Darwin E. Fender, 89, a native of Oklahoma and a long time resident of Fairhope and Mobile, died Friday, Dec. 10, 2010. He served as a captain in the Armored Cavalry during World War II earning five battle stars and the Bronze Star Medal. He fought in France and landed on Omaha Beach in 1944. He also fought in Holland, Belgium and Germany. Later, he helped the Allied Forces stationed in Germany with the reforestation of Germany and Bavaria. He retired after 36 years with International Paper Co. as senior forest manager and forest productivity and research worldwide. He was a graduate of the University of Georgia and a member of the Society of American Foresters and was the author of many papers and articles published in the Journal of Forestry. He served as chairman of the Southern Forest Disease and Insect Research Council, The American Forest Research Committee, and was listed in the American Men and Women of Service, 12th edition. Locally, he served on the Forest Advisory Committee for the Mobile County Public Schools, the Republican Executive Committee and was vice chairman of the Mobile County Solid Waste and Disposal Authority. He was a member of Kingswood United Methodist Church. Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Alice "Niki" Fender of Daphne; daughter, Rebecca (Robert) Giles of Daphne; son, Lt. Col. J. Neal Fender (retired) of Auburn; four grandchildren, Douglas (Rosemarie) Peck of Columbia, Mo., Jennifer (Frank) Porter of Vestavia Hills, Joanna (Kevin) Phalen of Daphne and Erin (Mark) Blair of Auburn; and five great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 13 from the chapel of Wolfe-Bayview Funeral Home, Fairhope. Visitation will follow. Arrangements are by Wolfe-Bayview Funeral Homes & Crematory Inc., Fairhope.
Published Wednesday, December 15, 2010, The Independent, Robertsdale, Alabama, Page 14A