On March 24th, our loving father Darrell was reunited after 17 ½ years with his beautiful wife Rogene in their heavenly home. He was born on April 2, 1925, the sixth child born to Walter and Martha Sweet Harlow. He married the love of his life, Rogene Morgan, on August 29th, 1942 in St. Charles, Missouri.
Darrell and Rogene were the parents of three daughters (which is exactly what Darrell wanted) Cheryl Crocker (Bob), Daralea Smith (George) and Jeanne Strohm (Larry). They had eight grandchildren; Christopher Crocker (Amanda), Kimberly Smith, Jennifer Branson (Randy), Quentin Smith, Megan Eitel (the late Steve Eitel), Corey Strohm (Jaclyn), Kylee Strohm and Chelsea Rogerson (Tyler). They were the great grandparents of fifteen and great-great grandparents of eight. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Rogene; siblings, Zola Wolfe, Lloyd Harlow, Floyd Harlow, Doyle Harlow and Marie Hills.
As a young boy, he was saved and baptized attending Mt. Pleasant Church. A strong work ethic was passed onto him at an early age as he helped his parents on the farm and with their truck patch gardens where they sold produce at Farmers Markets. He was a 1942 graduate of Martinsville High School. In August of 1943, Darrell enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was stationed at Pearl Harbor. Rogene was a “Rosie the Riveter” in Chicago during this time. After returning home, Darrell and Rogene began their many business careers. They were an amazing team working together at Harlow’s Market, Marshall IGA, the Dog’N’Suds Drive-ins as well as other business ventures. They were fortunate to have made many friends and former employees over the years. They enjoyed traveling and spending winters in Naples, Florida.
Darrell was a member of the First Christian Church. He served seventy-six years as a member of the American Legion Post 90, VFW. He also served sixty-six years as member and past master of the Marshall Masonic Lodge, Ainad Shrine, 10-70 Motor Patrol and Clark County Shrine Club serving as a past president.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 27, 2021 at Greenwell Funeral Home in Martinsville, IL with Masonic service at 7:00 p.m. by the Marshall Masonic Lodge. Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 28, 2021 at Greenwell Funeral Home, 30 N. Washington St., Martinsville, IL with Pastor Gary Pruitt officiating. Burial will be in the Marshall Cemetery in Marshall, IL with military rites by Marshall VFW and Marshall American Legion .
Memorial donations may be made to Marshall Cemetery, PO BOX 213, Marshall, IL 62441, American Legion Post 90, 302 S. 8th St., Marshall, IL 62441 or Marshall VFW Post 5979, 112 N. 5th St., Marshall, IL 62441.
The family wishes to give a special thank you to his loving caregivers Christy Bailey, Diane Johnson and his grandchildren Presley, Quentin, Amada, Aiden, Emily and Morgan.
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