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Darlene L. Riley

Darlene passed away Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo.

She was born June 8, 1964 in Plainwell, the daughter of Leonard and Sandra (Cam) Riley. Darlene worked at KDR Trucking for several years. She was an animal lover and enjoyed shopping, flower gardening and auto racing.

Surviving are her siblings, Anthony (Byllie) Riley of Delton and Sherri Riley of Gobles; half-brother, Duane Evink of Grand Haven; 2 step-daughters, McKenzie Griffith and Riley Griffith; 2 step-brothers, Donald Evink and Dean (Amy) Evink both of Allegan and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; step-father, Elmer Evink and step-sister, Marlene Dell.

Friends may visit with Darlene’s family from 5-7PM, Monday, January 18, 2021 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

Cremation will follow.

Burial of ashes will take place at Mountain Home Cemetery at a later time.

In accordance with Covid -19 guidelines a limit of 25 people at a time will be allowed and masks and social distancing will be required.

Contributions in memory of Darlene may be made to the Humane Society or Pet Rescue of choice.

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Carolyn Bennett

January 15, 2021 at 1:31 pm

Darlene was a great lady. I had the pleasure of working with her at Gertsen Trucking. She always had to listen and help when you needed her. She spoke constantly about her step-daughters. May she rest in peace.


Doug & Cathy Davis

January 15, 2021 at 2:55 pm

So very sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family.


Pam Try

January 15, 2021 at 3:15 pm

My thoughts and Prayers go out to Dar’s entire family.

What a shock to hear of Dar’s passing.

Dar was a very dear friend. She had a heart of gold.

I love and will miss you my friend.


Amber Try-Hall

January 15, 2021 at 3:45 pm

I’m so saddened by this news. Dar always greeted me with a hug and smile in my adult years and although I only saw her maybe once a year now, she will be missed!


LaRayne Sweet

January 15, 2021 at 3:58 pm

I am so sorry to hear the passing of Darlene, I have great childhood/teenage memories I will cherish. Sending my love and prayers to you all


Dawn Jones

January 15, 2021 at 6:05 pm

Uncle Tony,Aunt Byllie and family, So sorry for your loss. We are lifting your family up in our prayers.

With all our love Keith and Dawn Jones


Naomi holly

January 15, 2021 at 11:57 pm

So very sorry for the family’s loss. She will be greatly missed



January 16, 2021 at 12:08 am

Where to begin…I worked beside you for over 10 yrs. You did everything for me…I can’t believe I’m going to look over at your desk and you not be there. Such a wonderful person. Always willing to help anyone. She had a hesrt of gold and special place in her heart for her daughters! Always was talking about them. My heart and prayers go out to all her family. You will be missed Darlene!


J. Osman

January 16, 2021 at 7:17 am

My heart aches and tears flow knowing that you aren’t here anymore. You were such a pillar of goodness and kindness. Thank you for being McKenzie’s bonus Mom aka “Momma Dar”; you helped shaped her into a strong and thought girl that she is today. Until we meet again, RIP “Momma Dar”.


Janene Fitzpatrick

January 16, 2021 at 7:35 am

LOVE and Prayers to Darlene’s family.


Tammy Fuseek

January 16, 2021 at 8:49 am

So very very sorry for your loss. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.


Ruth Simonds

January 16, 2021 at 9:31 am

So sorry for your loss sending lots of love hugs prayers to your family



January 16, 2021 at 12:46 pm

We all will miss her at work she was a great person and friend would do anything for you praying for the family


Donna Williams

January 17, 2021 at 12:35 pm

Tony & Billie my heart goes out to you. Hugs hoping you have many great memories to look back on. Aunt Pat’s daughter– Sandy & Corkys niece



January 18, 2021 at 10:07 am

Sending condolences to all of Darlene’s family… I only worked with Darlene for a short time and already saw what a smart, kind, hard-working, and fun person she was. She will be missed!


Tom Gilmer

January 18, 2021 at 10:57 am

Fresh out of college I was hired to teach 3rd grade in Otsego in 1973 at Allegan Street Elementary School. My room was located on the playground side, and I was busy working to set things up in August. My windows were open and a cute little girl rode up on her bike, stuck her head in the window and started talking. “Was I Mr. Gilmer?” she asked . She told me she would be in my class, introduced herself, offered to help me, and came in to do so. Pretty much every day I was working before school started she showed up and helped out. That little girl was Darlene, and she would become the first Otsego student I ever met during my 32 year teaching career in Otsego. She was kind, she was funny, and she was enthusiastic. We had a good year together, and the memory of those first meetings are very good. I am sorry to read that she passed away so young. My sympathies to the family.


Janet & Don Richcreek

January 18, 2021 at 11:39 am

I did not know Darlene very well only meant her a few times at my niece Kim’s home but she was Very Nice to My Husband & Myself. My Niece Kim Meeker Absolutely Loved that Woman & My Great Niece Kenzie, Well like they said Dar was her 2 Mama. There Hearts are Broken. Darlene You Were So Loved, Rest In Peace. So Very Sorry For Everyone’s Loss


Barb Wine

January 19, 2021 at 10:27 am

The obit didn’t mention but she also worked at Burnham & Flower for almost two years, while still working at the trucking company. I don’t know how she ever got any sleep. She was a great person to work with and will be missed greatly. We had fun finding new connections in our small world like the fact that my Aunt Deb was her cousin. And that my cousins new daughter in law was related to Darlene also. My condolences to all of her family and friends.


John Tuka

January 20, 2021 at 1:03 pm

My sincerest condolences for your families loss.


John Tuka

January 20, 2021 at 1:05 pm

My sincerest condolences for your families loss. She was a fun person and a great sister in law.


Beverly Holmes

January 20, 2021 at 6:23 pm

So very sad to hear this news about my cousin Darlene. Wishing her siblings and immediate family my condolences. I remember sewing Barbie doll clothes for Darlene when I babysat for her many, many years ago.


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