VeteranDarrell Ishmael

Darrell Dale Ishmael, 38, of Astoria died at 12:36 a.m. Jan. 21, 2010, at OSF Medical Center in Peoria.

He was born June 20, 1971, in Canton, a son of Lawrence H. “Lonnie” and Dorothy Knowles Ishmael. He married Sara Nell Hammond on July 4, 2002, in Astoria. She survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Kayla Christine Hammond of Ipava; one son, Darrell D. Ishmael Jr. of Astoria; four brothers, Lawrence “George” (and Brandi) Ishmael of Havana, John (and Susanne) Ford of Normal, Jeff Ishmael of Davenport, Iowa, and James Ford of Macomb; four sisters, Lonna Davis of Davenport, Carole Ishmael of Moline and Lori (and Joe) Titus and Judy Brien, both of Rockford; his parents, Lawrence (and Judy) Ishmael of Huron, Ohio, and Dorothy (and Duane Beaird) of Creve Coeur; grandmothers, Verna Ishmael of Fairhope, Ala., and Patricia (St. Clair) Knowles of Canton; several aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews; and his second family Bravo Battery 2/123 FA.

He was preceded in death by his stepdaughter, Caddy Mellette Hammond; his grandfathers, Lawrence Ishmael, Arthur Knowles Jr. and Edward (Popeye) Kuznair; one aunt, Susan (Knowles) Dekker; and one uncle, Arthur Knowles III.

He attended VIT High School graduating in 1990.

He joined the National Guard in 1989 and was a member of Bravo Battery 2nd Battalion 123rd Field Artillery of Macomb. He achieved the rank of Sergeant 1st Class. He served one tour in Iraq from October 2004 to October 2005 as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He received the bronze star and the Meritorious Award.

He owned and operated Ishmael Trucking in Astoria.

Services were held Monday at Macomb Army National Guard Armory, 135 West Grant St., Macomb, with President Ted Snider of Havana Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints officiating. Burial was in Blackburn Cemetery. Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home in Macomb was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Education Fund for Darrell D. Ishmael Children at Ipava State Bank or South Fulton Community Sports Project.

Condolences may be sent to www.dodsworthfh.com.


Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 1/27/2010