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Darel E. Saxman

November 29, 1940 — April 19, 2023


Darel E. Saxman

Darel E. Saxman, 82, of Mendon, passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 19, 2023, at Rose Arbor in Kalamazoo, after a long illness, with his family at his side. Darel was born at home on November 29, 1940, in Leonidas, the son of Kenneth and Bessie (Dove) Saxman. Darel was employed as a pump repairman for L & S Pump Service in Leonidas and would later go on to own and operate the business. He owned the business until 2022 and was still doing some work up to the last few weeks before he passed. He was a Member of the Three Rivers Moose Lodge #474, enjoyed fishing, working in his yard, and was a volunteer fireman for the Leonidas Fire Department. If anyone needed help, you could count on Darel to help.

Darel is survived by his wife, Robin VanOstran; children, Vicky Williams, Michael Saxman, Edward Saxman, Kimberly (Jeremy) Crawford, Melinda Fowler, Tracie (Kevin) Yoder;  many grandchildren and great grandchildren; siblings,  Bernard (Pat), Saxman, Albert (Lorraine) Saxman; his in-laws, Ronnie (Marilyn) Stafford, Ken (Connie) Stafford, Mike (Diane) Stafford, Bonnie (John) Preston; Linda (Pat) Sypult and Cathy (Al) Watts; his former wife and mother of his children, Diane Saxman; his best friend, Lee Smittendorf; many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Family and friends are invited to celebrate Darel’s life at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 27, 2023, at the The Three Rivers Moose Lodge, 110 Day Drive, Three Rivers, MI 49093. 269-279-5840.

While visiting Darel’s webpage at please sign the guestbook by lighting a candle, and/or sharing a memory with the family. Memorial contributions may be directed to the family.

The family is being cared for by Avink, McCowen & Secord Funeral Homes Vicksburg Chapel, 409 South Main Street, Vicksburg, MI 49097. (269) 649-1697.

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Past Services

Celebration of Life

Saturday, May 27, 2023

Starts at 1:00 pm (Eastern time)

Three Rivers Moose Lodge #474

110 Day Street, Three Rivers, MI 49093

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