Darrell L. Ferris

February 26, 1926September 13, 2013

Obituary – Darrell L. Ferris Darrell La Dean Ferris was born in Villisca, Iowa on February 26, 1926 to his parents, Alta and Robert Ferris. He died on September 13th, 2013, in Wichita Falls, Texas. He was the third of six children, raised on a farm outside of Ft. Madison, Iowa. In February of 1942, the Ferris Family moved to Denver, Colorado, where most have resided since.

He attended elementary, junior and high schools, attaining a GED.

On 22 March 1943, Darrell volunteered to serve his country as a member of the United States Navy and was Honorably Discharged 25 February 1946. He survived numerous campaigns, island assaults and battles across the Pacific and Indian Oceans. On the USS Tennessee, he endured a direct kamikaze attack that blew him from his hammock and burned him badly. He carried a small piece of that aircraft that had landed in his lap that night with him for the rest of his life.

He married the love of his life, Charlotte Z. Adams, on 2 February 1952 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Together, raised two sons, Darrell Lyn and Scott Lyle Ferris. These boys are married to their loves of their lives, Karen and Kim. There are three grandsons, Scott Lyle Jr, Dustin Lavell and Garrett Landry Ferris that survive their Grandfather.

Darrell joined Troop 10 of the Boy Scouts in 1937 in Ft. Madison, Iowa. He loved ALL things about hiking, camping and trekking. In Wichita Falls, he became active as a Scoutmaster for Troop 202 at Fain Elementary School. He was known for being able to take anyone who wanted to be a Scout and getting them on their way. He made two trips to Philmont Scout Ranch and walked them both.

Darrell worked for over 30 years for the U.S. Government performing the duties of instruction, course design and supervision of class for telecommunications equipment specialist for the United States Air Force.

Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 in the chapel of Hampton Vaughan Funeral Home.

Someplace a journey begins at the end of the worldly existence we know, Somewhere a path stretches over the stars, and rivers of memory flow, Somewhere a silence is heard far away and the brightness of day fills the night, Where the trials of life are resolved into peace… When a soul finds its way to the light. Author unknown

In Lieu of flowers, please donate to the Boy Scouts of America or The HonorFlight DFW organization.


  • Memorial Service Wednesday, September 18, 2013

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Brian Morrell

October 12, 2013

My family lived next door to the Ferris family from 1966 to 1970, I know when we moved away he wondered if I would ever grow up to amount to anything. Well I did Mr. Ferris mainly because I wanted to do it for you and my parents. Thank you and rest in peace. Brian

George and Claudette Ferris

September 17, 2013

Darrell, you don't know how much we already miss you. When I joined the Ferris family in 1982, I acquired so many wonderful BIG brothers. I will always remember the summer George, Chris and I spent in Wichita Falls with you and Charlotte. That was a very happy vacation. Everytime I saw you, you always had a smile on your face. I cherished the times you came to Denver for our family reunions. I still see your smiling face whenever I look at the photos I have of the six Ferris children. We love you very much, Darrell. George is saddened by your loss, as he lost another big brother, but grateful you are now out of so much pain and suffering. You are with your mom and dad and siblings. You will always be cherished in our hearts. We love you so much.

Steve & Connie Ginnings

September 17, 2013

We are praying that God will send comfort, peace, and strength to Mrs. Ferris and all the family.

Caryn Bartle

September 16, 2013

Pop, you touched so many lives. Anyone who knew you is better for it. Thank you for blessing my life. You will be missed. I hope you got your white hat in Heaven, because all the good guys wear white hats!
Caryn B

Sara Haygood

September 16, 2013

37 years ago I met the Ferris family and Darrell became my "Wichita Falls Dad". He was very dear to my heart. He was one of a kind and the world is a better place because of him.

Cheryl Carlile Jackson

September 16, 2013

It has been many years since I have seen Darrell but I have many wonderful memories of him! My sincerest sympathies to the family.

September 16, 2013

Rest In Peace Mr. Ferris, Our condolences to your family. Thank you for your service to this great nation.
Stephen & Rosa San Miguel
Telecommunication Flight
Sheppard AFB TX