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Darrell Wayne Hosler

June 4, 1947 - June 12, 2018


Darrell Wayne Hosler, 71,  passed away peacefully in his sleep, at his home in Salem on June 12, 2018.  He was born June 4, 1947 to the late Delbert and late Virginia Hosler, and was raised in Portland and Salem.  He graduated from South Salem High school in 1965.  He went on to be a Marine after high school.  After he was discharged from the military he joined the Merchant Seaman and saw some beautiful places in the world.  He then worked on tugboats on the Columbia River.  After that, Darrell headed to Alaska to work on the North Oil slope.  Darrell then met Patricia Darlene Thackery on a blind date and they married after a few months of knowing each other.  They wed on February 14th, 1970 and shared 48 years together. 

Darrell began a career in truck driving.  He drove Semi truck for various trucking companies. He was never very fun to buy Christmas gifts for since he always knew what would be “in the box” from years of working in the trucking industry. Darrell retired from Yellow Freight in 2000 and was involved in the Teamsters organization.  In retirement, he bought a motor home and traveled with his wife.  In his later years, he spent his winters in Yuma, Arizona and his summers in Salem, Oregon.

If you knew Darrell, or didn’t know Darrell, he would do anything for you! You always knew where you stood with him.  He loved to fish, tell stories and watch Nascar on Sundays.  He also truly loved his family and friends.

He leaves behind his best friend Patricia Pat Hosler, and their two children, Wade (Jeannine) Hosler and Debbie (Ty) Kraft and grandchildren; Kobe, Blake, Mckenna, Keira and Hannah.  He also leaves behind his brother, Danny (Candi) Hosler.

On June 23rd, a viewing is available at Virgil T Golden Funeral Service, 605 Commercial St SE, Salem, Oregon from 12-2 pm. 

A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Darrell on June 23, 2018 from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm at the Grand Hotel, 201 Liberty St SE, Salem, Oregon in the Santiam Ballroom.  Please come celebrate his life and share a funny story or two.  Darrell’s wishes were to be cremated and laid to rest in the Ocean. The family will spread his ashes July 18th in Depoe Bay.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army, Family Services & Lighthouse shelter, 1977 Front Street, Salem OR 97301. 

The family would like to thank the staff of Virgil T Golden Funeral Service

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Darrell; Truly, you will be missed.  the hours I spent listening to the stories you would tell were countless.  My favorite was the one you told as we were driving to the Montana casino to celebrate you and Pattys 25th wedding anniversary you told Mike to pull over at the top.  You pulled out a bottle of champagne and said you wanted to toast Patty.  You said "Ralph told me I would marry you or go to jail, just think if I hadn't married you, TODAY I would be a FREE man".  BAAAHAAA, we laughed for weeks over that.  ALBIS was always your favorite Bar in Wallace and I am just sad that I didn't get your constructive criticism over our bar, the Metals.  I think you would have liked it, a lot!  Oh well, I will just have to bring my cousin Patty over to tell me what you would have thought.  Rest in peace, know that we all loved you and give my dad and favorite Aunt and Uncle, Grandma and Larry all a big tight squeeze from me!   Marc



My Condolences to the family. With love Always to a great man who will always be remembered for his great humor. RIP Darre



Darrell, I truly will miss your stories and fun times in Yuma. We had alot of good laughs the 6 of us, Patty,Denny and Karen and Dick and I. Love ya! Phyllis Leininger