N. Darl Britton
KINSMAN — N. Darl Britton, 92, died Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016, at home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born Sept. 29, 1924, in Ashtabula, a son of Elsie Jane Fonner and Herbert Kline Britton.
Darl graduated from Williamsfield High School in 1942, and served in the U.S. Coast Guard, making nine trips across the Atlantic Ocean.
He was a truck driver all his life, working for the former Farm Bureau of Williamsfield; as a milk route driver for the former Farmdale Dairy; driving for over 17 years for McGill Septic Tank of Kinsman and finally, for Cortland Tractor for over 22 years, retiring in 1989.
On June 5, 1946, he married Arlene May Goodge. Darl was a member of the Williamsfield United Methodist Church, a founding member of the Ohio Maple Producers Association, a life member of the Ashtabula County Antique Engine Club in Wayne and a member of the Sharon American Legion Post No. 299. Every year, including the spring of 2016, Darl could be found tapping and collecting sap from his neighbor’s maple trees to cook down into maple syrup, with the enlisted help of three generations of his family and the neighborhood children. He enjoyed farming and gardening as well as spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and with the great-great-grandchildren.
Darl is preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 56 years, Arlene May Britton, who died on Sept. 1, 2002; an infant daughter, Barbara Sue Britton; an infant son, Andrew Charles Britton; a son, Ray. H. “Butch” Britton; and a brother, D. Lyle Britton.
Survivors include his two daughters, Susan Britton McGill of Hubbard and Mildred Elaine Gregg of Kinsman; a brother, the Rev. C. Keith Britton of Fort Collins, Colo.; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21, 2016, at Williamsfield Center Cemetery. Calling hours will be 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, at Baumgardner Funeral & Cremation Service, 8569 Main Street, Kinsman.
Memorial contributions may be made to Ohio Maple Producers Association, PO Box 1083, Burton, OH 44021. An online guestbook is available at www.baumgardnerfuneralhomes.com.