Lenard “Lenny” Gene Darvial age 70, passed away on Saturday, October 20, 2018 in Corpus Christi, Texas after an 11 month battle with cancer.
Lenard was born on October 27, 1947 in Robbinsdale, Minnesota to Albert and Irene Darvial. Len attended his first years of school in Pitt, Minnesota and Baudette, Minnesota. As a very young boy Len and his brother George thought it was fun to sneak on to the train and ride it across the river into Canada. They could then get another ride back across into the US but the customs people got tired of this after a few crossings. The family moved to Amery in 1956 where Len attended school at Pleasant view and later Amery High School. Len left home at a young age due to a conflict there and he worked on many local farms. He later joined the United States Navy and served in Vietnam. He was a Helmsman on the 205 ft. Abnaki and then a Gunner’s mate on a river boat in the Mekong Delta. Len received a purple heart and several other medals of recognition. After being honorably discharged he returned to Amery and began work with heavy construction and then Andersen Windows.
On August 11, 1970 a son, Mickey James Darvial was born to Len and Nancy Ann Nadeau and on August 2, 1975 Len and Nancy were married.
In his free time, Len loved to fish and had many adventures into Canada chasing the big ones.
Lenard had a mechanical mind and he could fix, build or rewire anything. He could see potential in something that everyone else considered junk. He restored many vehicles and his finished projects were never short of excellence.
In 1984 Len moved to Stevensville, Montana to start a new life. There he built, owned and operated his own repair shop for many years. He was remarried to Martha Walth and helped her raise her daughter, Kimberly. Len worked hard all of his life and was able to retire at the relatively young age of 50. Just prior to retirement, he bought a motorhome that had burnt which he completely rebuilt and rewired. He and his wife began travelling and they would spend the winters in the Texas gulf area where he loved to fish also. In the RV Park(s) he was known as “Mr. Fix-it” and he was always willing and eager to help people. He could be found around Amery or Lake of the Woods during the summer months.
Len was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Irene; a brother, George and his wife Mary (Larson); and a nephew, Pat.
He is survived by his sisters, Arlo Darvial, Judy (Gene) Syverson; Dawn (Mark) Troutman; brothers, Bruce (Charmain) Darvial, Lee (Linda) Darvial ; a son, Mick (Robin Swanson) their children, Hope and Alex; a close friend and fishing partner, Rod Davis. Included are many nieces and nephews as well.
Memorial Services will be held at 12 PM on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at the Williamson-White Funeral Home, 222 Harriman Avenue North with Pastor Tim Bjorge officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 – 12 PM on Saturday at the Funeral Home. Military honors will take place outside the funeral home following the service.
There will be a luncheon and celebration of life following the services at the Darvial residence located at 513 95th St. Amery.
To sign an online guest book and view a video tribute please visit www.williamsonwhite.com
Arrangements were entrusted to the Williamson-White Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 222 Harriman Avenue North Amery, Wisconsin 54001.