Russell H. "Buss" Darley, 92, of Vermilion Township passed away Saturday morning, Feb. 20, 2010, in Firelands Regional Medical Center Main Campus.
He was born Feb. 10, 1918, in Brownhelm, Ohio, and lived in Mitiwanga for the past 65 years. He graduated from Vermilion High School and attended Miami University until leaving to join the Army Air Corps during World War II. He became a captain and was a pilot of a B-24 Bomber, flying 35 missions over the Central-Pacific Theater.
He worked many years at Kishman Fish Co. in Vermilion and was an expert fish filleter. He retired from ITT Wakefield in 1983 after 31 years. He worked as a general foreman of shipping.
Buss was a member of AMVETS Post 22, American Legion Post 397, and VFW Post 7576. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, and following sports, especially Ohio State football. He also played every sport during his school days and was a member of the Miami University football team. He had a great voice and loved singing barbershop with his father-in-law and brother-in-law, Roy and Bob Kennedy.
Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Marsha and Terry Howk of Huron; son, Hugh Darley of Miramar Beach, Fla.; four grandson, Mike Knittle, Matt Knittle, Hugh Darley II and David Howk; three granddaughters, Stacy Darley, Lyndsay Darley and Linda Howk; nine great-grandchildren; two nephews; one niece; and his very special love, his beagle Tippy.
He was preceded in death by his wife of almost 53 years, Dorothy (Kennedy) Darley in 1998; parents, Phillip and Augusta (Leidheiser) Darley; and his brother Myron.
Memorial Services will be at a later date.
Condolences may be shared at riddlefuneralhome.com. Riddle Funeral Home, Vermilion, is handling arrangements.