Darrel Neil Espevold
Darrel Espevold was born in Casper, Wyo., the second child of Ruth Laura Bilyue and Nils Espevold Sr. His father immigrated from Stravanger, Norway.Darrel lived in Casper as a boy, and told stories of performing his paper route on his bicycle in snowy, freezing weather with the tires getting stuck in the snow. As a young man, Darrel enjoyed playing his guitar and singing.At 16 years of age, Darrel began an intense study of the Bible, an education that would continue his whole life. He dedicated his life to serving his God, Jehovah, in December of 1947. Darrel shared his extensive knowledge and understanding of the bible with many people in his ministry as a Jehovah’s Witness. As a young man, he devoted many years to his ministry, serving in the full-time preaching work. Darrel will be remembered for his wonderful public speaking ability. Darrel had a profound love for animals, focusing on his cats, Willie, Simba and Rosie. His love and support for the preservation and safety of large wild cats was obvious to those who knew him.Darrel also lived in Boulder, where he was a painter-wallpaper hanger. He lived for a time in Fort Collins, where he owned and operated a gas station. From there he moved to San Diego, where he returned to his trade as a painter-wallpaper hanger and worked with his brother, Nils Jr. Darrel stayed in California until after the death of his parents. He moved to Glenwood Springs in the fall of 1994 and continued his career as a painter-wallpaper hanger with his brother, Nils.Though Darrel married twice, he had no children. After moving to Glenwood Springs, Darrel spent considerable time with his brother and his two nieces, Lynette Danner and Stacia DeLaPaz.For the past year, Darrel battled numerous health issues, and lost his fight on Wednesday, Jan. 12. Darrel was dearly loved by so many, and will be greatly missed.Darrel is survived by his brother, Nils Espevold and his wife, Celia, of Glenwood Springs; and sister Ruth Darlene Barefoot and her husband, Clark, of Las Vegas. He is also survived by nieces Penelope Alice Neri and husband, Randy, and Marcia Ray Hoffman and husband, Jeff, all of Aurora; Lynette Michele Danner and husband, Tim, and Stacia Ilene DeLaPaz and husband Manual, all of Glenwood Springs. Surviving nephews are Derek Clark Barefoot and his wife, May, and Ross Anson Barefoot and his wife, Tina, all of Grand Junction. Darrel is also survived by 17 grand-nieces and grand-nephews.A memorial Service will be 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 17, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness, located on Airport Road, Glenwood Springs.
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