Robert Darnall

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Funeral services for Robert Darnall, 85 year old former Chester, Montana resident who passed away Tuesday morning at the Pioneer Manor in Gillette, Wyoming will be held Monday, February 22 at 10:00 a.m. from the Harness Funeral Home Chapel in Buffalo, with Mike Leibee officiating. Visitation will be at the funeral home chapel on Sunday the 21st, from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Donations in Mr. Darnall’s memory may be made to the Liberty County Senior Center in Chester, Montana in care of the Harness Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo. Online condolences may be made at
Robert Dean Darnall was born on February 19, 1930 in Fort Laramie, Wyoming to Glenn and Bessie Darnall. He grew up and went to school in Fort Laramie and graduated from Fort Laramie High School with the class of 1949. After high school Robert went to work for the Wyoming Gas Company in Lusk. He was married on August 4, 1950 in Midwest, Wyoming to Zola Lamb and they made their home in Lusk. In 1954 he was transferred to New Castle where they lived until 1965 when he was transferred to Chester, Montana. He was divorced in 1967 and was transferred to Great Falls, Montana. He was married in 1971 in Great Falls to Ethel Keith and they made they made their home in Great Falls. Robert and Ethel operated motels in various towns in Montana, California and Washington for several years. They moved back to Chester where Robert worked at The Lodge Retirement Home as a maintenance man for several years. Ethel passed away in July of 2005 and Robert continued living in Chester until ill health forced him to move to the Pioneer Manor in Gillette in September of 2015, where he lived until his death. Robert loved playing cards and was very good at Pinochle and Cribbage.
He is survived by two daughters, Vicky Gearhart of Buffalo and Rhonda Jay of Waldorf, Maryland; five step-sons, Rodney Keith of Chester, David, Donald, and Calvin Keith all of Great Falls, Montana and Kelly Keith of Twenty-nine Palms, California; one brother Lloyd Darnall of Gillette, Wyoming; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and numerous step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, one brother and one step-son, James Keith.