Cover photo for Darrell Robert Losey's Obituary

Darrell Robert Losey

March 26, 1938 — January 10, 2023

East Tawas

Darrell Robert Losey


The youngest child and only son, born 1938 to Mary Arlene Losey (Waltner) and Darrell Adrian Losey, ‘Little Brother’ to Geraldine Losey (Marston/ Hagen) and Arlene Losey (Braun).

Darrell enlisted in the United States Navy at the age of 17 and was an aviation structural mechanic of hydraulics and Petty Officer 3rd Class. In 1955, after basic training, he was assigned to USS Lexington CVA16 throughout its recommission and reclassification maiden voyage after Pearl Harbor. On his return stateside assigned to U.S. Naval Air Station in Johnsville, Pennsylvania, he attended a few USO dances where he met the love of his life Harriet Louise Losey (Jones).

            In November 1957, they married and became the parents of Marianne Louise Losey in 1959. After planting their roots in Michigan, they built their first home on the west side of Jackson ordered from a Montgomery Ward’s catalog. There they became parents of Darrell James Losey in 1961 and David Alan Losey in 1963. After moving for work to Garden City, they became parents again in 1969 to Robert Michael Losey (Pam).

Since then, he has been the proud grandparent to Sara (Bryan Rocheleau), Kristen, Drew, Katelyn (Brian Fivecoat), Breanna, and Megan. Great-Grandparent to Olivia and Mackenzie.

There are so many extended family to “Uncle Bob”, friends, neighbors, co-workers, medical staff and more that have been such good people throughout his life it would fill pages.

            As a professional, Darrell began working as a machinist assistant in both Jackson and Detroit before starting as a heavy equipment mechanic for the Garden City Department of Public Works. Darrell worked there as a mechanic, heavy equipment operator, crew leader, and union leader until his medical retirement in 1987 from injuries. Darrell was an avid outdoorsman, hunting and fishing while able. Later in life he worked with the Baldwin Township Water Board as a trustee and assisted with the water treatment design and layout of the township’s water systems. Darrell and Harriet retired to East Tawas for the last 36 years where they have also enjoyed the companionship of many great neighbors and friends.


We are deeply saddened from the loss and know he is in a better place, dancing with his sweetheart. The family has planned a celebration of life program for Darrell on Sunday March 26, 2023 at Weber’s Inn in Ann Arbor from 12-4p.

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