January 13, 2014


Darwin Ray Stanfield, 80, of Pocahontas, Iowa, formerly from Lake City, died Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at Pocahontas Community Hospital.

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Lake City with visitation at the church two hours before the service.

Darwin was born July 8, 1933, to Maurice and Reva (Cleveland) Stanfield at the Lake City Hospital. Darwin graduated from Lake City in 1954 and was active in sports, especially track.

On Aug. 5, 1955, Darwin entered the Army, serving until July 23, 1957. Having completed his Army career he had several jobs before he started helping his dad Maurice and grandfather George Stanfield in Stanfield Trucking in Lake City and farming east of Lake City.

Darwin married Marian Anderson of Palmer on Oct. 3, 1954, at St. Paul Lutheran Church. They were blessed with three daughters; Sandra Stanfield of Des Moines, Sheryl (Gary) Ramquist of Norwalk and Karla (Dondi) Stender of Elkhorn, Neb. Darwin was blessed with two grandchildren: Michanda Hoffman of Rochester, Minn., and D.J. Stender of Elkhorn, Neb., and Kari Stender of Tulsa Okla.; eight stepchildren: Ken Point, Alan Point, Mike Point, Jim Point, Deb Boadway, Donna Kakacek, Wayne Point and Steve Point; 18 step-grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by is wife, Marian, on Oct. 26, 1985, at age 49; and great-grandchild Brandon Kakacek. On July 1, 1989, Darwin married Edna Point of Pocahontas at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Palmer. They enjoyed 22 years of being snowbirds to Mesa, Ariz.

Darwin enjoyed mowing greens at golf courses, working at flea markets in Mesa and Iowa, and meeting and making friends.