Obituary: Steven Darknell, 74, of Ludington

August 9, 2023

Obituary: Steven Darknell, 74, of Ludington

Steven Robert Darknell, 74, of Ludington, passed away on Saturday, July 1, 2023.

Steve was born on April 17, 1949, in Reed City, the son of the late Samuel J. and Julia (Komar) Darknell. He resided in Baldwin and graduated from Baldwin High School. 

Steve served in the U.S. Army from June 1, 1968, to June 1, 1970. He did basic training in Fort Riley, Kansas, and one tour in Germany. Upon his discharge Steve would move back to Ludington where he met the love of his life, Mary Haynes. They took care of each other for 35 years until Mary’s passing in 2017. 

Steve loved spending time with family, taking care of his dogs, and his weekly trips to the casino with his best friend, Bob Cornett. Steve also enjoyed trapping and working in the woods, cutting trees. Although Steve had no biological children, he was a father figure to Curtis and several of his friends. Taking them camping, hunting, and fishing.  

Steve is survived by his sister, Darlene (Duwayne) Fuller of Manistee; stepsons, Curtis (Katy) Haynes and their children, of Pentwater, and Claude (Kim) Haynes of Free Soil; sister-in-law, Kay Darknell of Baldwin; several nieces and nephews; close family friend and caregiver, Lynda Schippers and her daughter Anna Marr. 

In addition to his parents, Steve was preceded in death by his partner of 35 years, Mary Haynes; brothers, William Darknell, David Darknell and George Darknell; sister, Marlene Houseworth; niece, Teresa McGuire; and nephews, Tracy Darknell and Timothy Darknell. 

A celebration of Steve’s life will be held in September at the home of Curtis and Katy Haynes, in Pentwater. 

Arrangements were entrusted to Oak Grove Funeral Home of Ludington, 

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