Darrel E. Knisely, 86, of rural Fayette, Ohio, died July 11, 2017, at Ebeid Hospice Residence in Sylvania, Ohio, after suffering a massive stroke.
He was born Aug. 27, 1930, in Monroe County, Mich., to Charles and Myrtle (Gaw) Knisely. He married Martha Jane Leininger on June 14, 1952, on their farm near Fayette. She preceded him in death on June 19, 2016.
Darrel was a life-long dairyman, owner and operator of D-Maples Registered Holsteins from 1966 to 2015. He was involved in all aspects of dairying, from farming and breeding to showing and judging. He sold registered Holsteins to buyers across the U.S. and internationally in up to 10 other countries.
He served as a long-time 4-H adviser and was the founder of the Dandy Dairymen 4-H Club. Darrel was a member of the Ohio Holstein Association and was recognized for more than 40 years participation in the Holstein Association USA. He was also inducted into the Fulton County Agricultural Hall of Fame.
Darrel is survived by his children, Denise Knisely of Defiance, Ohio, Dennis (and Susan) Knisely of Fayette, DeeAnn Simmons of Delta, Ohio, and David (and Tracy) Knisely of Fayette; two brothers, Dale (and Janet) Knisely of rural Michigan, and Duane (and Onalee) Knisely of West Unity, Ohio; a sister, Eva (and Tom) Clendenen, of West Unity; five grandchildren, Tarelle (and Chad) Pennington, Michelle (and Beau) Chinn, Kirk (and Sarah) Simmons, Kristoffer (and Kelsi) Knisely, and Katie Knisely; eight great-grandchildren, Emileigh, Alicen, Elizabeth and Annabeth Pennington, Jacen and Harper Simmons, Bennett Chinn, and Kristian Knisely.
In addition to his parents and wife of 64 years, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Dean Knisely and Lynn Knisely; and a son-in-law, Louie Simmons.
Cremation has taken place. A memorial service is planned at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 16, at the family farm. A celebration of life open house will follow.
Arrangements were handled by Eagle Funeral Home in Fayette.
Memorial donations are suggested to the Fulton County 4-H Endowment Fund.