Nile Rean "Bud" Darr

Nile Rean "Bud" Darr


Nile “Bud” Darr, 93, of Kirksville, Missouri, passed away Monday (April 14, 2014) at Kirksville Manor Care Center.

Born July 4, 1920 in Novinger, Missouri, he was born the son of Clarence and Lena (Burchett) Darr.

Bud was united in marriage to Maurine Watson on September 20, 1941 who preceded him in death on November 7, 1942. On December 21, 1944 he was united in marriage to Mildred Lonberger who preceded him in death on October 31, 1996. After the loss of his wife Bud enjoyed the company of Regina Adkins for fourteen years which brought much happiness and contentment to their lives. They enjoyed traveling and attending family events.

A huge shout out to Bill Adkins for his daily visits to the nursing home and always being there for Bud when needed. It meant so much to Bud and his family and they will be forever grateful.

Surviving are two sons, Robert Darr of St. Louis, MO and Ronald Darr and his wife Sharon of Tremont, IL, Regina’s two sons, Bill Adkins and Bud Adkins; four grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his companion, Regina Adkins on December 14, 2010 and three sisters, Edith Darr, Cleta Darr and Mary Jones.

Bud received his education in the Ringo Point rural school, and was a life long resident of Adair County. He was a well known Kirksville mechanic for over fifty years and owned and operated Bud’s Texaco, Bud’s Shell and Darr Auto Service. After retiring, Bud enjoyed restoring old tractors.

Funeral services will be held 3:00 p.m. Saturday (April 19, 2014) at Travis-Noe Funeral Home in Kirksville, with family receiving friends from 1:00 p.m. until service time.

Pallbearers will be Larry VanSickel, George Boatman, Randy Tullis, Frank Griffin, Brett Wilke and Mike Vaughan. Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Adkins, Bud Adkins, Fran Malloy, Sam Kriegel, Van Keith, Bob Beatty and Dan Yager.

Interment will follow the service at Highland Park Cemetery in Kirksville.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Kirksville Manor Care Resident’s Christmas Fund or to Hope’s Kitchen. Memorials may be left at or mailed to Travis-Noe Funeral Home, P.O. Box 306, Kirksville, MO 63501.

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Signed by: Kay Harris on April 17, 2014

Bud was the definition of a good man. I, and my entire family, will be forever grateful for the MANY acts of kindness he, Regina (and Robert) showed my mom. Bud was blessed to have you, Robert, cut from that same cloth - a generous, kind, and giving heart. I'm certain Bud knew he was loved and there's no greater gift to leave this earth with than that. Your loss will be felt from now on, but just remember that you are loved too Robert so let people show you the caring and kindness you so easily give to them. We love you. Kay, Goff, and Family

Signed by: Ed Potter on April 19, 2014

Bud was my second dad. The memories I have of Bud, both growing up and as an adult, are endless. I'm a much better person for having known Bud and having him in my life. I knew I could always count on Bud for his friendship. Like everyone, I have regrets in my life..but knowing and having the privelage of knowing Bud most of my life is not one of them.

Almost all of my childhood memories involve Bud, Mildred and Robert. This is extended to my adulthood.

While I am not at Bud's services, please just know my thoughts are with Bud and his family and friends.

I'm a much better person for having Bud in my life and know I will see him again. I know he will greet me, give me a big hug and show me the ropes.

Rest in peace Bud. I love you dear man.

Ed Potter

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