DE SOTO — Darrel W. Girardier, was born June 14, 1926, in Morse Mill, Missouri. He was the son of John F. Girardier and Bertha Whitworth Girardier. Darrel passed April 18, 2019, at St. Joe Manor in Bonne Terre, Missouri, at the age of 92.
Darrel is survived by his two daughters, Janice (Richard) Rogers of Arlington, Texas, and Mary Jo (Kenny) Leftridge of Bonne Terre, Missouri; six grandchildren, Brenda (Chad) Allen of Bonne Terre, Missouri, Tracey (David) Oder of Bonne Terre, Missouri, Julee (Ed) Schnieders of Dallas, Texas, Sara (Jeff) Phillips of Henderson, Nevada, Darrel (Amy) Girardier of Franklin, Tennessee, and Robert (Emily) Girardier of Chesapeake, Virginia; 20 great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Marty Girardier of Chesapeake, Virginia; sister, Carol (Elden) Lee of Dittmer, Missouri; sisters-in-law, Jean Hobson, and Beverly Agers of De Soto; brother-in-law, Jim Woolsey of North Branch, Michigan; special friends, Todd and Daniel Mahn of Festus, Missouri, and Cliff Copeland of De Soto.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 56 years, Norma Lee (nee Hobson) Girardier; son, John F. Girardier; and sisters, Wanda Toulouse, Oleta Gibbons, and Helen Girardier.
Darrel worked for Missouri Pacific Railroad and retired from the United States Post Office for which he was a letter carrier in De Soto and a Postmaster in Winfield, Missouri. Darrel also worked as a Funeral Director for Mahn Funeral Home. He served in the Army in World War II; was a Deacon and member of the First Baptist Church De Soto; belonged to the De Soto Masonic Lodge #119 for 63 years – Past Master 1963, and Past District Deputy Grand Master. Darrel had been involved in Boy Scouts since 1963 and was a Scout Master of Troop 543 for 15 years; was awarded the Silver Beaver Award and the Vigil of Honor in the Order of the Arrow.
Darrel will rest instate 5-8 p.m. Friday, April 26, 2019, at Mahn Funeral Home in De Soto. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday April 27, 2019, at Mahn Funeral Home with Rev. Jim Owens and Todd Mahn officiating. Interment at Peaceful Ridge Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Gideons International.