On Saturday, January 8, \n2022, Darryl Edmund Aspelin (Butler, PA), husband of \nDavid Yaron (Peckville, PA), died at age 59 as a \nresult of his hard-fought battle with cancer. His \npassion for life brought joy to those around him and \nhis passing leaves a void that can never be filled. \nHe will be fondly remembered and sorely missed.\n\nDarryl was born on April 5, 1962 in Butler, PA to \nBetty Hendershot and Donald Aspelin. He received his \nbachelor's degree in computing from Clarion \nUniversity and was self-employed through his \ncleaning business and rental units. \n\nHis relationship with husband David was a \ntwo-hearts-beat-as-one romantic comedy set mostly in \nPittsburgh, with the holidays in David's hometown of \nScranton, fall hiking and biking in Bar Harbor with \nfriends John Killiany and Deborah Chilletti, and \nswimming and kayaking in Key West whenever possible. \nDarryl especially enjoyed rides with David on a \ntandem bike nicknamed Poison Ivy, after its green \ncolor and an unfortunate encounter with vines on one \nof their maiden rides on the GAP trail.\n\nDarryl was a fantastic and inventive chef, who could \nturn whatever was in the refrigerator into a gourmet \nmeal. He also enjoyed tackling ridiculously hard \njigsaw puzzles with unrelated family member Michelle \nBroido, remodeling apartments with his brother Alex, \npicking berries with his sister Darline, taking many \ncruises with family and friends, traveling to exotic \nlocations such as the Patagonian mountains, taking \nin the Pittsburgh Symphony from their first-row \nsubscription seats, mastering pottery through over a \ndecade of classes at CCAC North, and bowling in the \nPittsburgh Pride League. \n\nIn memorializing Darryl, it is perhaps most \nimportant to reflect on his empathetic connection \nwith the world around him. As a gardener, he, like \nhis mother, could look at a plant and immediately \nknow what it needed to thrive. As a pet lover, he \nconnected with his cats and his friends' dogs in \nways that made him their favorite human. And as a \nsoul who was always tuned into the emotions and \nneeds of those around him, he could convert casual \nencounters into lasting and supportive friendships. \nHe lives on through the warmth and strength he \ninfused into those who were blessed with his \npresence. \n\nDarryl was preceded in death by father Donald. He is \nsurvived by husband David Yaron; mother Betty \nAspelin; brother Alex, his wife Tina, niece Taylor \nand nephew Joshua; sister Darline, her husband \nVaughn Gallagher and nieces Abby and Erica; sister \nDiana, her husband Michael Stetzer, nephew Mathew \nand niece Shelby. \n\nThrough his family by marriage, he is preceded in \ndeath by sister Linda Yaron Emondi, and survived by \nsister Ruth Yaron and her husband Robert McCloskey, \nbrother John Yaron and his dear friend Millie Clark, \nnephew Fred Cicilioni and his wife Katie, nephew \nJohn Cicilioni and his wife Heather, nephew Robert \nMcCloskey, great nephew Jackson Cicilioni, and great \nniece Charlotte Cicilioni. \n\nThe family will hold two memorial services. The \nfirst at Thompson-Miller Funeral Home in Butler, PA \non Saturday, January 15, with visitation from 2 pm \nto 4 pm and a brief service at 4 pm. The second at \nSix East Restaurant in Scranton, PA on Saturday, \nJanuary 22, with an open reception with appetizers \nfrom 2 pm to 4 pm. \n\nIn lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be \nmade to UPMC Hillman Cancer Center (https://hillmanresearch.upmc.edu/giving/), \nto aid the work of valued friends who helped in his \nbattle with cancer.