Obituaries


Valerie R. ‘Val’ Harmon, 63

Valerie R. “Val” Harmon, 63, a lifelong resident of Frankford, Del., passed away and entered her eternal rest in the arms of Jesus on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, while surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Frankford on Aug. 2, 1956,...

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 12:00am

Steven Arnold Butler, 71

Steven Arnold Butler, 71, of Selbyville, Del., died Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, at home. He was born in Washington, D.C., son of the late Maxwell A. and Alice M. (Watson) Butler.

He spent 43 years in, and retired from, the asphalt business. He...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 12:00am

Ray E. Daisey, 83

Ray E. Daisey, 83, of Millville, Del., passed away on Oct. 16, 2019.

He was a local builder and had previously owned Ocean View Hardware. He served five years in the U.S. Merchant Marine, was a 1954 graduate of Lord Baltimore School, and a...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 12:00am

Michael L. ‘Mike’ Danmeyer, 68

Michael L. “Mike” Danmeyer, 68, of Tampa, Fla., departed this life on Oct. 16, 2019, at his home in Ocean Pines near Berlin, Md., after a brief battle with cancer. He was the son of Eva B. Danmeyer and the late Joseph Leroy Danmeyer.

After...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 12:00am

Donald Dennis, 88

Donald Dennis, 88, passed away peacefully on Oct. 16, 2019, surrounded by loving family.

He was the beloved husband of Dorothy “Tinker” Maisel Dennis and the late Sophia J. (Feehley) Dennis.

In addition to his wife, he is survived...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 12:00am

Tracy Lyn Evans, 51

Tracy Lyn Evans, 51, of Milford, Del., formerly of Lewes, Del., passed away peacefully on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, surrounded by her loving family, at Delaware Hospice Center in Milford, Del. She was born in Lewes, Del., on Nov. 4, 1967, daughter...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 12:00am

Mary Jane Grapperhaus, 81

Mary Jane Grapperhaus, 81, of Pembroke Pines, Fla., passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. She was born on Wednesday, June 1, 1938, in Milford, Del.

Grapperhaus was chosen to be Miss Delaware in the Delmarva Beauty Pageant in 1954, before...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 12:00am

Charles François ‘Charlie’ Khom, 84

Charles François “Charlie” Khom, 84, passed away peacefully at home on Oct. 17, 2019.

As a young boy, he worked with his brothers in the family’s typewriter repair company. Khom left home at age 18 and emigrated to the United States. He...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 12:00am

Penny G. Lewis, 61

Penny G. Lewis, 61, of Selbyville, Del., passed away and went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, as the result of an automobile accident. She was born in Nassawadox, Va., on Jan. 23, 1958, daughter of the late Orville and Grace...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 12:00am

Victor A. Olszewski, 89

Victor A. Olszewski, 89, passed away at his home in Fenwick Island, Del., on Monday, Oct. 14, 2019. He was born on Feb. 15, 1930, in Baltimore, Md., to Martin and Katherine Olszewski, and was raised with two brothers and two sisters in a Polish...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 12:00am

Martin ‘Vincent’ Parker Sr., 61

Martin “Vincent” Parker Sr., 61, passed away on Sept. 28, 2019, due to complications of head trauma from a 2013 work-related accident. He was born Oct. 18, 1957, in Baltimore, Md., and raised in Clarksville, Del., by his paternal uncle and aunt,...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 12:00am

Harry David Ritchie Jr., 79

Harry David Ritchie Jr., 79, of Millville, Del., passed away peacefully at home on Oct. 1, 2019, surrounded by his loving family and friends. He was born July 18, 1940, in Wilmington, Del., to the late Harry David Ritchie Sr. and Grace Rosebush...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 12:00am

David M. Seiler, 80

David M. Seiler, 80, of Ocean View, Del., formerly of Mitchellville, Md., passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, Del. He was born in Buffalo, N.Y., on Jan. 27, 1939, son...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 12:00am

Aud Sternly, 84

Aud Sternly, 84, a longtime resident of Ocean View, Del., and a resident of Atlantic Shores Nursing Home for more than three years, passed away on Oct. 7, 2019. She was born on July 24, 1935, in Skien, Norway.

Sternly traveled extensively...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 12:00am

Tom Toth, 76

Tom Toth, 76, of Long Neck, Del., died at home on Sept. 29, 2019, of complications from pancreatic cancer. He was born on Sept. 2, 1943, in Bethlehem, Pa., son of the late Stephen S. Toth and Goldie K. (Danyi) Toth.

Toth graduated from...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 12:00am

Thomas Robert 'Tony’ Vendemia, 80

Thomas Robert “Tony” Vendemia, 80, of Selbyville, Del., formerly of Adelphi, Md., passed away on Oct. 18, 2019, at the Milford Hospice Center. He was born Feb. 13, 1939, in Washington, D.C., son of the late Thomas Joseph Vendemia and Pauline...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 12:00am

Linda Susan Wood, 59

Linda Susan Wood, 59, of Selbyville, Del., passed away at home, with her family by her side, on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. She was born in Woodbury, N.J., daughter of the late William R. Doughty and Dorothy A. (Dougan) Doughty.

She was...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 12:00am

Preston E. ‘Prep’ Brasure, 70

Preston E. “Prep” Brasure, 70, of Bridgeville, Del., passed away on Oct. 8, 2019, after a long six-year battle with cancer. He was born March 11, 1949, in Clarksville, Del., son of Edith and Elwood Brasure.

To the end, he did things his...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 12:00am

Harry B. Carey Jr., 90

Harry B. Carey Jr., 90, passed away peacefully at his home on Aug 21, 2019. He was born in Philadelphia, Pa., to Harry B. Carey Sr. and Catherine Carey. He was a longtime resident of Linwood, Pa., before moving to Oak Orchard, Del.

Carey...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 12:00am

Marian Frank Cullen, 99

Marian Frank Cullen, 99, daughter of the late Vera Beaver-Frank and Leslie D. Frank of Kearney, Neb., passed away peacefully on Oct. 6, 2019. She was a beautiful redhead born on April Fools’ Day in 1920, bearing the nickname “Red” in her youth...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 12:00am

Ronald W. ‘Ron’ Farrell, 83

Ronald W. “Ron” Farrell, 83, of Rehoboth Beach, Del., formerly of Washington, D.C., passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family at home on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. He was born in New Haven, Conn., on Sept. 30, 1936, son of the late...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 12:00am

Chester Lewis ‘Greenie’ Green, 82

Chester Lewis Green, 82, known to many as “Greenie,” passed away, surrounded by his family, at home on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019. He was born on Dec. 30, 1936, in New Castle, Del., to the late Chester N. Green and Ella Lewis Green.

Green was...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 12:00am

Barry David Grim, 76

Barry David Grim, 76, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, at his home in Ocean View, Del. He was born May 23, 1943, a native of Boyertown, Pa.

Grim proudly served in the U.S. Army in Laos. After service to his country, he began his...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 12:00am

Penny G. Lewis, 61

Penny G. Lewis, 61, of Selbyville, Del., went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, as the result of an automobile accident. She was born in Nassawadox, Va., on Jan. 23, 1958, daughter of the late Orville and Grace Bailey.

...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 12:00am

Brenda J. Quillen, 69

Brenda J. Quillen, 69, of Seaford, Del., passed away on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, at Nanticoke Hospital in Seaford, Del. She was born on Dec. 12, 1949, daughter of the late Aubrey Dennis and the late Carrie (Truitt) Dennis.

Quillen worked...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 12:00am

Billie Lynn Rash, 79

Billie Lynn Rash, 79, of Georgetown, Del., formerly of Millsboro, Del., and Wilmington, Del., passed away on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, at Bayhealth in Milford Del.

She was a graduate of Millsboro High School and attended Goldey-Beacom in...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 12:00am

Mildred M. Simpson, 89

Mildred M. Simpson, 89, of Bishopville, Md., died Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, Md. She was born in Lancaster, Pa., daughter of the late Charles Myers and Elsie (Boose) Myers.

Simpson was preceded in death...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 12:00am

Ronald W. Smith Sr., 85

Ronald W. Smith Sr., 85, of South Bethany, Del., passed away suddenly on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, at Christiana Hospital. A native of Wilmington, Del., Smith grew up in the city, the son of John and Marion Smith, and grandson of Daniel and Bertha...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 12:00am

Myrna Elizabeth Willoughby, 78

Myrna Elizabeth Willoughby, 78, of Millsboro, Del., and formerly of Delaware County, Pa., passed peacefully at home, into the gates of heaven, on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, while surrounded by her loving family. She was born on April 30, 1941, and...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 12:00am

Helene Carol Baumbach, 73

Helene Carol Baumbach, 73, of Lewes, Del., formerly of Philadelphia and Holland, Pa., passed away on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford, Del. She was born and raised in Philadelphia, daughter of the late Max H....

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 9:37pm

Phyllis V. Booth, 82

Phyllis V. Booth, 82, of Selbyville, Del., died Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, at Harrison House in Georgetown, Del. She was born in Baltimore, Md., daughter of the late William Pleiss and Minnie (Hummer) Pleiss.

Booth retired from work in the...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 9:36pm

Robert Henry ‘Bob’ Davis, 84

Robert Henry “Bob” Davis, 84, passed away peacefully at home in Bethany Beach, Del., of congestive heart failure, on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. He was born in Washington, D.C.

Davis attended Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Md...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 9:35pm

John Henry Emig, 77

John Henry Emig, 77, of Millsboro, Del., formerly of Chesapeake Beach, Md., passed away on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, Del. He was born on Sept. 18, 1942, and raised in Washington, D.C., son of the late Warren Emig and...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 9:33pm

John Theodore ‘Ted’ Fort Sr., 89

John Theodore ‘Ted’ Fort Sr., 89, of Milton, Del., passed away on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, surrounded by his family at home. He was born on Jan. 25, 1930, in Washington, D.C., son of the late John Henry and Nettie Viola Fort.

Fort was a...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 9:32pm

John Christopher ‘Jack’ Goodwin, 92

John Christopher “Jack” Goodwin, 92, a 20-year resident of Rehoboth Beach, Del., passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, Del. He was born Feb. 11, 1927, in Ridley Township, Pa., to the late William Goodwin and Ethel...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 9:31pm

Ellsworth Franklin ‘Buddy’ Harbaugh Jr., 76

Ellsworth Franklin “Buddy” Harbaugh Jr., 76, loving husband and father, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, He was born in Pittsburg, Pa., on Sept. 22, 1943, to Ellsworth Franklin Harbaugh and Marion Wilson Harbaugh.

Harbaugh was a...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 9:29pm

Ruth Pearl Jones, 88

Ruth Pearl Jones, 88, of Millsboro, Del., passed away peacefully on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, surrounded by her loving family and in the care of VITAS Hospice at her home. She was born on April 24, 1931, to the late John Ennis and Caroline...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 9:28pm

Mary Lou Loveland, 83

Mary Lou Loveland, 83, of Millville, Del., passed away peacefully, surround by her loving family, on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. She was born in Wilmington, Del., prior to moving to Millville in 1973.

Loveland worked at Mountaire Farms in...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 9:26pm

Theodore Edward ‘Teddy’ Pawlik, 66

Theodore Edward “Teddy” Pawlik, 66, passed away peacefully at his home in Middlesex Beach, Del., on Sept. 27, 2019. He wished to paraphrase Samuel Clemens by declaring that “Rumors of his death are not greatly exaggerated!” He was born on New...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 9:24pm

John Minus Vickers, 81

John Minus Vickers, 81, of Lewes, Del., passed away peacefully on the morning of Sept. 23, 2019, at Harbor Health Care, Lewes, Del. He was born to Allen and Hilda Vickers on Sept. 9, 1938. He had eight brothers and three sisters.

He served...

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 12:13pm

Richard Dale ‘Rick’ Smith, 57

Richard Dale “Rick” Smith, 57, of Dagsboro, Del., passed away unexpectedly on Monday, Sept. 23, 2019. He was born in Wheeling, W.Va., on July 17, 1962, to the late Charles E. Smith and Freda Smith.

He was employed by Quality Heating &...

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 12:12pm

Deborah Simmons, 62

On Sept. 24, 2019, Deborah Simmons, 62, passed away suddenly, bravely losing a brief battle with ovarian cancer. She was born in May of 1957 outside Baltimore.

Simmons attended public schools and then began her career in retail management...

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 12:12pm

Phillip Dale Murray, 65

Phillip Dale Murray, 65, of Gumboro, Del., passed away on Sept. 30, 2019, in the care of Delaware Hospice and his loving family. He was born on April 3, 1954, in Lewes, Del., to the late Henry Dale and Marguerite Pettyjohn Murray.

Murray...

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 12:12pm

Lloyd Junior ‘Jay’ Kirby, 79

Lloyd Junior “Jay” Kirby, 79, of Lewes, Del., passed on from this life to the next on Sept. 23, 2019, with his wife and children by his side. He was born on April 12, 1940, in Freemont, N.C., one of six children of the late John Lloyd and Rebecca...

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 12:11pm

Morris E. ‘Cap’ Justice, 83

Morris E. “Cap” Justice, 83, of Dagsboro, Del., passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, at home on Tuesday, Sept. 2019. He was born in Williamsville, Del., on Nov. 10, 1935, son of the late Isaac E. Justice and the late Vina A. (...

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 12:10pm

Patricia F. ‘Pat’ Groff, 74

Patricia F. “Pat” Groff, 74, of Millsboro, Del., formerly of Port St. Lucie, Fla., and Newark, Del., passed away peacefully on Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, at Cadia Healthcare Renaissance in Millsboro, Del. She was born in Manhattan, N.Y., on Oct. 4,...

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 12:09pm

Paul Englert, 60

Paul Englert, 60, passed away unexpectedly in Selbyville, Del., on Sept. 3, 2019. He was born on April 17, 1959, in Baltimore, Md.

He graduated from the Gilman School in 1977 and from Yale University, with an economics degree, in 1981....

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 12:09pm

Dorothy B. Conaway, 85

Dorothy B. Conaway, 85, passed away peacefully into eternal glory at Milford (Del.) Hospice on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, while surrounded by her loving and adoring family, concluding her four-year fight against cancer. She was born July 13, 1934...

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 12:08pm

Edwin F. Widmer, 94

Edwin F. Widmer, 94, of Lewes, Del., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, at Harrison Senior Living in Georgetown, Del. He was born July 1, 1925, in Philadelphia, Pa., a son of the late Edwin Widmer and Louise (Megel) Widmer.

He was a...

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 10:59am

John Clinton Massey, 96

John Clinton Massey, 96, passed away on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019. He was born May 1, 1923, in Willards, Md., to the late Clinton and Wilsie J. Massey.

Massey was a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He was a 33rd-...

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 10:59am