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Backstrom - Pyeatte Chapel SS
Thursday March 31st, 2022
4:00pm - 6:00pm

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Oak Hill Cemetery
Friday April 1st, 2022

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James Durnal

James Laning Durnal, 92, of Siloam Springs, Arkansas passed away Saturday, March 26, 2022, at The Maples at Har-Ber Meadows in Springdale.


James was born on January 11, 1930, in Siloam Springs, a son of Donald J. Durnal and Maurine Hayes Durnal. He married Mardell Lalman on September 25, 1950, in Huntsville Arkansas, who preceded him in death in 2021.  James worked for the Dixie Dairy, the B&L Gas Station and for many years at Webb Wheel before his retirement. He was an avid fisherman and hunter, loved animals and enjoyed doing anything outdoors including traveling and camping. James was a member of the First Baptist Church in Siloam Springs. He served with honor in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.


James is survived by two sons, Clay Allen Durnal and wife Jill of White Rock, New Mexico, and Randy Durnal and wife Nancy of Ft. Scott, Kansas; one daughter, Mary Alice Strickland and husband Stanley of West Fork, Arkansas; two brothers, Harvey Gene Durnal of Portland, Oregon, and Dwayne Durnal and wife Lualice of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; eight grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren, along with many other family members and friends.


Visitation will be held at Backstrom-Pyeatte Funeral Home on Thursday, March 31, 2022, from 4:00pm to 6:00 pm.


A Graveside service will be held at the Oak Hill Cemetery on Friday, April 1, 2022, at 1:00pm. Pastor Jeremy DeGroot will officiate the service. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Backstrom-Pyeatte Funeral Home of Sioam Springs.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation, 2 Natural Resources Dr, Little Rock, Arkansas 72205 or to the Washington Regional Hospice, 325 E Longview St, Fayetteville, AR 72703

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Mary Alice & family, Our condolences to you in this time of Loss...... God Grant You Peace.

Randy Vohs Apr 7 2022 7:30 PM

I met James in 1961 when we worked at B&L Service Station. James was always a dedicated, hard worker. He taught me to hunt and fish and we did a lot of it together.
Marilyn and I had a great, long friendship with James, Mardell and the kids. What wonderful friends!
We will miss him so but we know he is now with our Lord and Savior.

Bill Jackson Mar 28 2022 5:38 PM