Darrell Wayne McCoy

Born: Wed., Aug. 17, 1938
Died: Sun., Apr. 12, 2020


Celebration of Life

11:00 AM Sat., May 23, 2020
Location: Episcopal Church of the Redeemer


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Darrell Wayne McCoy, 81 of Pendleton passed peacefully at home Easter morning, April 12, 2020.  He was born August 17, 1938 to Lillian and Robert McCoy in Pendleton.  He graduated from Pendleton High School in 1956.  He graduated in 1958 from Oregon Technical Institute in Klamath Falls with a degree in welding.  

He married May Wagner in 1957 in Pendleton.  Born to this union was Robin, Jess,and Lori.  Darrell was an excellent welder, and helped build the Space Needle in Seattle, and welded for Boeing while living in King County WA.  He returned to Pendleton in 1968 to operate the W. G. Miller farm on which he was raised.  He was a 4-H leader, school bus driver, and welding instructor at BMCC.  He loved mentoring youth in livestock, farming or welding projects.  He was named an Honorary Chapter Farmer in the Pendleton FFA Chapter.

In 1975, he married Kathleen Herrett. They enjoyed hunting and fishing together for 45 years.  He is survived by his wife, Kathy, his 3 children Robin (Steve) Skillman,Jess (Gina) McCoy, Lori (Mark) Harrison, granddaughter, Nikki (Morgan) West, grandson, William Harrison and great granddaughter, Tara West. He has numerous nieces and nephews who will also miss him.  

He was predeceased by his parents Robert McCoy, William Miller, his step-father who raised him, and his mother Lillian Miller and infant daughter Wanda Lilora McCoy.  

The celebration of life for Darrell is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, May 23, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Pendleton.  A meal will follow the celebration.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his name can be made to the Pendleton FFA Chapter or Vange John Memorial Hospice in care of Pendleton Pioneer Chapel, 131 SE Byers Ave., Pendleton, OR 97801.

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Toni A Emerson
   Posted Tue April 14, 2020
Lori, sorry to hear of your dad's passing.

Ted Biddle
   Posted Wed April 15, 2020
Sorry for your loss.
May he forever be at Peace

LARRY HERSEY
   Posted Wed April 15, 2020
I have a deep regard and respect for Darrell!! He helped me become a skilled welder and he was a very excellent instructor of welding at Blue Mountain C/C!! Through his instructions and guidance I welded hundreds of Harris Pines automotive equipment that reached all over the United States at that time!! When I became the Corporate Automotive manager I encouraged all my shop people to take his classes and he helped every one of them!!
I am deeply saddened at his loss and please remember what a fine person he was and that he helped so many along the way--I sure was one of them!!God bless Robin and all his family!!

Sue Gillespie
   Posted Thu April 16, 2020
So sorry for your loss, Lori. I had no idea he was a welder too! Beautiful obituary for a special man and father.

Scott Sullivan
   Posted Thu April 16, 2020
So sorry to hear of Darrell's passing you are all in our prayers.

Deborah Barker Lee
   Posted Thu April 23, 2020
Dear Robin, Lori and Jess, I just want to say how sorry I am about your Dad. What a guy. There wasn't anything he wouldn't do for any of you or friends who needed a helping hand.
He was so involved in the 4-H Club program and I know his influence in all that you did made you the adults you are today. I really enjoyed your family and your Dad! Debbie Lee

Roslyn Quinn Pedro
   Posted Mon April 27, 2020
To the McCoy family (Robin, Jess, Lori) I just want you all to know how much you dad did for all of us back in the day. We knew we could always count on him and your mom. I know how much both of my parents enjoyed his company. He has touched a lot of people thru his life, and will be missed. May god bless you all during this difficult time. Roslyn Quinn Pedro

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