"Concerned with the General Welfare of the Deaf of Iowa"

Updated July 4, 2017


Duane A. Darrah

December 3, 1936—February 21, 2017

Duane A. Darrah, 80, of Defiance, passed away Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 at CHP Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

He was born in Newton, Iowa on December 3, 1936, he was the son of the late Louis and Margaret (Schmidt) Darrah.

He was the husband of Margaret (Anderson) Darrah. They were married July 18, 1959.  He was a 1955 graduate of Iowa School for the Deaf.

Duane had worked at The Crescent News for 50 years. He started at the Crescent News on December 31, 1955.

He released pigeons as the liberator for the Defiance Pigeon Club for 48 years.

He will be greatly missed by his wife Margaret; daughters: Tamara (Robert Maine) Ritz of Lebanon, Ohio, Suzanne (Kenneth) Bauer of Sherwood, Christine (Timothy) Wills of Elkhord, WI; son: Stephen (Cindy) Darrah of Jacksonville, FL; sisters: Jean Holmes of Newton, Iowa, Gloria Daughtrey of Newton, Iowa; brother: Louis 'Paul' Darrah of Newton, Iowa

He is also survived by 15 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren.

Preceded in death by a sister Darlene Acuna

Services were held at the Lawson-Roessner Funeral Home, Defiance, Ohio  at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 23rd, with Deacon Jeff Mayer officiating. 

Suggested memorials are to the CHP Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice Center or the Donor's Choice. Condolences may be shared at

 Thanks to Lawson-Roessner Funeral Home, Defiance, OH, Roy Chapman and Kathleen Kautzky for the information.