwoody and living in the Twin Cities, Darrel met his true love, Geri Lewis. After graduating from Dunwoody in April 1968, and the military draft hot on his heels, Darrel and Geri decided to get married before he left for military service.
They were united in marriage June 15, 1968, at the First Lutheran Church in Dassel. Eleven days later, Darrel reported for duty. After basic training, Darrel, along with his young bride, traveled to Fort Riley, KS. They spent 22 months there and during that time were blessed with a daughter, Jacki.
After separation from the service, the family moved back to Dassel in June 1970. They later moved down by Hutchinson. During that time, Darrel worked for Wigen Chevrolet. In 1976, he went to work for Fenton Chevrolet and Cadillac.
The family then moved to Litchfield. In 1981, Darrel went to work at Ferguson Corp. with John Ferguson and later Ken Greening and Dave Holmgren.
Darrel retired March 31, 2014.
After moving to Litchfield, Darrel, Geri, and Jacki made their faith home at Zion Lutheran Church. Through the years, Darrel served on various boards and committees and taught Sunday school for four years.
With his connection in the automotive business, he was active for many years in the St. Cloud Parts & Service Guild and had served two terms as president.
Darrel enjoyed working with wood. In his later years, he enjoyed turning wood bowls. He also enjoyed a stained glass hobby. He very much enjoyed time with his family and just being at home.
He is survived by his wife Geri, daughter Jacki DiGregorio, grandson Tony DiGregorio, brothers John (Bettie) Nyman of Dassel, Allen (Linda) Nyman of Hutchinson, Galen Nyman of Dassel and his significant other, Marlyce Erickson; along with nieces, nephews, and many cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandson Alexander Paul Di Gregorio, son-in-law Robert DiGregorio, parents, Ernest and Irene Nyman, and one sister-in-law Pam Nyman.