Rev. Neil McNeill, associate pastor of St. Bernard Church, conducted the services.
Chance LeBlanc and Vidalia Pitre served as gift bearers.
Mr. Darrell was a member of the Deaf Action Center and worked as a printer for Gulf Coast Printing, in Lafayette, for 27 years.
He enjoyed camping, vacationing in Florida, and watching football, while rooting for his favorite teams.
He was a gentle soul, who loved his family unconditionally. Although he never spoke a word, his love was soulfully expressed by the gleam in his eyes. The hand gestures and the smile on his face conveyed to everyone he knew a sense of love and security.
Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Marion Melancon of Breaux Bridge; his son, Leroy Melancon and his wife, Diane, of Orange, Texas; his daughters – Sherry Melancon of Lake Arthur, Shirley Bryant and her husband, William, of Vinton, and Alice Istre and her husband, Patrick, of Lake Arthur; his stepsons – David Pourciau of Hammond and Donald Pourciau of Slidell; his stepdaughter, Annette Pourciau, of Breaux Bridge; his brother, Larry Melancon and his wife, Cindy, of Marrero; his grandchildren – Destanie Melancon, Leroy Melancon Jr., Zane Pitre, Blaine Pitre, Vidalia Pitre, Cody Melancon, Clint Melancon, Chasity Newman, Chandler Hicks, Kelsie Hicks, Gabriell Landry and Marlena Istre; his stepgrandchildren – Mitchel Varisco, Chance LeBlanc, Robyn David, Joshua Gary, Ty Pourciau, Kayla Pourciau and Donald Pourciau III.; and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Yolande Tauzin Melancon; his son, Johnny Melancon; and his grandson, David Melancon.
A rosary was recited at 7 p.m. on Sunday.
Pallbearers were Chandler Hicks, Cody Melancon, Zane Pitre, Karl Begnaud, JoJo Tabor and Larry Melancon.
Pellerin Funeral Home of Breaux Bridge was in charge of arrangements.