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“jim and extended family so sorry about the loss of your father sincerly, chad altstatt ”
1 of 18 | Posted by: chad altstatt - fargo, ND

“We are sorry about the passing of Darrel. Scott and I send our thoughts and prayers to you all. Jackie and Scott Jagodzinski (Jackie...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: Jackie Muellenbach Jagodzinski - MN

“Dear Marlene and family, Roger and I were so sad to hear of Darrell's passing. I wish that we could have got together more often. We have good...Read More »
3 of 18 | Posted by: Roger and Shari Krause - MN

“Marlene and family. We just learned of Darrell's death. We are so sorry to hear of his passing. We considered Darrell and his family good...Read More »
4 of 18 | Posted by: Bob & Myrna Muellenbach - Chaska, MN

“My prayers are with you during this difficult time. ”
5 of 18 | Posted by: leone lenzmeier medenwaldt - CA

“My deepest sympathies during this difficult time. ”
6 of 18 | Posted by: Rollie Lipp - Breckenridge, MN

“Our sincerest sympathies are with you, Marlene,Darby,Tim and Jim. Darrell was such a great guy and will be missed by all who called him "friend". ...Read More »
7 of 18 | Posted by: Howie and Nita Steen - AR

“David, Darby, John and Michael, We know it has been very hard for you lately. We too are very saddened by the passing of Darrell. What a wonderful...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: Steve and Julia Fernandez - AZ

“My sincerest condolences to your family during this time of grief. My the Lord shine his grace down on you and give you peace. Craig & Juli Mauch ”
9 of 18 | Posted by: Juli & Craig Mauch - Barney, ND

“My thoughts and prayers are with you Marlene and your family. Darrell was a great guy and will be dearly missed. He always had time to say hello...Read More »
10 of 18 | Posted by: Ellyn Thompson - Rogers, AR

“Marlene & family, Darrell and I had a great time over the years hunting in MT. He will be missed. Thoughts and prayers are with you all. ”
11 of 18 | Posted by: Clancy & Peg DeBoever - Destin, FL

“Darby & David Caspers, our sympathies to you and your family. ”
12 of 18 | Posted by: Dick and Julie Caspers - Dallas, TX

“Our Thoughts and Prayers are with the Gast family in this time of sorrow. I remember playing with Darrel when we were young kids! I didn't realize...Read More »
13 of 18 | Posted by: Don & LouAnn Bohn - Forest Lake, MN

“My thoughts and prayers go out to Marlene, Darby, Tim, Jim and the rest of the Gast Family on the loss of Darrell. May God bless you all. ”
14 of 18 | Posted by: Steve Paur

“Marlene and Family, You are in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this time of sorrow. May God give you strength and courage to carry on. ”
15 of 18 | Posted by: Karen Barton - White Bear, MN

“My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Gast family. There is no doubt Darrell had an impact on the entire town of Wahpeton and was a great man....Read More »
16 of 18 | Posted by: Brett Bruvold - St Cloud, MN

“We are so sorry for your loss, Marlene. Your children probably don't remember us when we lived on the same block when our kids were little. Darrell...Read More »
17 of 18 | Posted by: Monica and Bill Stutsman - Vergas, MN

“Marlene & family, So sorry to hear of the passing of cousin Darrell. It was good to see both of you last August at Mom's service. I can't get over...Read More »
18 of 18 | Posted by: Gail (Olson) Lynch - Dunn Center, ND


Darrell Gast of Wahpeton, passed away peacefully Monday, April 16 at the St. Francis Healthcare Campus surrounded by his loving family. He went to the Lord after a long struggle with liver disease. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, April 20, 2012 at 10:30 A.M. at St. John's Catholic Church, Wahpeton, ND with Rev. Dale F. Lagodinski officiating. Visitation will be on Thursday at St. John's Church from 4:00-7:00 P.M. with a 7:00 P.M. Prayer Service. There will also be visitation at the church Friday morning from 9:30-10:30 A.M. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery, Wahpeton, ND. He was born in Wahpeton, ND to Herbert and Alice (Thiel) Gast September 9th, 1936. After a cross country motorcycle trip at the age of 16, he came back to Wahpeton to begin working with his father at their construction company, Gast Construction. Darrell married Marlene Strom on November 19th, 1955 in Wahpeton, where they lived and raised three children. Darrell continued to work in the construction industry for 60 years building his business. As the company grew, his two sons went into business with him and they eventually expanded the business in Wahpeton and Fargo. For decades, he enjoyed a special annual ritual where he and his best friends, in manly fashion, would set off on a hunting trip to Montana. His trips were filled with adventures that always provided great stories. Over the years, he enjoyed watching his family grow. He was proud of his children, and especially loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He enjoyed attending their sporting events, encouraging them in all their endeavors and watching the oldest ones graduate from high school and college. He loved spending his winters in Mesa, Arizona and his summer weekends at Ottertail Lake. There is nothing he enjoyed more than when he was surrounded by family at the lake and everyone had a grandpa-assigned project. Darrell had a good heart and those who knew him always enjoyed not only his advice, but his friendship and laughter. Darrell was a lifelong member of St. John's Catholic Church, Wahpeton. He was active in the community, belonging to several organizations. Surviving Darrell is his devoted wife of 56 years Marlene, Wahpeton; his three children: Darby (David) Casper, Wahpeton; Tim (Therese) Gast, Breckenridge, MN; and Jim (Melanie) Gast, West Fargo; six grandchildren: Jon, Matt, Michael, Mason, Mollie, and Carson; great-grandchildren Jackson and Bentley; two sisters, Ila Leinen, Wahpeton; Janelle (Roger) Ehrman, Arvada, CO; and many nieces and nephews. Darrell is preceded in death by parents, Herb and Alice, his sister Sharon Wateland and husband Kermit, and his brother-in-law Ray Leinen. Memorials are preferred to St. John's Catholic Church or School.

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