December 19, 1946 – August 31, 2014
Darrell Wayne Trampel was born on December 19, 1946 to Harmen and Eula (Veenstra) Trampel. He grew up on a farm in the Meservey/Thornton area of northern Iowa with his older brother, Larry, and younger sisters, Janice and Linda. Darrell enjoyed farm life, but God had other plans for him. In 1974, he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University and began working at a small animal hospital in Bloomington, Minnesota. One cold November evening in the parking lot of that clinic, a young lady brought her sick kitty in for treatment. The cat had distemper and did not survive, but since Darrell’s motto was to keep the clients happy, he married the young lady, Christine Carey, on September 6, 1975!
Once married to Christine, Darrell found the afterhours work of a veterinarian to be less enjoyable. So he and Christine moved to Athens, Georgia where Darrell earned his PhD as a veterinary pathologist. Son, Christopher, was born in Georgia and daughter, Rebecca, in Columbia, Missouri. In 1982, the family moved to Ames, Iowa and Darrell continued his career in veterinary pathology at Iowa State University specializing in poultry diseases.
Darrell found his 32 years of work at ISU rewarding and he was a gifted diagnostician. In his spare time, he enjoyed gardening, reading, walking, biking and bird watching. However, his heart was always to be found in his roles as a husband, dad and grandpa. Darrell leaves behind the legacy of a man who worked hard at his job and was fiercely devoted to his family.
Darrell left this earthly life unexpectedly on August 31, 2014 from the house that he and Christine called home for 32 years. His eyes closed on this physical life and opened to see the eternal spiritual life that he had received years ago as a child. Jesus said in John 11:25, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies.”
Darrell leaves behind the family that he loved so much, Christine, his wife of 39 years; his son, Christopher (Mary) Trampel; his daughter, Rebecca (Brian) Eness; and grandchildren, Lenora, Liam and Winston Trampel and Elliana Eness. Darrell was preceded in death by his parents, Harmen and Eula Trampel; and an infant daughter.
Memorials in honor of Darrell may be directed to CrossRoad Baptist Church or the Ames Emergency Residence Project, both of Ames.Information provided by: Adams Funeral Homes 502 Douglas Avenue Ames, IA 50010 515.232.5121 www.adamssoderstrum.com