Daryl Staley (June 22, 1945 - November 09, 2023)

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Daryl Staley
  • June 22, 1945
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  • November 09, 2023

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Daryl Lee Staley, of Ft. Myers, FL, was called home on November 9th at the age of 78. He was born to Jean
(Hurst) and Stanley Staley on June 22, 1945, in Greencastle, Indiana.
Daryl was a 1963 graduate of Cloverdale High School. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in
History Education from Indiana State University. Upon graduation, he began teaching 8th grade U.S. History at
Owen Valley Middle School in Spencer, IN, where he would spend the following 40 years teaching, coaching,
and inspiring students. It is also where we would meet the love of his life, Darla, whom he married on July 22,
1986.

After retiring and leaving their farm in Quincy, IN., Daryl and Darla enjoyed traveling and visiting many
countries. You would always find Daryl and Darla together. It didn’t matter whether they were traveling the
world or simply on a boat fishing in the back bay of Fort Myers Beach; Daryl and Darla just loved to spend time
together. Their relationship is a testament to what true love is. While Daryl will be greatly missed, he is
ever-present in the lives of those who love him.

Daryl was an avid sports fan, often thought of as a sports encyclopedia by his friends. He could rattle off nearly
every statistic about his teams: Dallas Cowboys, Indianapolis Colts, San Antonio Spurs, and Purdue. He
brought this love of sports into the classroom and the hearts of his middle school students by coaching
numerous boy’s basketball teams. He was even one of the inaugural coaches for the Owen Valley Football
Program.
Daryl served his country in the Indiana Army National Guard.

Daryl is survived by his loving wife, Darla: sisters-in-law Pam Staley of Plainfield, IN and LeVona Anderson
(Bill) of Round Rock, TX; nephew Jeff Staley (Jaime) of Mokena, IL; Nieces Mindy Smith (Brett) of Plainfield,
IN, Katie Anderson of Round Rock TX, Shawna Marks (Nick) of Canyon TX, and Ashey Bowers (Chris) of
Round Rock TX, and many cherished and loving great nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in
death by his father, mother, and brother Gary Staley.

Daryl will be memorialized as part of a living legacy in the Eternal Reef off the coast of Sarasota, FL in June
2024 and a Celebration of Life at Ft. Myers Beach.

Memorials may be sent to: Michael J Fox Parkinson’s Foundation, the Davis Phinney Foundation for
Parkinson’s, or Cape Coral FL Animal Shelter.


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  1. SHERRIE SANDY says:
    19 Nov 2023
    Darla, no one can say they know what you are going through right now. I hope there is comfort in knowing others share your sadness and care about you so much. Daryl will always be remembered as a dear friend and
    I ask God to comfort you. I have many years of good memories with the both of you.

  2. Gina Boyd says:
    15 Nov 2023
    I'm so sorry for your loss, Darla. Daryl was my 7th and 8th-grade social studies teacher. He was wonderful. My dad used to talk about what a good time they had in the Guards together. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  3. Laura Grogan says:
    14 Nov 2023
    I’m so sorry for your loss. You’ve been on my mind a lot over the years. I’ll be keeping you there now, hoping that your heart heals quickly so that you may only have happiness when remembering your adventures together.

    Much love,

    Laura (Kean) Grogan

  4. Shannon Vincent lit a candle:
    14 Nov 2023
    Lit since November 14, 2023 at 11:24:51 PM

  5. Tom Wallace says:
    14 Nov 2023
    Mr. Staley was my 7th grade basketball coach. He was always patient and kind. Coach, Rest In Peace and thank you for your part in raising me

  6. Rhonda (Bault) Williams says:
    14 Nov 2023
    Thoughts and prayers are with the family. I have great memories of Mr. Staleys class in Middle School! So sorry for your loss, Darla

  7. Denise Shields says:
    13 Nov 2023
    So sorry to hear of Daryl’s passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  8. Sheila Newton says:
    13 Nov 2023
    Mr. Staley was a great teacher! I always enjoyed his history class. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with Mrs. Staley now and always.

  9. Judy Tucker says:
    13 Nov 2023
    Praying for you at this time of loss and also remembering some good times we have shared.

  10. Myrna Fields says:
    13 Nov 2023
    You've been in my thoughts, dear friend. I am so sorry for your loss. Wish I could be there. Love, Myrna

  11. Janet Inman says:
    13 Nov 2023
    Darla,
    I am so sorry to hear of Daryl’s passing. I pray all your memories will help ease the pain. I have such great memories of you and hope you are doing ok.

    Love,

    Janet (McBride) Inman

  12. Judy (Malicoat) Light Lester says:
    13 Nov 2023
    Darla,
    So sorry to learn of Daryl’s passing. So many good memories of working with you both. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

  13. Elaina (Kelley) Ranard says:
    13 Nov 2023
    So sorry to hear of Mr. Staley's passing. I remember both of you from middle school very well. In fact, my favorite memory from middle school is from Mr. Staley's class. I won't share details here, but I will say...those were the best demerits I ever earned. Memories of that day at school always make me laugh. Hopefully Mr. Staley laughed, too. You will be in my thoughts and prayers at this time of loss.

  14. Jeff Sherfield says:
    13 Nov 2023
    One of the many good guys at OV, Terry, Lew, and Daryl. Lots of fun stories with that crew. Thinking of you Darla.

  15. Marilyn Newman Gress says:
    13 Nov 2023
    Darla,

    You and Daryl were always so sweet and kind to me during my time teaching at OVMS. I hold fond memories of both of you and especially Daryl’s sense of humor.

    I’m praying for your strength at this time in your life. May God envelope you in his arms and bring you comfort. It’s hard, so extremely hard, but know you are not alone.

    My love,
    Marilyn Krohn Newman Gress

  16. Martha Croft says:
    13 Nov 2023
    Dear Darla, Sending prayers and warmest thoughts!
    Martha

  17. Sheila Withem says:
    13 Nov 2023
    Darla, So very sorry to hear about Daryl’s passing!! Prayers for a peace that only comes from God!

  18. Beth Sewell says:
    13 Nov 2023
    Darla, I am so very sorry to hear of Daryl's passing. I have such fond memories of both of you as my teachers, and then co-workers! I will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

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