Darrell Dean Aderton, age 72, of South Coffeyville, Okla., died Thursday, October 4 at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center in Coffeyville, Kan.
He was born on August 13, 1940, in Vandalia, Mo. He was the son of John Richard Aderton and Laura Elizabeth Milam. He was raised by his grandparents Joseph and Willie Aderton.
He graduated from Vandalia High School in 1958. He enlisted in the National Guard in 1960 and served seven years. Jobs held were long haul truck driver, manager of Orscheln Farm Store, prison guard, auto parts store owner, and security and private detective at Grand Lake.
After his wife Barbara died and his home burned, he later moved to Ft. Myers, Fla.
He was courthouse security until he returned to Oklahoma in 2005. His last job was school bus driver. He retired due to pancreatic cancer surgery in February 2011. He was an enthusiastic NASCAR fan and attended races when possible.
He is survived by his daughter Kathy and Trapper Hicks; son J.J. and Kim Gose; granddaughter Dustina and Marcus Chapman; granddaughter Lacey Barnett; grandsons Jim Gose and Corey Barnett and three other great-grandchildren with one on the way; twin brother Harell and Betty Aderton; older brother Franklin and C.C. Aderton; aunts Nell Fern Dueser; and Norma Shaw and lots of cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father John Richard Aderton; step-mother Katie; grandparents Joseph and Willie Aderton and Frank and Ethel Milam; Nancy Wilkinson, mother of his children, and wife, Barbara.
A memorial service will be held in Vandalia and interment in Vandalia cemetery at a later date.