Darwin "Deke" Mayle, 89, passed peacefully Sunday (March 23, 2014) at his home in Marietta.
He was born May 15, 1924, in Belpre, Ohio. He was the son of the late Leonard Clinton and Mae Dalton Mayle.
Following graduation from Belpre High School, he entered the U.S. Army and was stationed throughout Europe during World War II. After the war, he returned to Belpre and attended Marietta College. After two years, he transferred to Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio. After graduating with bachelor degrees in accounting and history in 1954 he returned to Belpre to join the family business, Mayle Brothers. Later, he became sole owner of the business and changed the name to Mayle of Belpre, Inc. He was past president and a member of the Belpre Lions Club for over 40 years. He received the outstanding Lions Club Sr. Award for 2012. He was a member of the Friends of the Campus Martius Museum and past board member. He had been a member of the Beta Sigma Tau Fraternity at the Baldwin-Wallace University.
Other than operating his business, he enjoyed traveling. His journeys included multiple trips to Europe, Rio de Janeiro, the Bahamas, Mexico and Hawaii. One of favorite memories was a several week trip in his motor home across the United States in route to British Columbia, Canada.
He is survived by his wife, Jean Mayle; his son, Darwin Mayle Jr. and his wife, Diane, of Belpre; stepchildren, John Palmer and Martez Carter of Columbus, Ohio; several nieces, nephews and stepgrandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Cecil Mayle and Rodney Mayle; sisters, Mable Dillard, Margaret Weaver, and Juanita Henderson.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday (March 28, 2014) at Leavitt Funeral Home, Belpre, with the Rev. Dr. Dennis Mohler officiating. Burial will follow in Rockland Cemetery, Belpre. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., and for one hour prior to services.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.LeavittFuneralHome.com.