Darrah Sammons

Darrah D. "Pat" Sammons, 88, Danube, formerly of Beaver Creek and Pelican Rapids, died Friday, Dec. 8, 2000, at the RenVilla Nursing Home in Renville.

Services were Wednesday, Dec. 13, at First Presbyterian Church in Beaver Creek. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Darrah D. "Pat" Sammons was born to Joseph and Laura Sammons on April 23, 1912, in Erhard. He grew up in Erhard and Marion, N.D., where he attended school. Following school he worked on a farm in Milwaukee, Wis., and with Allis-Chalmers in West Allis, Wis. He served in the U.S. Army in China and Burma, India, from 1941 to 1945.

He married Ruth Naus on Sept. 14, 1946, at the Methodist Church in West Allis. Following their marriage they lived in West Allis until 1949 when they moved to Spooner, Wis. In 1950 he began working with the Chicago-Northwestern Railroad as a welder. They moved to Beaver Creek in 1955. He retired from the railroad in 1974. In 1977 they moved to Pelican Rapids and have lived in Danube since 1999.

Mr. Sammons was a former member and elder of First Presbyterian Church in Beaver Creek and member of the American Legion in Pelican Rapids. His hobbies included collecting model trains, fishing, and most of all, rope making at Western Minnesota Steam Threshers.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth Sammons; two sons and daughters-in-law, Ron and Marilyn Sammons, Danube, and Jim and Chris Sammons, Beaver Creek; six grandchildren, Aaron Sammons, Jennifer Smith, Nicole Sammons, Robert Sammons, Derek Sammons and Kyle Sammons; four stepgrandchildren, Misty Pursley, Jade Wadsworth, Triston Wadsworth, and Jesse Wadsworth; two great-grandchildren, Honnah Sammons and Joel Smith; one stepgreat-grandson, Ben Wadsworth; one brother and sister-in-law, Randy and Elva Sammons, Moorhead; and six sisters, Mary Wick, Esmer Shores and Pearl Tabbut, all of Pelican Rapids, Deleia Ranes, Tacoma, Wash., Dorothy Conner, Phoenix, Ariz., and Pansy Simmons, New Orleans, La.

Mr. Sammons was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Bob and Bill Sammons.

Dirks-Blem Funeral Home, Renville, was in charge of arrangements.

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