Darrell was raised in a working class family. His Father, Tom Stiffler, was a truck driver that drove for the same company for 30 years. Bernice Stiffler was a homemaker. They were married for 63 years. Darrell attended Pleasant Hill High School in Pleasant Hill, Missouri and graduated in 1964 with a class of 63 students
. Darrell participated in sports and school politics. After two years of attending William Jewell College he dropped out of College and was drafted into the US Army.
In January 1967 he was stationed, for Basic and AIT training, at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri. He was assigned Permanent Party for three months after his training, and while assigned as Permanent Party he was awarded the Fort Leonard Wood Post Solider of the Month. In December of 1967 he was assigned to the 25th Infantry Division at Cu Chi Vietnam. Shortly after arriving in Vietnam he experienced the Tet Offensive of 1968. At the age of 23 he returned discharged from the Army in December of 1968. He received, along with the standard service medals, the Good Conduct Medal and the Bronze Star for Meritorious Service.
Upon his return he had many careers: Manager of Customer Service; Life Insurance sales; Self-Employed painting contractor; Commercial Real Estate Sales; Flight Attendant for both a commercial carrier and a private corporation; IT Consultant; Computer Programmer; Project Manager; Project Manager Trainer.
Darrell is a graduate from William Jewell College in Liberty Missouri with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He was also certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute (PMI) in September of 1999.
In 2013 Darrell decided to semi-retire and start a business he was passionate about. Darrell got passed but never over, the treatment he and other Brothers and Sisters received when they returned from “The Nam”. He recognized an opportunity for family members and anyone else that appreciate their freedom to show their love and appreciation to those who served their beloved country. Darrell started “I Love My Veteran” (www.ILoveMyVeteran.com), a “Veterans Appreciation Apparel” retail, via internet, sales company. Darrell wants the citizens of this country to demonstrate their appreciation to those who served by wearing the Veteran Appreciation Apparel