Darell Emory Pries, age 78 of Sargeant, passed away on April 25, 2020, surrounded by his loving family, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was born January 28, 1942 in Kankakee, Illinois to Emory and Eleanor (Kannberg) Pries. He was baptized at Immanuel Church, Peotone. He moved with his family at the age of 10 to a farm near Sargeant, where he currently resided. He attended the little one-roomed schoolhouse a half mile down the road for grade school. Darell was confirmed at St John’s Lutheran Church, Sargeant, where he was a member to this day. He attended and graduated from Elkton High School in 1960. Darell married his high school sweetheart Sharon Wicks at the Dexter Methodist Church on July 13, 1963. They lived on the family farm where they raised their four children. They crop farmed and ran a dairy operation for several years before transitioning to raising beef cattle. He held various church offices and served on the Sargeant town board for many years.
After renting out the farm land and selling the cattle, Darell enjoyed going to auctions collecting various items and meeting people, playing cards with his friends, collecting toy tractors, attending grandchildren’s sporting events, going for ranger rides and running his zero turn mower. Most of all, Darell loved spending time with his family, doing anything and everything together. Anyone who entered their home was welcomed with a “come on in” and a “what’s your hurry?” when they were ready to leave. Some family traditions that he especially enjoyed were the annual summer vacations up north, Father’s Day celebrations at the pond which were always more than family. He recently developed a love for Alan Jackson and his gospel music, which he listened to daily.
Darell is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Sharon; children, Kristine (Randy) Maiers, Bud Pries (Teresa Louks), Tammie (Chris) Unverzagt, Wendy (Brian) Landherr; Grandchildren, Raquel (Jake) Kirsch, Ally Maiers (Michael Adams), Travis (Annie) Pries, Tyler Pries, James Landherr, Jared Landherr, Alex Unverzagt, Great Grandchildren, Brynlee Kruse and Addison Pries, Teresa’s son Matthew Louks and daughter Laura (Steven) Brady, daughters Maggie and Ruth. Sister, Carol (Dr Henry) Balfour; brother Dave Pries; nieces and nephews. Darell was preceded in death by his parents, infant baby sister, grandparents, daughter-in-law Michelle (Mic) Pries, and nephew Scott Pries.
There will be a private family service and burial at St John’s Lutheran Church, Sargeant. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to charity of choice.
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