Darrell Urban

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Darrell Urban, 76, of Freeburg, IL, born January 19, 1943, in Belleville, IL, died Friday, February 8, 2019, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO.

Mr. Urban officially began his first career at Washington University, receiving his PhD in Musicology in 1976. He worked from 1969 – 1978 as a band director for the Clayton and Ladue school districts in Missouri. His specialty instrument was the trumpet and later became all the lower brass instruments.  In 1979, Darrell left his music career to help his family in caring for his sick father and helping to run the family business, Midwestern Propane Gas Company.  In his return to the family business, he specialized in propane carburation. Beginning in the mid 1980s and until his death, Darrell served as President and CEO of the company.  In addition to his company responsibilities, Darrell also served as past president of the Illinois Propane Gas Association, past chairman of the Illinois Propane Education and Research Council and held multiple positions in the National Propane Gas Association.  He was a founding member of the ‘Quack Pak,” an international association for independent propane marketers. He also was a former president of the Belleville Rotary. In 1999, Darrell launched Hearthside Grill and Fireplace Ltd. which grew into its own flourishing business and in 2014 was sold to his nephew, Mark Urban.

Darrell was a rugged individualist and an avid outdoorsman; an accomplished water skier, big game hunter, fisherman, canoer and rock climber.  As a mountaineer, he climbed Mt. Rainer and the Grand Tetons. Throughout his entire life he enjoyed music and he always enjoy playing in concert with other musicians.

Darrell was always a motorcycle enthusiast of the highest caliber. In the recent past he joined an international motorcycle association, the Latin American Motorcycle Association, and served in many positions within the St Louis Chapter including Vice President.

Darrell was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew A. and Eileen, nee Tibbitt, Urban; two brothers, Andrew R. Urban and Donald W. Urban; and his grandparents, Andrew “AJ” and Martha Urban.

Surviving are his wife of nearly 49 years, Susan, nee Purcelli, Urban, whom he married March 20, 1970;
two sisters-in-law, Gigi Dowling Urban of Belleville, IL and Doris Jean Scott of Claremont, CA;
nephews and nieces, Mark Urban of Belleville, IL, Bethany (Kris) Thilmont of Lake Geneva, WI, Kathryn Jean     Scott of Los Angeles, CA, Jared Urban of Mascoutah, IL, and Jennifer (Mat) Missey of Belleville, IL;
and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.

Memorials may be made to Backstoppers, to the Randolph County Humane Society, or to S.A.VE. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, February 14, 2019 and from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, February 15, 2019 at George Renner and Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, February 15, 2019 at George Renner and Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.  Burial will follow at Green Mount Protestant Cemetery, Belleville, IL.

Arrangements by George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL     

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7 Comments on Darrell Urban

Mike &Donna said : Guest Report Feb 14, 2019 at 11:27 PM

We want to extend our condolences to Ms Sue, Uban Family. We have the opportunity such great man and role model. Ride to heaven in peace.

  • Columbia
  • Mo
Linda Baldwin said : Guest Report Feb 14, 2019 at 4:19 PM

It's been a pleasure working at Midwestern Propane Gas Company and getting to know such a wonderful person. He had a zest for life and a big heart. No words can ever say it all. He will be greatly missed and never forgotten.

  • Smithton
  • IL
Daniel Dixon said : Guest Report Feb 13, 2019 at 3:43 PM

Was fortunate to meet Darrell in the late 1990s and we have kept up from time to time. Always positive, adventurous and a joy to be around. Wish the family and Midwestern Propane all the best. You are all in our prayers.

  • Florence
  • AL
Boris Gonzalez said : Guest Report Feb 13, 2019 at 3:14 PM

Darrel will live forever in the heart of many people, he will live in mine, he was, is and will always be my inspiration. I will try my best to be like him, he was a father to me, t is my duty to honor him as long as I breath.

  • Moron
  • Cuba
David and Kim Seiber said : Guest Report Feb 13, 2019 at 2:54 PM

Dearest Sue, We are so very sorry for your loss. Darrell will be missed beyond words. We pray for your comfort and healing during this very difficult time. Love and Prayers...Dave and Kim

  • Belleville
  • IL
Liset López y familia said : Guest Report Feb 13, 2019 at 3:45 AM

Hoy lloro por la partida de Daddy y recuerdo todos los momentos que compartimos, sus sabios consejos y hasta sus regaños. Lo vamos a extrañar el resto de nuestras vidas. Sé que está felíz junto al señor y a él le pido mucha fortaleza para Sue y toda la familia. Un fuerte abrazo de condolencia.

  • San José
  • Costa Rica
Franklin Keedy said : Guest Report Feb 11, 2019 at 8:32 PM

I am sorry to hear of Darrell's death. I had the pleasure of working for the company at the Anna plant. He was always friendly and concerned about the people working for him. He will be missed

  • Anna
  • Il

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