Darrell E. Foreman, 75, of Baxter, died Monday, March 20, 2017, at the Accura Healthcare of Baxter. A Masonic Funeral Ceremony was at 7 p.m. Friday, March 24 in the east gym of the Baxter High School. A funeral service was Saturday, March 25 in the east gym of the Baxter High School with Pastor Melissa Sternhagen officiating. Burial followed at the Restland Cemetery in Baxter.
Darrell was born Oct. 8, 1941, in Marshalltown, to Virgil and Ruth (Gustafson) Foreman. He graduated from Baxter High School in 1959. Following school Darrell joined the Navy and served from 1959 to 1964. After returning home from serving his country, Darrell married Nancy Butler, June 6, 1965, at the Congregational United Church of Christ in Baxter. Darrell was very proud of his 51 year marriage. The couple resided in Baxter, where they raised their two sons. Darrell and Nancy owned and operated Foreman Electric and Hardware in Baxter, for more than 40 years. Darrell was a very active part of the community and served on the Baxter School Board for 15 years, Baxter Senior Citizen Board, Jasper County Disaster Committee and the Baxter Fire Department for 37 years of which he served as fire chief for 20 years. He was a member of the Baxter Masonic Unit Lodge 520 and the Baxter American Legion Post #493. Darrell was able to attend the Jasper County Honor Flight in 2013. The fire department was Darrell’s passion, but he also enjoyed trap shooting, woodworking, going to the Casino, cheering on the Cyclones and camping at the Iowa State Fair with his family for more than 40 years. He will miss the nightly coke/beer happy hour in Dean Flora’s garage with the guys.
Those left to cherish his memories are his wife, Nancy Foreman; sons, Scott (Niesha) Foreman and Todd (Cindy) Foreman; grandchildren, Nathan and Maddy; a special daughter, Crystal Shanks (Sunshine); sister, Darlene (Bill) Clifton; brother-in-law, Richard Butler; many nieces, nephews and close friends.
Darrell was preceded in death by his parents; mother and father-in law, Rex and Arlene Butler; brothers, Ronald and Arnold Foreman.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Baxter Fire Department or the Baxter Community Education Foundation – Baxter Bolts.
Fredregill Family Funeral Home in Baxter, has been entrusted with the care of Darrell and his family.