Herman, Darst W., 93, of Springfield, passed away peacefully at Southbrook Care Center on July 1, 2021, with family at his side. He was born July 27, 1927 in Celina, Ohio. After graduation from Springfield High School in 1945, he joined the Navy and proudly served his country. Darst started his 40-year engineering career at YSI in 1999 and retired from Forward Technology in 2013. He was a master craftsman of wood, designing and making furniture which was unique and different. He also enjoyed being one with nature, feeding the birds, walking through lush green grass and gazing at blue skies. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marge of 70 years, parents Dale & Lonita Herman, sister, Lois Wood and niece, Cindy Wells. Leaving to cherish his memory is his daughter Linda L. (Charles) Parcels of Mesa, AZ, granddaughter Stephanie R. (Aziz) Fenjiro of Fairfax, VA; and sister, Ruth (Mark) Mehringer of Los Angeles, CA, several nieces, nephews, cousins, many friends and his beloved cat “Simon”. Darst lived by the motto “Don’t put off tomorrow what you can do today.” He will be greatly missed by all who have been blessed in knowing him. The family will receive friends from 2 - 4 p.m. on Monday, July 12 at CONROY FUNERAL HOME. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to the American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org).
Dear Family, I am so sorry I missed the obituary and am just now hearing of his passing. I worked with Darst at YSI for 27yrs, we last saw him at last year's YSI retirement luncheon and had a nice catching up on old times. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him. May he rest in peace. Sincere condolences, Leon and Carol Darst
- Leon Darst
, Wednesday August 11th, 2021
So sorry to hear of Darst's passing, although I know he led a full and blessed life. He and Marge were the best of friends to my parents (Jim and Doris Linkhart} since high school, over 70 years. He was my favorite of all of Mom and Dad's friends. I enjoyed many conversations with him on a variety of topics. He truly loved to converse. He was a gifted speaker and a sincerely good person. I also fondly remember many of the get togethers and parties with my parents. His attendance at my Dad's funeral last summer was also much appreciated. I know he and my mom have been keeping in touch by phone lately, which has meant a lot to her. She will miss him dearly and regrets not being able to attend his service, as she is living in an assisted living facility in Cincinnati now and does not travel well. She wanted me to pass along her sincere condolences as well.
- Jim Linkhart
, Tuesday July 13th, 2021
Linda: Sorry to hear about your Dad but he lived a good long life.Unfortunately I will not be able to attend the viewing but will remember him from the last few times I saw him when he healthy and full of life
, Sunday July 11th, 2021
I'm very sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Herman. He and his wife were friends of my parents, Richard and Anita Smith (Neet and June, or Dick and Anita, as friends knew them). I met Mr. Herman once or twice as a kid. I'm guessing he knew my Dad from high school. He seemed like a very nice person.
- Tom Smith
, Friday July 9th, 2021