PERRY TOWNSHIP — Longtime Perry Township Fire Chief Daryl Styer, who died Thursday at age 66, was “a great asset, not only to Perry Township but to everybody in Allen County,” according to one township official.
Township Trustee Kevin Cox said Styer served the community for more than 40 years in a variety of ways, perhaps none more important than his time spent as chief of the Perry Township Fire Department.
“Daryl help build our fire department and EMT to where it is today,” Cox said. “He’s been a great asset to the fire department. He was always a good listener and a good teacher and, more importantly, a good resident of the community.”
Cox said Styer, who had been battling an undisclosed illness, turned in his resignation from the township’s employ at the most recent board meeting.
“He was just a dedicated person,” Cox said.
Township Fire Inspector Brooke Hedges, in a prepared statement on behalf of Chief Justin Roberts, herself and all township firefighters, said Styer’s boots “can never be filled.”
Styer served the Perry Township community for 49 years, filling whatever role was needed at the moment — from paramedic, firefighter, fire inspector and investigator to chief, Hedges said.
“He taught generations of firefighters what it meant to be a public servant and was a strong example of a proud loving family man who knew no strangers. His favorite place to be on a fire scene was the pump panel, where he made sure his fellow firefighters had the water needed to keep themselves safe while fighting the fire,” Hedges said.
“Along with the pump panel, ‘Big D’ was seen along the sidelines of every Perry High School football game, or with the squad and behind the grill, flippin’ pancakes at our annual Pancake Day every April. His memory and spirit will live on in everyone he helped and served beside.”
Styer is survived by his wife, Pamela S. Parlette, a daughter, two sons, seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Services for Styer will begin 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 16 at Crossroads Church, 775 S. Thayer Road, Lima. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Perry Volunteer Fire Department or Crossroads Church.