Darrell Duane Hornseth, 94, died September 11, 2020, at his home in Rochester, Minnesota.
Darrell was born on September 12, 1925, at St. Mary’s Hospital, in Rochester, Minnesota. He was the oldest of three children born to Dorothy and William Hornseth. He had a younger brother Harris, and a sister who had been “still born”. The family of four resided on 8th Avenue in southeast Rochester. Darrell had an enjoyable childhood, with many neighborhood friends. At an early age, he took an interest in everything mechanical, but especially engines and cars. He and a friend bought a car together as soon as they both could legally drive. It was the first of several cars he owned through his teen years. At age 18, Darrell joined the US Navy. He went to diesel engine school, and was assigned as a Motor Mechanist Mate on the USS Crescent City, where he served on board an LCVP (Higgins boat). Darrell participated in four major invasions while in the Pacific War. (Guam, Pelilieu, Leyte, and Okinawa) After World War II, Darrell returned to Rochester where he married Dorothy Nelson, got a job with the Rochester Power Utility, and began his life as a husband and father. Darrell and Dorothy remained in Rochester, and had five children. Over the years, Darrell’s career and education with the power utility steadily advanced. He had begun in the lowest position of “Helper”. At his retirement, nearly 40 years later, he ended his career as Supervisor of Power Production for the City of Rochester. In 1984, Darrell’s wife Dorothy died from ALS. They had been married for 38 years. In the years that followed, Darrell began a significant relationship with Kerry Lindahl. The two traveled frequently to many locations around the country, though some of his favorites were the gulf beaches in Alabama and Florida. He and Kerry remained close until his death. Darrell maintained his interest in everything mechanical for his entire life. He earned and enjoyed an Amateur Radio License (K0AIJ) for a short while. He also fulfilled a life long dream when he purchased a lake cabin in northern Wisconsin. In his later years, Darrell stayed closer to Rochester, where he thoroughly enjoyed reading novels and visiting with his family. His children and grand children became the highlight of his life.
Darrell was proceeded in death by his parents, Dorothy and William Hornseth, his brother Harris Hornseth, and his wife Dorothy Nelson Hornseth. He is survived by his five children and their spouses: Terry Hornseth (Marilyn), Ron Hornseth (Cindy), Denny Hornseth (Nancy), Jane Hornseth Kittleson (Scott), and Steve Hornseth (Kathy) He is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.
Darrell’s body has been donated Mayo Medical Research. There will be no reviewal nor services. The family will gather for a private memorial service at a future date. The family also requests no memorial donations.
Darrell lived his greatest honor. He was a wonderful father, and a gentleman to all who knew him.