Darrell “Archie” Crotchett, 87, of Alton, passed away at 5:35 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, at OSF St. Clare’s Hospital in Alton.
He was born in Rockbridge, Ill., on Feb. 27, 1928, the son of the late Ross M. and Enid I. (Stringer) Crotchett.
Darrell married Carol H. Wells at Kane Baptist Church in Kane on July 9, 1955. She survives.
Darrell was employed at Owens Illinois Glass as a pipefitter for more than 35 years. He was a member of the Alton Moose, served as president for the Owenized Club for two terms, was a pitcher for 33 years for fast-pitch softball, known as“Fireball Archie,” and enjoyed golfing. His greatest joy was spending time with family and friends.
He is survived by his wife; five children and their spouses, Randy and Mona Crotchett of Bethalto, Sherry Hallows of Alton, Tammy and Rick McClain of Alton, Robin and John Kelly of Maryland, and Pamyla and Steve Emery of California; seven siblings, Nola Cambell of Alton, Jim and Pam Crotchett of Jerseyville, Kenneth and Esther Crotchett of Springfield, Kentner and Naomi Crotchett of Gas City, IN, Lois and Deanie Carr of Jerseyville, Taunjai Crotchett of Jerseyville, and Meda and Wilbur Gowins of Jerseyville; 15 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a great-grandson, James Bounds; a brother, Winston Crotchett; a sister-in-law, Ruth Crotchett; and a brother-in-law, Kenneth Cambell.
Visitation will be at 11 a.m. until time of service at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, at the Elias, Kallal & Schaaf Funeral Home in Alton with the Rev. David Weimer officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Lawn Memory Gardens in Bethalto.
Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society.
Online condolences and guestbook may be found at www.eliaskallalandschaaf.com.