December 09, 2023

Woodward “Woody” Darland


Woody Darland, 48, of Ankeny, formerly of Creston, died Friday, May 12, 2023. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be 2 p.m. Monday, May 22 at Powers Funeral Home, 601 New York Avenue in Creston.

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Woodward “Woody” Lee Darland was born Oct. 31, 1974, to Fred and Joni Darland in Centerville. He lived most of his life in Creston. Woody graduated from Creston High School in 1993. He was married to Mindy (Shackelford) Darland. They had two daughters, Haley Marie and Hannah Jo.

Woody loved fishing, music and his grandkids, Lennon and Nolan.

Woody is survived by his wife Mindy Darland of Ankeny; daughters Haley (Kendall) Antle and Hannah Darland both of Ankeny; two grandchildren, Lennon Joe and Nolan of Ankeny; his mother, Joni (Jim) Fizer of Creston; grandmother Radine Ward of Creston; many other relatives and friends.

He will be so missed by so many. But we take comfort in knowing he is in heaven with his brother, Anthony Darland, and they are probably figuring out the upcoming NFL season.

Woody was preceded in death by his brother, Anthony Darland and his father, Fred Darland.