Donald Eugene Durnell

March 20, 1927November 28, 2018

Donald Eugene Durnell, 91, formerly of Fort Wayne, passed away on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at his Ossian residence. He was born March 20, 1927 in Fort Wayne to the late Harry and Ethel (Mallo) Durnell. He worked as a construction supervisor for Worthman Homes and then retired from Master Piece Construction in 1993. He was an active, long time member of Nine Mile United Methodist Church where he served in many capacities through the years. He is survived by his children, Duretta (David) Yoquelet of Argos, IN, Denise Durnell of Ossian, and Drake (Beth) Durnell of Suwanee, GA; grandchildren, Casey (Matt) Cripe, Clint (Jik) Yoquelet, Isabella Durnell, and Elijah Durnell; five great grandchildren; and sister, Norma Burley of Michigan. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Leah Joy (Bickel) Durnell in 2016; and siblings, Paul Durnell, Glen Durnell, and Ruth Hisner. Funeral service will be Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 10:30 AM at Nine Mile United Methodist Church, 6303 Winters Road, Fort Wayne IN 46809 with visitation one hour prior. Visitation will also be on Monday, December 3, 2018 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM and 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the church. Burial will be in Nine Mile Maplelawn Cemetery. Preferred memorials may be made to the church’s Stained Glass Window Restoration Fund. Visit to leave condolences for the Durnell Family.


  • Nine Mile United Methodist Church's Stained Glass Window Restoration Fund


  • Visitation Monday, December 3, 2018
  • Visitation Monday, December 3, 2018
  • Visitation Tuesday, December 4, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, December 4, 2018
  • Final Resting Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Donald Eugene Durnell

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Otto Bergman

December 1, 2018

My father and I had the pleasure to work with Don during the start of new home constructions (basements, slabs, and crawl spaces) for Worthman Homes (including our own homes) for over 30 years. Don always gave us ample notice when he needed us, and worked well at digging the needed trenches for us. We also did plumbing repair work in his home on Arbor Ave., the new plumbing and heating installations in his new home on Dalman Road in 1965, and plumbing repairs at his latter residence.

Don always was always a good example of his Christian faith and beliefs when working with others on new constructions by not ever using profanity or cursing. He was my favorite person to work with, and Leah was a wonderful asset in his life.

As a fellow Christian who realizes that I'm a sinner, but through accepting Christ's dying and Resurrection on the 3rd day as my only Salvation, I'm sure of spending eternity with the saints in Heaven including Don & Leah.

Otto Bergman