Samuel Bruce Dickson,
Samuel Bruce Dickson, 69, of Angola Beach, returned to Our Heavenly Father Friday, May 5, 2006.
Born November 23, 1936, his journey honed and sharpened him to a true Renaissance man. A noted U.S. Marine, police officer and member of Masonic Lodge 775 Steelton-Swatara, Pa., Sam was respected as a leader as well as a contributor.
His creative skills were dedicated to 20-plus years of lead electrical service at the Community General Osteopathic Hospital in Harrisburg, Pa., to part-time electrician at his second home, American Legion Post 28 Oak Orchard/Riverdale.
A devoted member of The Church of the Latter Day Saints, he is now reunited with his son, Michael B. Dickson; father Fred B. Dickson; and mother, Evelyn P. Dickson.
Sam’s lifelong dream became a reality in 1995 when he moved to Angola Beach to tinker in his shop, boat as he pleased, take cruises and dance with his wife.
His memory is sustained by his sons, Timothy Dickson of Lewes, Christopher Dickson of Middletown, Pa., Robert Stalter Jr. of Reston, Va.; and his daughter, Cara Hinderer of Millsboro; but none more strongly that by his wife, dance partner, first mate and love of his life, Cynthia K. Dickson.
Services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, May 19, at the Delaware Veterans Memorial cemetery, 100 Patriots Way, Millsboro. A luncheon will follow at American Legion Post 28, Route 24, east of Millsboro.
Donations in his honor can be made to American Legion Post 28 Oak Orchard/Riverdale or Alcoholics Anonymous, Lewes Chapter.
Arrangements by Parsell Atikins & Lodge Funeral Home and Crematorium, Lewes.
Lelia V. Pittard,
Lelia V. Pittard, 86, of Georgetown, passed away Tuesday, May 8, 2006, at Harrison Senior Living in Georgetown.
Mrs. Pittard was born in Harbeson, the daughter of the late Harry and Jennie Dodd Veasey.
She was an executive secretary with the American Cancer Society, retiring in 1979.
Mrs. Pittard was a member of the Georgetown Presbyterian Church and its women’s auxiliary. She was also a member of the Indian River Yacht Club and Women’s Democrat Club.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Pittard was preceded in death in 1979 by her husband, Thomas J. Pittard.
She is survived by her daughter, Janet Isaacs of Georgetown; two grandsons, Trey Isaacs and wife Susan of Milton and Tommy Isaacs and wife Stacy of Milton; one great-grandson, Jackson Isaacs of Milton; and a niece, Betty Ann Donaway of Millsboro.
Services will be held at noon, Friday, May 12, in the chapel of Short Funeral Services, 609 E. market St., Georgetown, where friends may call after 11 a.m. Burial will be in Union cemetery, Georgetown.
Contributions are suggested to Georgetown Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 46, Georgetown DE 19947 or Delaware Hospice, 20167 Office Circle, Georgetown DE 19947.
Frank J. Michel,
Frank J. Michel, 81, of Millsboro and formerly of Baltimore, Md., died Monday, May 8, 2006, at Beebe Medical Center, Lewes.
Mr. Michel was born in Baltimore to the late John Henry and Genevieve Duffy Michel. He was in plumbing before his retirement.
He was a World War II veteran and a Korean War veteran, serving in the U.S. Navy.
He is survived by his loving wife, Mary E. Godsland Michel; a son, Daniel A. Michel and wife Judy; and four grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, May 21, at Gardens of Faith Memorial Gardens, 5598 Trumps Mill Rd., Baltimore.
Arrangements by the Long Neck Chapel of Melson Funeral Services.
Charles Frederickson Jr.,
Charles F. Frederickson Jr., 82, of Harbeson, passed away May 6, 2006 at home.
He was born in Philadelphia, Pa., on July 8, 1923, the son of the late Charles F. and Mary Murray Frederickson.
Mr. Frederickson was a licensed professional engineer with Bell Laboratories before his retirement.
He was a member of the American Legion Post 28, Millsboro and the VFW Post 7447 of Rehoboth Beach. He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War, serving in the U.S. Army.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded by a son, David Frederickson.
He is survived by his loving wife, Lucille; four sons, Paul, Steven, Roy and Leo Frederickson; two brothers, Bill Frederickson and Jim Frederickson; two sisters, Anne Hassel and Jean Steckler; and six grandchildren.
Services were held in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Denville, N.J., with burial in the family plot in Denville.
Arrangements by Melson Funeral Services, Long Neck.
Arthur Jay Thompson Jr.,
retired assembly worker
Arthur Jay Thompson Jr., 85, of The Villages, Fla., died Thursday, May 4, 2006, at The Villages Hospice House.
Mr. Thompson was born Aug. 26, 1920 in Frankfort, N.Y. He had worked as an assembly worker for General Motors, retiring 20 years ago. He and his wife moved to Florida from Millsboro, in 2000. He had served in the US Army during World War II. Mr. Thompson was a member of the 445th Mini Group of World War II veterans. He enjoyed fishing and golfing.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Margaret A. “Peggy” Dolan Thompson; and several nieces and nephews.
A visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to noon, Friday May 12, with a committal service to follow at 1 p.m. in the Chapel at Delaware Veterans Memorial cemetery
Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of Lake & Sumpter County at the Villages for Hospice, 601 Casa Bella, The Villages, FL 32162-9985.
Arrangements by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Lewes.
Velma C. Barthelmess,
Velma Catherine Barthelmess, 91, went to be with the Lord Monday, April 24, 2006.
She was born Feb. 1, 1915, in Halifax, N.C., the daughter of the late Julius A. and Pearl Baker. She was predeceased by her husband, George M. Barthelmess, who passed in 1988, and was formerly from Collingdale, Pa.
She leaves a son, George M. Barthelmess Jr., with whom she lived since 1995, in Pinewater Farms, Harbeson; and a daughter, Ramona Mae McIntyre and her husband, Jim, of Bethlehem, Pa. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Dawn Michele Stewart of Fenwick Isand, Daryl J. Barthelmess and wife Danielle of Bethany Beach; daughter Emma and son Drew, who was born April 24, 2006; and four great-grandchildren. She is also survived by Timothy McIntyre and his wife Rachel and their children, Erin and Shannon of Knoxville, Tenn.; and Cathy McIntyre of Bethlehem, Pa.
A memorial service is set for 11 a.m., Saturday, May 20, at Conley’s United Methodist church, 22150 Robinsonville Road, Lewes.
Donations are suggested to Conley’s Chapel or Delaware Hospice, 66 N. DuPont Hwy., Suite 107, Georgetown DE 19947.
Charles C. Waters,
retired truck driver
Charles C. Waters, 79, of Bishopville, Md., died Tuesday, may 9, 2006, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Salisbury, Md.
Charles was a member of St. Johns 2nd Baptist Church in Mt. Joy near Millsboro where he served as an usher. He loved to hunt, farm and joking with people he loved.
He had been a truck driver for Perdue Farms for many years.
He is survived by his wife, Florine E. Waters of Bishopville; a son, Troy Ricketts of Lincoln; three daughters, Jean E. Smith of Frankford, Dyniece Ricketts of Salisbury and Brenda Ricketts of Bishopville; seven sisters, Viola Moore of Millsboro, Edna Wooford of Frankford, Leetta Boykin of Frankford, Lilly M. Purnell of Dover, Josephine Jackson of Millsboro, Paulene Lewis of Georgetown and Jocelyn Bailey of Newark; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 13, at St. Johns 2nd Baptist Church, Mt. Joy, where friends may call after 11 a.m. The Rev. Annie Jane Custis will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Arrangements by Watson Funeral Home, Millsboro.
John Wesley Morris,
Groome choir member
John Wesley “Jack” Morris, 80, of Lewes, passed away Thursday May 11, 2006, at Harbor Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center in Lewes.
Jack and his twin brother Tom, the sons of Thomas B. and Elizabeth Steelman Morris, were born in Beebe Hospital Sept. 10, 1925. Their mother died in childbirth, and the twins were reared by their aunt and uncle, Lena and Raymond Carpenter, on their dairy farm near Lewes. Jack was attracted to the land and as a lad of 10 started cultivating the soil. He continued the practice into adulthood, and after inheriting the farm, he oversaw its agricultural use until his death. Disturbed by the loss of agricultural acreage to development, Jack and his wife in recent years placed the farm in the Delaware Farmland Preservation Program.
Following graduation from Lewes High School in 1943, he joined the Merchant Marine and traveled the world during the remaining years of World War II. He operated an ESSO service station at Thompson’s Corner, now the site of McDonald’s, for eight years in the 1950s. Upon relinquishing the business, he was employed for the next 27 years by ExxonMobil out of Salisbury, Md., as a motor tank salesman.
Simultaneously, he and his wife operated Jack’s Trailer Park at Midway, now the site of the Rehoboth Mall. For several years in partnership with Earl Warrington, he operated Midway Fuel Co.
A consistently active member of Groome United Methodist Church of Lewes for the past half-century, Jack was honored in 2003 by a resolution of the Administrative Council upon completion of his lengthy service as chairman of the council. He sang in the church choir and enjoyed singing with Bill Earl’s Men’s Chorus. He was a 32nd-degree Mason and member of Jefferson Masonic Lodge 15 in Lewes.
Jack was predeceased in 2004 by his wife of 54 years, the former Helen Downs, and also by their daughter April Beauchamp, his twin brother Thomas and sisters Margaret Barbarita, Marie McMakin and Betty Chapman.
He is survived by daughter Patricia Morris; grandchildren Shelly Beauchamp of Brigantine, N.J. and John Beauchamp of Lewes; former sons-in-law Gary Price and William Beauchamp; sisters-in-law Hazel Brittingham and Lois Downs, several nieces and nephews, and special caregiver, Grenda Coombs.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Monday, May 15, 2006, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 16961 Kings Highway, Lewes, where friends may call one hour prior to services. Burial will follow at Bethel Methodist cemetery
In lieu of flowers contributions are suggested to Groome United Methodist Church Building Fund, PO Box 299, Lewes, DE 19958 or to a favorite charity of choice.
Walter E. Patterson,
World War II veteran
Walter E. “Pat” Patterson, 81, formerly of Leisure Point, Long Neck, passed away Saturday, May 6, 2006, peacefully surrounded by family at the home of his loving granddaughter and her husband, Vicki and Ed Rodriguez.
Pat was a Naval petty officer 1st class in World War II and survived D-Day in Normandy. Pat retired from the DuPont Co., Edgemoor Plant, with 38 years of service. He loved life and cherished the company of his family, especially his great grandchildren. He also enjoyed spending time with friends at American Legion Post 28. Pat was a huge fan of the Phillies, Eagles and Notre Dame.
He is survived by his daughters, Jean Bennett and her husband Richard, Patricia Bailey and her husband Butch, and Sharon Justice; stepsons Daniel, Patrick and Michael McLaughlin and their wives; 14 grandchildren; and 14 great grandchildren.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visitation on Thursday evening, May 11, from 6-8 pm at the Doherty Funeral Home, 3200 Limestone Rd., Pike Creek. A committal service will be at 1 p.m., Friday, May 12, at the chapel of the Delaware Veterans Memorial cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Rd., Bear.
Mila Jean Behlke,
Eastern Star past matron
Mila Jean Behlke, 73, of Denton, Md., died Tuesday, May 9, 2006, in Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Salisbury, Md.
Mrs. Behlke was born in Andersontown, Md., daughter of the late Dallas and Meriam (Wheatley) Neal.
She was a manager for Calvert Merriken in Denton. She worked for Delmarva Power. She also worked for McCrone in Denton and had been a salesperson for Nanticoke Homes. Lastly, she worked for Douglas Guardian of Houston, Texas, since 1995.
Mrs. Behlke was past matron of the Caroline chapter Order of the Eastern Star 62, an active member of 4-H Club, a past member of the Maryland Horse Show Association and the American Horse Show Association, where she served 10 years on the board of directors and was a show steward for both organizations; a past member of EE Streets Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, a member of the Caroline American Legion Post 29 Auxiliary in Denton, a member of the Caroline Business & Professional Women’s Club, a member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Denton and Concord United Methodist Church in Concord.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard F. Behlke, who died May 29, 2001; and a son, Richard A. Behlke, who died on May 8, 1954.
She is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Sylvia and Thomas “Biddy” Trice, and Sheila Behlke, all of Denton; three brothers, D. Wheatley Neal of Federalsburg, Md., J.D. Neal and Keith A. Neal, both of Denton; three sisters, Mary Katherine Elzy of Cambridge, Md., Myrtle Ann Scott of Hickman, and Janet Reed of Milton; and seven grandchildren, Nicole Benchoff, Amanda Benchoff, David Benchoff, Devon Benchoff and his wife Brandy, Bryan Trice and Thomas Trice II, all of Denton, and Richie Trice and his wife Amy, of Greensboro, Md.; and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services and an Eastern Star service will be at 1 p.m., Friday, May 12, in Moore Funeral Home P.A., 12 S. Second St., Denton, where friends may call one hour earlier.
Burial will be in the Denton cemetery.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Concord United Methodist Church, c/o Susan Neal, 8491 Andersontown Road, Denton, MD 21629.