Robert F. Darden, Jr.

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After a valiant battle with Parkinson

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  1. Chris and Mary (McMullen) Witte

    Dearest Danni, Steve, and Bob,
    It was with deepest sorrow to read of your dad’s passing, but we rejoice in his reunion with your mother. They were great parents to each of you; still, they will be missed. Our prayers are with you during this time of grief.

  2. Christine Carpenter

    Dearest Danni, Steve and Bob,
    My heart goes out to you on the sudden loss of your dear father. Knowing he is with his bride, at his Father’s right hand is a blessing. God Bless the Col. and Jo Ann and all the Dardens. Love to you all.

  3. conrad & lou Corley

    Little Bobby-Steve -Danni: I will miss my friend & talking with him every day! He was simply the best! Love to you three. Conrad & Lou

  4. Mary, Bob and family – we are so sorry for your loss. He’s now at peace. He seemed like a larger than life individual and I wish I could have known him. You are blessed.

  5. Denise Johnson Craigen

    Danni, Bob and Steve, I just learned of your father’s death and wanted to let you know how sorry I am. Losing one parent is hard enough but losing both with a year is almost too much. I don’t think I ever met your Dad but reading his life story I know I would have liked him. He had an amazing life full of adventure, purpose and love. I hope that you find comfort in knowing that he is in God’s hands and you have your life of happy memories of him forever.

  6. I frequently tell my students Mr. Colonel Darden stories. I loved him dearly; he was a wonderful man. I have begun reading his obituary-love hearing his voice again. My prayers are with the family who were lucky to have him in their lives.

  7. Deepest sympathy to Darden Family,
    I worked several years with Col. Darden at Carver and just loved him. He was a very dear man.

  8. Jerre Williams Gummelt, R.N.

    What a blessing it was to know him! His stories,emails & conversations were always so focused on JoAnn & the Air Force. May your family draw strength in wonderful memories.

  9. Bob, Steve and Danni-I was saddened to learn of the death of your sweet father. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families during this time of loss. May the God of peace and love surround you with His love and mercy. I loved both of your parents dearly and they will be missed by many.
    Love always,

  10. Kathy Bullock Chiero

    Bob, Steve, and Danni:

    Your family is an integrally woven part of the Bullock family history. I’m so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing – but loved reading his lively obit. It reminded me of his love of storytelling,life,Texas, your mom, and each of you. Besides being the ever-present figure in the sidebar of our lives, one of my earliest memories is running down the street from our house in Spokane to show your dad my new underwear. (To the uninformed reader I was under the age of 5…) He kindly complimented by choice of undergarment and sent me back home to cover them up.

    My love to you and your family – may the memory of this great man bring you comforting conversation and laughter, may his presence with your Mother bring you peace; and may the huge part of Colonel Robert F Darden left in each of you bless the lives of generations to come.

  11. I never had the good fortune of meeting Col. Darden, but lived @ Itazuke Air Base during his tenure there and was fortunate enough to have his son Robert play percussion in my school band at that time. I thoroughly enjoyed reading his extended obituary and as a former pro writer, proofed it. If there is opportunity for corrections, paragraph 14 from the beginning dealing with Gen. Le May should read "MISunderstanding" instead of understanding. And 8 paragraphs from the end "prove" should be past tense; i.e., "proved."

    Finally, I want to add my admiration for the Col’s. namesake son, Robert. After teaching 31 years for the U.S. Dept. of Defense Dependents Schools, Robert, III is surely the only student I’ve ever had who has written something like 25 books dealing with theology & related subjects. On top of that, his editorship of "The Door" subtitled something like the only religious satire magazine in the world, is exemplary work. Satire is my all-time favorite genre, and Robert III is clearly a satiric master on the level of Swift & Twain.

    My best wishes to the Col’s. spirit, Robert, III & all family members. That the Col. missed that initially scheduled flight on which his colleagues were killed clearly meant he was spared for a reason and I know exactly how that feels.

    Respectfully submitted,
    Larry Retzack

  12. Lindsey Britnell

    Dear Family sorry to hear of your lost of both parent our pray are with you all sure miss seeing you all

  13. Martha Colbert-Hall

    Dear Danni,
    our parents were the best of friends for decades. I loved Bob and Jo Ann like second parents. I saw Jo Ann and Bob for the last time right after my Momma’s funeral. I feel honored to have known them. There is no pain greater than that of losing our parents. We love you Danni.

  14. I had the honor and privilege to work with Col. Darden my very first year of teaching. He took me under his wing and mentored me the whole year. He was very generous with his resources and words of wisdom. I have always appreciated his help that year. He was an honorable man and a great example to the children he taught. I am praying for you and your family.

  15. The Tommy L. Lowry Family want you to know that the Darden Family are in our thoughts and prayers. What a rich, full life and glowing example the Col. was to many.

  16. Teresa Gross and family

    To Steve, Bob, Danni and your families – we send our sympathies in the loss of your dad. I am so blessed to have experienced Bob and JoAnn’s gracious hospitality and warmth during my Waco years – will always remember Thanksgiving celebrations with music and TV football games at the Darden house. Our thoughts are with all of you.

  17. Randy A. Wright, Esq.


    I missed his passing as I was in law school at the time. I’ll never forget his fascinating stories, or the kindness and hospitality that both he and Jo showed me. We all lost a good one with his passing.

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