William Alfred Darkow was born Aug. 15, 1932, in Akron, Ohio, and passed away peacefully March 6, 2021, in Olympia, Wash. He was the only son of William E. and Esther (Painter) Darkow.
Bill is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Caroline; daughters, Kerrin Rene and Colleen Lorraine; son, William John; six grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.
He was preceded in death by daughter, Sylvia Kathleen; and sisters, Lois Warber and Louise Hudack.
Bill was a public school teacher, having taught in Neah Bay, Bremerton, and Lacey, Wash. He was an internationally known and avid designer, builder, and flyer of control line and free flight model aircraft. He was a member of the Society of Antique Modelers and of the Northwest Skyraiders. He also enjoyed fishing and hunting. Bill was an active member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Rochester, Wash.
Due to the COVID-19 virus, a private family service is planned. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to a local food bank. Please share memories at www.FuneralAlternatives.org.