He was born Nov. 16, 1948, at Fort Scott, Kan., the son of Ellis Lee Beth and Catherine Costen Beth.
Darrel graduated from the Fulton High School.
He later served with the United States Army during the Vietnam War.
He married Sandra Black on March 1, 1969, at Prescott, Kan.
Darrel was a life member of the V. F. W. and also a member of the Fort Scott Elks Lodge.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, sports of all kinds and especially flying his airplane.
Survivors include his wife, Sandra, of the home; a son, Clifton E. Beth and wife, Whitney; a daughter, Shana Emerson and husband, Mike, all of Fort Scott; five grandchildren, Cali Beth Emerson, Ella Carrington Beth, Nicholas Lee Emerson, Carter Ellis Beth, and Austin Ty Emerson.
Also surviving are his parents, Ellis Lee and Catherine Beth of Fort Scott; two sisters, Marilyn Sipe and husband, John, Fort Scott; and Marsha Bell and husband, Doug, Coffeyville, Kan.; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Kay and Carmita Black, Prescott, Kan.; and his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ken Lee and Robin Black of Fulton, Kan.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Cathy Lee Beth.
Rev. Joe Perkins and Rev. Chuck Russell will conduct funeral services at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010, at the Fulton Community Center.
Burial will follow in the West Liberty Cemetery.
Services are under the direction of the Cheney Witt Chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sharing Bucket or the Neuropathy Association and left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, Kan., 66701.
Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at www.cheneywitt.com.