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Daren Friend
Daren FriendBassDaren Friend, 26 of LaRue, died unexpectedly Thursday evening October 26, 2023 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Hardin County.

He was born April 29, 1997 in Kenton to Clarence “Kippy” Friend and Samantha Byrd.

Daren was a 2016 graduate of the Elgin High School. He was employed at J-Lenco in LaRue. He loved to go fishing. He also enjoyed gaming. Daren loved his dog “Boss”.

Surviving are his parents, Clarence Friend and Samantha Byrd of LaRue.  A sister, Abby Friend of Lima. Grandparents, Clarence and Melissa Friend of LaRue and Mary Gladden of Mt. Gilead. Great grandmother, Margaret Friend of Marion.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Daryl Friend, who was in the accident with Daren.

There will be a combined Service celebrating the lives of Daryl and Daren on Friday November 3, 2023 at 7:00 pm at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home in LaRue. Pastor Brent Layne will officiate. Friends may call two hours prior to the service beginning at 5:00 pm at the funeral home in LaRue.

Remembrances and condolences may be expressed at www.stofcheck-ballinger.com

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#1 from: Ina Gibson
Ridgeway ohio
Sat, Oct 28, 2023 at 11:59 AM

I am so deeply sorry for your loss. My prayers are always with you and your family

#2 from: Larry Anderson
Sat, Oct 28, 2023 at 1:14 PM

Such a tragedy !!   Prayers to the entire Family !!

#3 from: Rick & Leslie Riffle
Richwood, Ohio
Sat, Oct 28, 2023 at 3:24 PM

So very sorry for your loss...our prayers are with your family!!

#4 from: Rita Lou Rubeck Headington Parker
Sat, Oct 28, 2023 at 6:43 PM

My sincere condolences to the Friend family.  Always treasure your fond memories of times spent together.  Rita Rubeck Headington Parker, EHS Librarian 1965-1996.

#5 from: Lauren and Jeanie Park
Sun, Oct 29, 2023 at 6:17 PM

Samantha, My prayers are with you as you deal with tragedy,  grief and loss! May God hold you close.

#6 from: Wendy Crabtree
La Rue
Mon, Oct 30, 2023 at 5:46 AM

Sorry for your loss.

Mon, Oct 30, 2023 at 8:21 PM


#8 from: Marilyn Coleman
Wed, Nov 1, 2023 at 11:49 AM

I don't know your family, but I want to send you prayers.  Losing one child is horrific.  Losing your two boys is just hard to imagine.  May the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ, give you peace. May you feel His arms around you and your family. May you find comfort and peace in your darkest hour, you will meet your sons again.

#9 from: Uncle Herb
Fri, Nov 3, 2023 at 9:39 AM

Kippy I am so sorry for your loss if you need anything let me know Herb

#10 from: Pat Rohler
Marion Ohio
Fri, Nov 3, 2023 at 1:10 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with the Friend family.

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