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Samuel Duane Darling, Jr., age 63, of Greenville, formerly of Lansing and Tennessee, died Thursday, January 31, 2019 at his brother's home in Greenville under the loving care of his family and Spectrum Health Hospice.

The son of Diane Mildred (Gongaware) & Samuel Duane Darling, Sr., he was born on August 13, 1955 in Lodi, California.  Sam was a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps, serving during the Vietnam War.  He retired from General Motors in Springhill, Tennessee.

Honoring his wishes, cremation has taken place.  To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Sam's online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

Arrangements are entrusted to Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, exclusive providers of Veterans Funeral Care.


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  1. David C Darling on February 9, 2019 at 12:00 am

    So sorry and shocked to learn of Duanes death. I remember him as a little child ” my nephew”growing up. He was always a quiet and sort of reserved and it carried thru his life, but lots of fun. My kids and my brothers kids grew up at the same time in Lansing. It seems like only yesterday. Although we lost contact after both moving from Michigan, we will miss an important part of the Darling family . Our love goes out to the rest of his family.
    Remember the good times.-á

  2. Cathie Pelletier on November 16, 2021 at 1:52 pm

    Duane, we just learned of your passing. We are both saddened beyond words. I still have dozens of photos of Kitty posing, and of the two of you. You were a big part of Tom’s life and we tried hard to find you the past few years with no luck. What sad news to learn today. You were one of a kind, unique. I can still hear that laugh of yours. We will always miss the two-day long poker games at our farm, and the many, many visits from you and Kitty, and then Daisy. Fly free, old friend. Cathie (Tennessee/Maine)

  3. Tom Viorikic on November 16, 2021 at 2:13 pm

    To my friend and teammate with whom I spent many days filled with laughter and conversation. You are greatly missed and I am so glad that I had the pleasure and privilege to call you my friend. The many days on our porch with Kitty and Daisy will burn in my memory. Good bye my friend and rest in peace. To the whole family , please accept my most sincere and deep condolences for your loss.

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