Daryl David Watson, age 70, of York, NE died, Monday, July 31, 2017 at York with his family by his side. Daryl was born December 2, 1946 to David Issac, and Irma Mercedes (Kohn) Watson in York. He was baptized April 6, 1947. Daryl grew up on the family farm southwest of Benedict, NE and lived there until his passing. He attended school at Benedict Consolidated and graduated in 1965. He joined the Air Guards in Lincoln from 1965-1971, and served as a fireman for the guards.
On September 21, 1969 he married Linda Rathje, and to this union 3 children were born: Stacy Lyn (Watson) Pieper, Kirt David, and Adam Arthur Watson.
He worked at Safeway stores until it closed. He then farmed, and especially enjoyed it, until his health required him to quit. He was a custodian for York Public Schools and held a part time job for CVA.
He loved attending his grandchildren’s activities and always bragged about his family. He always had a sense of humor and loved to laugh and play cards.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Watson, of Benedict, daughter Stacy (Jon) Pieper, of York, sons, Kirt (Mykelin) Watson, of Giltner, NE, and Adam Watson, of York. Daryl is also survived by his grandchildren: Katilyn and Shelbi Pieper of York, Karter and Sydni Watson, of Giltner, his brother Harry (Mary) Watson, of Lincoln, sister, Judy Hewitt, of Oregon, brother-in-law, Randy (Deb) Conard, of York, Aunt, Jo Bittinger, of Benedict, along with many nieces, nephews, cousins, and a huge host of friends.
Daryl is preceded in death by his parents, brother-in-law, Ken Hewitt, and parents-in-law, Elmer (LaVon) Rathje, infant brother-in-law, Terry Rathje.
Funeral services were held 10:00 am, Friday, August 4, 2017 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in York, with the Reverend Mike Neidow officiating. Burial followed at the Greenwood Cemetery in York with full military honors. Memorials may be directed to the family for later designation.
Condolences may be emailed to Metz Mortuary Messages will be given to the family.