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Darlene Mae (Fankhauser) Strain

November 30, 1939 ~ July 5, 2018 (age 78)

Darlene Mae (Fankhauser) Strain, 78, of Portland, Oregon passed away Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 8:22 am at Adventist Hospital after complications from hip surgery. Graveside memorial services will be held on Saturday, August 18th at 2:00 PM, Tipton Masonic Cemetery, with Rev. Brian Wilkins officiating. Online condolences may be shared at


Darlene was born November 30th, 1939 in Cedar Rapids, the 3rd daughter of Ken and Velma (Hulshizer) Fankhauser. She was reared and educated in Tipton and graduated from Tipton High School Class of 1958. She married Edgar Light August 3, 1958 in Tipton and raised 3 children in Cedar Rapids, Sheila, Kevin and Glenda. She later married Norman Strain in 1977 and moved to Portland, Oregon in 1980 where she continued to live and work until her passing.


Darlene is survived by her 3 children, Sheila Light, Kevin Light and his wife, Sylvia, and Glenda Light, 7 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren; sister, Phyl Britcher of Cedar Rapids and Bill Fankhauser and wife, Erleen of Tipton. She was preceded in death by her parents and both husbands and her sister, Betty Fankhauser.

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