Long time Casper resident Ralph “Dub” W. Darnall, Jr., age 89, passed away on July 29, 2020 at the Edgewood Meadow Wind in Casper. Dub was born on November 26, 1930 in Casper and lived most of his life here. He was the first child born to Ralph W. and Vera Darnall. He graduated from NCHS in 1949. There is a saying by Will Rogers, “strangers are just friends I haven’t met!” That is a wonderful description of Dub. He made friends with everyone he met and had many acquaintances with the people of Casper. He also always had a story to tell you whatever the occasion.
Dub was a member of the Casper fire department for over 38 years, going from what he called a “plug Catcher” to Battalion Chief. He also worked for the Natrona County Roads & Bridges department for several years before fully retiring. After graduating from NCHS he joined the Wyoming National Guard in Casper and served for 9 years. Dub’s favorite hobby was racing and repairing motorcycles. During his early years he went all over the state racing his TR 6 motorcycle at what was called TT scrambles. He also raced stock cars and belonged to the “Dragoon’s” car club. Thanks to Andrea, Karen and Tommy for their invaluable support during his final years.
Dub was preceded in death by his parents Ralph W. and Vera Darnall, one brother Donald and his son Matthew. He is survived by one brother Richard Darnall of Phoenix, Arizona, nephews Danny Darnall in Casper, Bryan and Michael Darnall in Phoenix, nieces Stephanie Darnall in Phoenix and Valarie Leischer in West Virginia and grand nieces Andrea Barker in Glenrock, Jennifer Keller in Wheatland and grand nephew Justin Luft in Douglas.
A graveside service will be held, including a memorial service, honoring his life on August 28, 2020 at 10:30am at Highland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers a contribution may be made in his honor to the City of Casper Local 904 (Firemens Benevolent Fund), P O Box 1851, Mills, WY 82644.
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