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Daryl Anthony Lien

04/28/1953 - 03/18/2020

Daryl Anthony Lien, 66, of Hoyt Lakes, MN, passed away unexpectedly and peacefully in his home on Wednesday March 18, 2020.  For the health and safety of loved ones and the community, a memorial service will be held at a later date. More information will follow. In honor of Daryl, memorials are preferred to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or another charity. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia. To sign the online guest book or to send condolences, please visit www.rangefuneralhomes.com.

He was born to Leo and Teresa Lien (Klejeski) on April 28, 1953 in Superior, WI.  His family moved to Babbitt, MN when he was 7. He enjoyed growing up there along with his brother Bob (Shari) Lien, of Castle Rock, CO and sister Jan Zavodnick of Maple Grove, MN.  He graduated from JFK High School in 1972. He always felt Babbitt was his home and he will be laid to rest there.

Daryl married his high school sweetheart, Sue (Mahal) on July 19, 1975. They raised 4 boys in Hoyt Lakes where he has been a long-time resident. Daryl worked at LTV Mining for 28 years until it’s closure in 2001.  He then worked a short time for Aurora Building Systems in home construction. Thereafter, he began a new career as a bus driver for the Mesabi East School District.  Here, Daryl became a ‘grandpa’ to all the kids but especially those who had challenges and needed someone extra to provide them love.  He thoroughly enjoyed watching all sports and activities, especially his children’s and grandchildren’s, and any children he had contact with through bus driving. He was a strong supporter of any and all fundraising efforts, especially if approached by children. He was filled with so much pride and joy in spending time with his family. His most precious times were spent fishing, hunting, camping, boating, and the annual family events. He shared his many talents and his strong passions with those closest to him.

Daryl lived a life full of love and humor.  He will be remembered for his quick wit, which has been passed down to each of his boys.

Daryl’s most important role was that of husband to Sue, and dad to Mike (Shannon) of Hutchinson, MN, Craig (Tori) of St. Croix Falls, WI, Scott (Megan), of Naples, FL and Steve of Naples, FL and grandpa to Hunter, Hudson, Tayten, Rylie and Harlee. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Grace Mahal; brothers and sisters-in-law and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; father-in-law, Richard Mahal; sister-in-law, Brenda Meier; brother-in-law, Butch Erickson; and nephew, Terry Soxman.

85 thoughts on “Daryl Anthony Lien”

  1. Matt & Erika Smith & kids says:

    We enjoyed getting to know Grandpa Daryl as he attended sporting activities in Hutchinson. His humor and funny jokes were always one of a kind. Sue we are thinking of you during this time, which is never easy.

    Stay strong and remember the good times.

  2. Chad sahr says:

    Early was a great guy and will be missed by so many! All of the kids loved him! Rest In Peace!

  3. Linda Dove says:

    My heart-felt sympathies to you, Sue, the boys and their families. May God give you kind comfort and surround you with love at this time and as you move forward. Sending hugs to you all. Auntie Lunda and Harvey.

  4. Kevin and Brenda Ryks says:

    So very sorry for your loss. Such a wonderful man! Sending our love to all of you.

  5. Renee Ronning says:

    Sue and family, My heart aches for you all. If you need anything, please let me know and I will get it to you.

  6. Renee Ronning says:

    Sue and family, My love to you and yours goes out. If you need anything please let us know. Our love, Mitch, Renee Ronning and family

  7. Mark Petrik says:

    So sorry for your loss

  8. Jane House says:

    We were sadden to hear that Daryl passed away.
    We are going to be praying for your family for strength,comfort in the never ending pain of grief of losing such a great love in your lives.
    So Sincerely ,
    Steve and Jane House

  9. Ryan Neppl says:

    Ryan Neppl

  10. Sue and family. I am so deeply sorry to hear about Daryl’s passing. Please except my sympathy. And I hope you can feel my hug surrounding you. Daryl was truly a man about family, always. Colleen LeMoine

  11. Becky Burich says:

    So deeply sorry for your loss. I will remember Daryl always. He helped me immensely when my son started hockey, giving me great deals and advice on hockey gear and the game itself. I recently chatted with him at a UMD Bulldog game and when he’d stop at City Hall. Deepest sympathies to you all. Memory Eternal.

  12. Pauline & Alan Menuey says:

    Our heart felt condolences and prayers are with you Sue, Mike & Shannon, Craig & Tori, Scott & Megan, and Steve along with the rest of the family during these days. Please call or text if there is anything you guys need.

  13. Ruth Armstrong says:

    Sue and Family,
    Our condolences to you and your family. Daryl was still so young. Our daughter,Kathy just reminded us that she carpooled with him and Mike Bentley when she worked at Erie the summer after she graduated. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during these sad times.

  14. Robert Sahr says:

    We are so sorry for your loss! Your family is in our prayers

  15. Ms Deb Klejeski says:

    Dearest Sue and all son’s, wives, and grandchildren. It hurts my soul deaply to hear the news. My prayers 🙏 are sent to you at this time, may you be supported by family, your friends, and your community. Although our paths had not crossed often over the years you have been in my thoughts with love. Thinking of you Deb and Kayne

  16. Pamela LaBine says:

    With deepest sympathy. Our prayers go out to all of you in this time of loss.
    Wayne and Pamela LaBine

  17. Teri and Will Haapala says:

    Our deepest sympathy to you and your whole family Sue. So sorry to hear of this sudden loss. Daryl was a wonderful guy and the love you shared was there for all to see and aspire to. Prayers and hugs.
    Teri and Will Haapala.
    Sharp skates forever.

  18. Deb Holmstrom says:

    I’m an so very sorry for your loss – my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

  19. Mary Fossell says:

    We will miss Daryl terribly. He was such a nice friend, neighbor, and community member. Always enjoyed hanging with him at the kids sporting events! You are all in our thoughts and prayers! Anything we can do, let us know! ❤️❤️❤️
    Vince, Mary, Jenna, Kailey, Alexa & Ashley Fossell

  20. Rozella “Rosie” Gams says:

    My heart is so sad. I have many happy memories of Daryl during high school that I will treasure forever. Prayers and wonderful memories to you Sue and your family.

  21. Miles Larsen says:

    For many years you were a 2nd father figure to me. All the camping and fishing and hunting trips we took together as families. Thank you for that time. You will be greatly missed.

  22. Mary Basarich says:

    I am so saddened to hear if Darrel’s passing. I remember him fondly and he was one of the kindest boys in our class. Prayers and love for your wonderful family.
    Mary McKibbon Basarich

  23. Bryan McDonald says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Sue.

  24. Sara Baribeau says:

    We are very sorrow for your loss. Daryl made each of my children feel special and safe. He made bus ride enjoyable for each of my kids. Sometimes the bus would sit a few minutes at the end of the driveway while he finished his conversation with one of them.
    I loved when Daryl was the driver for my volleyball program. He made me feel safe and I knew I could count on his support in the gym. He supported Tyler and Lindsey throughout all their years playing. He made them feel like he was only there for them. He had a way to make them feel like a favorite.
    Kaden took the news of Daryl’s passing especially hard. Many tears were shred and facing the bus in the future will be daunting. Kaden lite a candle and dedicated prayers throughout the day for Daryl.
    We feel blessed to have been part of Daryls life. We will all miss him. He definitely was a big part of raising my kids.


    Always had good words for everyone, really liked this guy!!

  26. jann hayes says:

    It was a sad moment when I heard Daryl had passed. He was always smiling and seemed to enjoy being with his family. I pray that you can find peace what with losing Daryl and having a pandemic all at the same time. Take care.

  27. Jared and Katie Kral says:

    So sorry for your loss. In the few times I was able to talk to Daryl I knew he was a good man. He was the type of person I would have enjoyed getting to know better.
    Sending lots of prayers to your family.

  28. Alan Menuey says:

    You were a great friend and role model we will miss you rest in peace

  29. Mike@Diane Palm says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you Sue and your family.🙏🙏🙏

  30. Shelly DeVries says:

    So so sorry for your loss. We will pray for comfort for all the family. My heart aches for you.

  31. Rich and Luella Pospeck says:

    So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.🙏🏻🙏🏻❤️

  32. Bonnie LaFrenier says:

    Daryl was always enjoyable to visit with. Your family was blessed. Whenever we talked he spoke so highly of his family and lit up when talking about the grandchildren. We knew Daryl and your family for a long time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. This is such a difficult time but the love of your family will bring you all through this. Love Bonnie

  33. Nancy Klejeski says:

    Sue and family,
    I’m so sorry for your loss and hope that your treasured memories will help comfort you during this difficult time. God Bless!
    With deepest sympathy,
    Nancy(David) Klejeski

  34. Tim welch says:

    RIP Daryl. God Bless you and your family🙏🏻 You will be missed by many but remembered in our thoughts

  35. nancy garrison says:

    We only met sweet & witty Daryl a few times here in FL while he & Sue were visiting Scott.

    I was impressed that he drove a school bus – I’m sure he was the bus driver we all wish we had – full of love & fun.

    Carry on those blessings that you’ve received from this great man – share the love and be strong. Hug your mom – alot.

    Dr. G & Nancy

  36. Renae Vinton says:

    We are thinking about you and your family.
    God bless you and hold all those memories dear to your heart.
    Renae and Glenn Vinton

  37. Judy (Bielejeski) Huset says:

    Sincere sympathy to the family

  38. Cheryl Klejeski says:

    Sue, Mark and I are truly sorry to hear about Daryl passing, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Mark and Cheryl Klejeski

  39. Lezley Moots says:

    Daryl was so kind. He has been my kids bus driver for the last 5 years. My kids loved him. My prayers and thoughts for all the family.

  40. Larry a anderson says:

    I want to express my condolences to all of the Lien family for this great guy that I shared the sidelines with doing what he loved watching his grandson playing ball. I to loved his humor and wit .We had bus driving stories to share he really loved the little ones on his route. They will definitely miss him in the mornings. Just remember boys he will be watching from a higher sit in the bleachers from above. God him and his family. Grandpa Larry

  41. Rosanne & Dom Varricchio says:

    Dear Scott and family,
    We are so sorry for the loss of your father!
    We read what was posted, and it was obvious that Daryl Anthony Lien was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and friend!
    Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this very difficult time.
    Rosanne and Dom Varricchio

  42. Scott and Shari Collins says:

    Daryl will surely be missed at the school! He was a one of a kind guy full of love and fun! Out thoughts and prayers go out to sue and the family!

  43. Gary and Rosemary says:

    Sue and family,We are sorry to hear this! Our prayers and heartfelt sympathy to you all. Sending our love.

  44. Dan Kubiak says:

    Scott, We are all sorry to hear the news about your dad. I do remember meeting him here at the Club a few years ago. In our thoughts. The Kubiak Family

  45. steve murphy says:

    Sue and Family,
    Am so sorry to hear about Daryl. Kinda in shock. He was one of a kind and that’s what made everyone love him. Will be thinking of you and yours.
    Take care,
    Steve and Kathy Murphy

  46. Audrey and Rod Rogers says:

    To Scott, Megan, Steve and the entire Lien Family:

    We are thinking of you at this time of loss. May your hearts be filled with the love and memories he gave to each of you.

    Our deepest sympathies.

    Audrey and Rod Rogers
    Marco Island, FL

  47. Mindy Zavodnick-Stollenwerk says:

    What more can be said about a man that was larger than life and lived it so outwardly. My uncle Daryl was THE BEST uncle and I’m SO grateful to have had him in my life. He taught me many things, but his generosity will be his legacy. He made me feel special, important and loved. There will be so many great things that I will hold precious and dear to my heart when I think of him. I will love you always Uncle Daryl and you will not ever be forgotten. Until we meet again…

  48. Jim & Mary Monte says:

    We are wishing you and your family Sue our deepest sympathy.

  49. Rene (busdriver Grandma NayNay) says:

    A man to be missed. My grandchildren are quite saddened by the loss of their favorite bus driver. As a bus driver myself I know how he was often the first happiness many students experienced daily. I enjoyed visiting with him whenever I’d see him whether at the Hoyt Lakes IGA or when he dropped my grandson and his friends off at my house on Friday afternoons.
    My sincere and deep sympathy to his wife, children and their families. His co-workers, friends and community have a void where his laughter will be missed.

  50. Jana Hergert says:

    Barbara Lambert and her daughter Jana Rose

  51. Jan Zavodnick says:

    There will alwas be a face before me,
    A voice I would love to hear,
    A smile I will always remember
    Of a brother I loved so dear.
    Deep in my hear lies a picture,
    More precious than silver or gold,
    It’s a picture of my brother,
    Whose memory will never grow old.
    Author unknown
    I will miss you so much my DEAR brother!
    Your Loving Sister

  52. stephen mcguire says:

    We are very sorry to hear of the passing of Daryl Lien. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Lien family in the sorrowful time. God bless.

  53. Dan Berg says:

    Daryl, I cant thank you enough to be the best father in law to my daughter that there ever was. What a special relationship you had. And to share grand kids with you – I am so proud to share this with the family! Will miss you buddy!

  54. John and Joanie Hausladen says:

    Daryl was one of a kind. I only met him a few times, but he left a lasting impression. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Embrace the memories.

  55. Carol Tsang says:

    My sympathies and prayers for Sue and family and friends. I will miss him and be there for Jan.

  56. Steve Grams says:

    We are sorry to hear about Daryl. I loved talking to Daryl on long bus trips. I will always remember coming over to the house to get my skates sharpened or to buy hockey sticks. Like myself, many of our students and athletes will miss him dearly.
    Steve and Cherie Grams

  57. Becky Wiswell says:

    So sorry for all of your family. Daryl will be missed by our whole community.We send our love and sympathy.
    Willy & Becky Wiswell

  58. Carol Weiberg says:

    So very Sue . He was such a nice guy always nice to all your customers. Your in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless

  59. John/Elaine Postudensek says:

    All our memories of Daryl are nice ones! He was a friendly & helpful man. He will be missed by many. Our condolences to the entire family.

  60. Tony and Mary Michels says:

    Prayers for peace for you and your family

  61. Karen & Al McNulty says:

    To Sue and family all our prayers and thoughts are with you.
    May all memories shared give you strength in the days ahead.
    We will make a donation to St. Judes .
    May God give you strength.

  62. Daryl will be sadly missed by all of us at Mesabi East ,especially in the bussing department .Daryl brought us much joy with his presence .God bless your whole family for your loss .

  63. TC Koh says:

    Our condolences to the Lien Family.

  64. Norma Forsman says:

    Sue and family. Am so sorry for the loss of you husband and friend . Dad and Grandpa. My prayers go out to you and your family. My family sends all there prayers also. God bless love and hugs.

  65. Yvonne Hyde Gier says:

    My thoughts and prayers are sent with love …

  66. M. DeBruyne says:

    Sue and Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Daryl is someone we all remember fondly. This a beautifully written memorial of him. Mia Lahti

  67. Nancy Radtke says:

    Always a great friend and fun to be with. Love and prayers to his family. Will miss those big hugs and easy laughter❤️

  68. Brian LaFrenier says:

    Sad to hear about Daryl. He was a great guy. My condolences to you Sue and your family.

  69. Tracy Erickson McMorrow says:

    Sue and boys,

    We are so sorry to hear about Darryl. He was such a wonderful guy! John and I made a trip over to your usual hotel during state hockey to try to see you but unfortunately, our paths didn’t cross.

    He was a great guy and a friend to many, especially, my dad. In 1997, he spent one of his weekends putting a new roof on my house in the cities…what a guy!

    Take care. My deepest condolences to all of you.

    Tracy Erickson

  70. Jerrykrikelas says:

    One of the great guys to work with and hang out! He will be missed. Rip Daryll jerry and geneva k.

  71. Steve & Heidi Caskey says:

    Thank you for sharing Daryl’s service online. We pray you could feel us with you in spirit. Know that you are surrounded by our love and prayers and we look forward to the day we can hug you in person.

  72. Terry A Berg says:

    What a wonderful Legacy Daryl leaves behind…an undying love for his family, for his grandchildren…and his love of life. A life he lived on his own terms, quick with wit, good fatherly advise, a willingness to help those in need, always an uplifting word of encouragement, a bit of friendly mischievousness…a smile that was genuine and straight from the heart…a memorable man….a man who touched so many people…in an unassuming way…making a permanent mark in this world…in the best way possible. My heart goes out to you Sue, Mike, Scott, Craig and Steve…and to the rest of your families….I pray your memories will bring a smile to your hearts and souls…cause if I were a betting woman, that’s the way Daryl would have wanted. Much love to each of you.

  73. Greg Lien says:

    Dear Sue, sister,brother,sons and families, I will always cherish our last meeting at Marcie’s funeral. I always enjoyed his sense of humor and honesty
    through out my life. May it be sports, hunting, fishing or life Daryl had knowledge that was well respected. I’ll miss you cousin. His memory will never be forgotten. Thoughts and prayers to everyone.

  74. Al Lathrop says:

    Dear Scott & Megan,

    Our thoughts and prayers for you and your family. Our most sincere sympathy for your lost.

    Al & Rose Lathrop

  75. Marge Radtke says:

    Sue and family

    Thinking of you. Sorry for your loss. God Bless
    Marge Radtke

  76. Steve & Dawn Durst says:

    Dear Scott we are terribly sorry to hear about the passing of your Father. May our condolences bring you peace during this painful time.

  77. Shirley Potocnik says:

    Sorry for your loss. We will keep you and your family in
    our prayers.
    Shirley Potocnik

  78. Drew and Diane Freeman says:

    Scott and family – we were so very sorry to hear of the news of your Dad…may wonderful memories bring you great comfort and peace now and in the days to come.

  79. Larry & Carol Wedll says:

    I’m an so very sorry for your loss – my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. My early days with Daryl & you will always be with me.

  80. Dawn Lind says:

    So very sorry. Peace & comfort to you and your family.

  81. Mary Lou (Allen) Peterson says:

    I only knew him when he was a little boy who was so sweet and kind and it sounds like he never changed.
    My thoughts and prayers to his entire family.

  82. MARYSIMAT says:


  83. Kathy Olson(Walker) says:

    The Walker kids lived next door and grew up with Daryl. We knew him as kids that just wanted to have fun and be together. A good deal of fond memories over those years. Daryl was a good guy. We were so sorry to hear of his passing. Deepest syympathy to all family and friends.
    From the Walker Clan

  84. Walter Smith says:

    Really enjoyed the Years we work together. My wishes yo his family.

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