Wayne E. "Sonny" Darkes, Sr., 80, of Lebanon, died on Thursday, July 14, 2016 at StoneRidge Retirement.
He was born on Sunday, July 28, 1935 to the late Wayne Darkes and Mary M. Darkes nee Houtz in Lebanon. He worked as a sheet metal worker and was a veteran of the Air Force in the Korean Conflict. Sonny was involved with the American Legion, fast pitch softball (city, county and industrial) through 1968-1985. He also coached midget football and baseball. Sonny also enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and spending time with his family.
Surviving are wife Nadine E. Darkes nee Rhoades; children Wayne E. Darkes, Jr., Kerry L. Darkes, William Joe Darkes, Wallace J. Turner, April Eastwood, Cindy Carter; 19 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by son Roger Darkes; daughter April M. Kirkwood; grandson Joshua Eastwood; brother Kenneth Darkes; sister Thelma Walmer.
Viewing will be on Monday, July 18, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM at Christman's Funeral Home, Inc., 226 Cumberland Street, Lebanon.
Funeral services will be on Monday, July 18, 2016 at 1:00 PM at the funeral home.
Burial will be at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, with full military honors, following the service.
Memorial contributions may be made to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 3 International Drive Suite 200, Rye Brook, NY 10573 or Children's Miracle Network, 90 Hope Drive #1103, Hershey PA 17033.
For more information, to order flowers, or to send messages of condolence, please visit www.christmansfuneralhome.com