MSgt. Francis M. Darr (Sonny) retired from active duty US Air Force in 1979. He served with Hurlburt Field Commandos in 1963. In 1965 Sonny served in Naha AB, Okinawa as a flight engineer on the HU-16 Air Search and Rescue Vietnam/Da Nang. In 1969 he served with the Aero Medical Squadron at Rhein- Main, Germany, on the C118. In 1972, he served as crew chief on the C46 and C47 aircrafts. Sonny also served as Billeting Manager at Anderson AB, Guam, Hickam AFB, Hawaii and Eglin AFB. Sonny retired from Civil Service as GS-11.
He was born September 24, 1934 (84 years young). He passed on Monday, September 16, 2019 peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family and friends.
He is survived by his Wife of 61 years, Natalie J. Darr; seven children, Frances A.Gonzaga (Doug), Lehua S. Darr, Dawn Michelle Darr, Mikel R. Kite (Joel), Dixie L. Darr (MA Harbeson), Noah A. Darr and Francis W. Darr.
He has four grandchildren, Natalie L. Drake, Trevor V. Stanfield, Danielle K. Garcia and Rachel L. Levin; four great grandchildren, Braydon Stewart, Bryce Burnheart, Jayden Steward and Kailani A. Kuhn.
He also has seven fur babies: Spanky, Elvis, Carmen, Spock, Brittany, Krypto, Erica, Snoopy, OJ and Huey.
Services will be held on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 6:00 pm at the Amvets Post 98, 910 Valastics Avenue, Valparaiso, Florida 32580. Reception will follow immediately after the service.
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