Darrell Lee Thayer, 78, of Creswell, Ore. passed away May 25, 2022. Darrell was born March 16, 1944, in Eugene, Ore. to parents Delbert and Mable (Hunter) Thayer. 

He graduated from Creswell High School in 1962 and he served in the United States Army from 1969-70 in Vietnam where he was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star Medal, Good Conduct Medal and Vietnam Service Medal with three Bronze Service Stars. 

After the military, he married Geraldine June Kasper, and he worked at Willamette Poultry, Fircrest, and Foster Farms, retiring after 30 years. Darrell enjoyed stock car racing, wood working and spending time with his family. 

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Geraldine of Creswell; daughter Debra Wright of Creswell; daughter Teresa Adams (Ric) of Cottage Grove, Ore.; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Darrell is preceded in death by his son Gregory, sister Glenda and brother Roy. 

Private family interment will be held at Creswell Pioneer Cemetery. Arrangements by Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel and Crematorium.