Robert A. Thompson,
Robert A Thompson, 84, of Lewes, went to be with the Lord on June 11, 2006. He died peacefully in the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Jim Travis.
Robert was reunited with his beloved wife Marietta who preceded him in death 20 years ago. Robert was a World War II veteran who served in the U.S. Navy. Although he didn’t talk much about the war, he was considered a hero. His battalion was the first to storm the beach at Normandy. After four years of service in the Navy, he then earned a degree in tool and die engineering. He retired from Dresser Wayne Industries in November 1979. Robert was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Lewes, and had served as a volunteer for Hospice.
Until his health wouldn’t permit, he met weekly with his friends at the Cape Henlopen Senior Center in Rehoboth Beach to pursue his favorite hobby of carving.
Robert is survived by three children, Dale Thompson and his wife Candy; Daphne Baca and her husband Paul, and Deborah Travis and her husband Jim. Also surviving are his grandchildren Tonya Braun and husband Christopher, Heather Thompson, Benjamin Holston, Matthew Holston and his wife Jay, Jim Travis and his wife Sheri, Sean Travis and his wife Lillian, & Justin and Chad Travis. He also had three great-grandchildren: Timothy and Nathan Braun and Thomas Hayden Travis. He also had many dear friends and one very special friend, Shirley Hennessy.
Funeral services will be Thursday, June 15, at noon at the First Baptist Church, Kings Highway, Lewes, with Pastor David Munro officiating. A viewing will be held one hour prior to the service from 11 a.m. Burial will be held at 11 a.m., Monday June 19, at Fort Logan National cemetery, Denver, Colo.
Maj. James W. Hajek,
Maj. James Walter Hajek, Sr. Ret., 87, of Milton died Saturday June 10, 2006.
He was the former spouse of Audrey Hajek of Holbrook, NY. He was born Feb. 27, 1919, in Rego Park, N.Y., the son of the late James and late Rosie Hajek.
He enjoyed collecting stamps with the Sussex County Stamp Club, windsurfing, and was a member of the Polar Bear Club, He loved the beach and ran a 5K race in his 80s. He was a major in the U.S. Army before retiring and then served the federal government as a civilian. While in the military he was an infantry unit tank commander, He served in World War II European Theater, Northern France, The Rhineland, Central Europe, African Mid-Eastern Theater, and Asiatic Pacific Theater. He received the Bronze Star, American Defense Medal and Purple Heart. He also served in Vietnam.
Surviving in addition to his former wife are sons and daughters-in-law Paul and Lee Hajek of Woodbine, N.J., and James Jr. and Linda Hajek of Eldersburg, N.Y.; a daughter and son-in-law Catherine and Jim Thomas of Columbia, Md. He is also survived by five grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandson. Funeral services are set Thursday, June 15, at 8 p.m., at Burrier-Queen Funeral Home, 1212 W. Old Liberty Rd. Winfield, Md. with the Pastor Dr. Ann Boyd of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Interment will be in Arlington National cemetery
Friday, Aug. 4. For those attending please be at the cemetery administration office no later than 12:30 p.m. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday, June 15, 2-4 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the National Alliance of Mental Illness, Donor Service, PO Box 630577 Baltimore, MD 21263-0577.
Katherine R. Still,
owned doll business
Katherine R. “Kitty” Still, 86, of Smyrna died Monday, June 5, 2006, in her home.
Mrs. Still was born Oct. 10, 1919, in Clayton, daughter of the late Medford and Ella (Thomas) Davis. She worked as a waitress for several years and later opened a doll-making business in her home. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Joseph Still II, in 1999; and a son, Harry Joseph Still III.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Ronal M. and Linda Still of Smyrna; a daughter, Betty Jane Schools of Smyrna; two brothers, Medford Davis Jr. of Lewes and Irving Davis of Clayton; a sister, Serena Maloney of Clayton; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Services were held in the Faries Funeral Chapel, Smyrna, with burial in Odd Fellows cemetery, Smyrna.
Doris Agnes Campbell,
Doris Agnes Campbell of Smyrna, 57, formerly of Milford, died Tuesday, June 6, 2006, in Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital, Dover.
Ms. Campbell was born Jan. 6, 1949, daughter of the late John Griffin and Naomi Campbell.
She was unable to attend traditional school, but was home schooled by the late Mrs. Woodson. She later attended Easter Seals of Georgetown.
One of her life’s desires was realized when she obtained employment at Kent-Sussex Industries in Milford. She could be found lounging on the front porch of the “homestead,” sipping on Pepsi or cracking her gum and waving to those who passed by. She was fond of warning folks to “watch your mouth and save your teeth,” meaning that you just might be talking too much.
Ms. Campbell was a member of Mt. Sinai Holy Tabernacle of Milford. Most recently, she attended Capitol Baptist.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Gail Russ and Gaye Russ.
She is survived by three brothers and a sister-in-law, Charles Russ of Fayetteville, N.C., Sylvester and Linda Campbell of Lewes and Mark Russ of Wilmington; 11 sisters and four brothers-in-law, Judy and Glenn Dromgoole of Garland, Texas, Diane and Pastor Wendell Thompson of Willingboro, N.J., Joelina Campbell and Jackqueline Russ, both of Dover, Matrethia “Retie” Campbell and Denice Russ, all of Milford, Lorraine Russ of Philadelphia, Pa., Bernice Smith of Raeford, N.C., Carla Griffin of Houston and Alfredia and David Durant of Frederica; and her faithful caregivers, Valerie Russ and Richard Butcher, both of Smyrna; two aunts, Margaret Evans of Smyrna and Nila Griffin of Milford; a great-aunt, Ordessa Warren of Dover; an uncle, Fred Short of Selbyville; three special friends, Aubrey and Pam Cordrey and Denise Royce; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Services were held in the Mt. Sinai Holy Tabernacle Church, Milford, with burial in Williamsville cemetery.
Catherine E. Crompton.
St. Georges homemaker
Catherine E. Crompton, of St. Georges, passed away peacefully at St. Francis Hospital Thursday, June 8, 2006.
She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother and will be deeply missed and forever in our hearts. Mrs. Crompton was born in St. Georges, the daughter of the late Mary and Henry Evans. She graduated from Delaware City High School and Empire Cosmetology School. She is loved and remembered for her creative talent and kindness expressed to everyone in her life.
She is survived by her beloved husband of 48 years, James R. Crompton; three daughters, Mary Crompton of St. Georges, Cindy Crompton Barone and her husband, Michael, of Bear, and Jessica Lord and her husband, Ricky, of Lewes; three grandchildren, Cassie, Joshua and Mikala; and her sisters, Florence Wheatley of Bear and Elsie Lowell of Dallas, Texas.
A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 13, at Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home, 212 N. Broad Street, Middletown, with interment to follow in St. Georges cemetery.
The family suggests donations to the American Diabetes Association, 100 W. 10th St., Suite 1002, Wilmington, DE 19801. Arrangements by Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home.
C. Allen Graham,
retired from Brandywine
C. Allen Graham, 69, of Lewes, passed on peacefully Thursday, June 8, 2006, at his residence in Lewes.
Allen was born on Feb. 27, 1937 and was raised on the Eugene duPont Dogwood Estate in Greenville. He graduated from Alexis I. DuPont High School in Wilmington in 1954. He worked on the Dogwood Estate for a few years, and then worked at Jansen’s Market in Greenville. He then went to work at the Brandywine River Museum where he worked for 25 years. Allen moved to Rehoboth Beach and formed his own business, Seagull Services. He made many friends while in business and kept in touch with some of them through the years.
He was an avid NASCAR fan and enjoyed rooting on his favorite driver Jeff Gordon. He also enjoyed going to the Delmar dirt track on Saturday evenings, especially to watch the Pettyjohns race. Allen lived in Lewes with his partner of 10 years, Glenna Hahn. With his expertise in landscaping he made their property a showplace that he was extremely proud of.
Allen is survived by two sisters, Marge Lake and husband Fred, and Cathy Jester; a brother, Sam Graham and his wife Patty; nieces Barbara, Debbie, Karen, Cindy and Sandy; nephews Stephen and Doug; and Glenna’s two daughters, Jennifer and Holly. He is also survived by his close friends Harvey Braedner, Andy Roth, Joe Holsey and Joe Taggart.
Services will be private. Donations may be sent to a favorite charity. Arrangements by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Lewes.
Jay Stevenson, 67, of Dagsboro, died Saturday, June 10, 2006, at Beebe Medical Center, Lewes.
Mr. Stevenson worked for Delmarva Power, Indian River Plant in Dagsboro for 34 years, beginning as a lineman and retiring in 1995 as the maintenance foreman. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving on the submarine U.S.S. Thornback.
He was born in New York City Dec. 9, 1938. He was preceded in death by his parents Charles T. and Marie Neville Stevenson.
He was a member of the Country Chapel near Millsboro and a member of Doric Lodge A.F.&A.M. 30 in Millville, the National Street Road Association, the Bay Shore Hot Rod Association and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. He and his wife touched the lives of many children, serving as foster parents for the past 15 years.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Deborah Lockwood Stevenson; three children, Jay Stevenson and his wife Kristi of Ingleside, Texas, Kimberly Adams and her husband Troy of Washington, D.C. and Eric F. Stevenson of Dagsboro; one stepbrother, Samuel Warrington of Georgetown; and three grandchildren, Jay Cody Stevenson, Neesa Aubree Stevenson and Maximus Dale Adams,. Services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, June 15, at the Grace U.M. Church, Church and Morris streets, Millsboro., Friends may call at Watson Funeral Home, 211 Washington St., Millsboro, from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, June 14, where there will be a Masonic service at 8 p.m. Donna Rayne and Philip Daisey will officiate. Contributions are suggested to Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, PO Box 27106, Attn. Gloria Gunn, New York NY 10087.
Victor A. Capodanno Sr.,
Victor A. Capodanno Sr., 88, died at home after a long illness Sunday, June 4, 2006.
He was a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps. Vic was a four-year Army veteran of WWII, serving his country in the Pacific Theatre. He was a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus, a past grand knight and district deputy for Christopher Council No. 2, and a member of Bishop Mardaga Assembly. A devoted member of St. Helena’s Catholic Church, he served on the finance committee, the original parish council of 1976, and the athletic council. He was retired from the Delaware River and Bay Authority.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Jean Lesek; his daughter, Charlotte Arters, and her husband, Martin, of Wilmington; his son, Victor Jr., and his wife, Helen, of Lewes; four grandchildren, Vincent and Louis Capodanno, Dawn DeFino and Nicole Trader; four great-grandchildren; three brothers, Anthony Capodanno, Fiorentino Capodanno and Alphonse Capodanno; and a sister, Mary Pszczola.
Relatives and friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial Friday, June 9, at 11:30 a.m., at St. Helena’s Catholic Church, 602 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington. Interment will be private.
Donations may be made to St. Helena’s Catholic Church, 602 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington, DE 19809 or to Delaware Hospice, 3515 Silverside Road, Wilmington, DE 19810.
Raymond E. Musciano,
retired from Navy
By Roger Reed
Raymond Ercole Musciano, of Long Neck, died Monday, May 29, 2006.
Ray lived a quiet but active life in Long Neck, repairing clocks as a hobby, playing an organ and clarinet and listening to 1950s and 1960s music.
He moved to Long Neck Village in 1988 with his wife, Mary, who passed away a number of years ago.
Behind the eyes of this active 83-year-old man are dozens of tales about the history of America that many people only read about in books.
He entered the Navy in October 1942 and was honorably discharged in December 1966. He spent most of his years in the service living through significant pieces of American history. During that period, Ray served on board 14 different ships and a hat from each one hangs along the walls of his recreation room.
“I experienced some things very few people can say,” Ray once said.
He was aboard the USS Boston when it carried the Unknown Soldiers of World War II and Korea to the ship USS Canberra, which then took the bodies to Arlington National cemetery. He and more than 1,000 sailors stood at attention while the Soldiers were transported to the Canberra during the memorial service.
He was at sea when Franklin D. Roosevelt died, a day that was not on the ship’s log because they hit the international dateline in Japan and lost April 12, 1945, in the records. Ray was also aboard ship when it was ordered to participate in the Cuban missile crisis.
He was walking on the deck of the USS Arcadia when he heard that President John F. Kennedy had been shot. He remembered thinking to himself, “Oh no, not again. Not another president.”
On the ships, Ray worked in the machine shops but also was the ship’s disc jockey. He’d play records and announce the news to crew members. On one sad day for rock and roll, he had to make a sad announcement. “I was on the air when I was handed a wire that The Big Bopper (J.P. Richardson, Ritchie Valens and Buddy Holly were killed in a plane crash. I made that announcement on the air,” he said.
Ray traveled all over the world during his years in the Navy. He once said, “It’s easier to name the countries that I haven’t been to.”
He was in the service during three wars: World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Ray was also an interpreter when his ships visited Italy.
Through all his years in the Navy, he once said one of the scariest times was when the kamikaze planes were flying over his ship in World War II but Ray said he enjoyed every day of his naval career.
In later years in Long Neck, he joined the local Korean War Veterans Association, the U.S. Submarine Veterans Association, the American Legion, the VFW, the Italian Heritage Association, the US Navy Cruiser Sailors Association, the USS Boston Association and probably many other military-connected organizations that no one is aware of.
Ray was also an usher at his local Catholic Church in Millsboro.
Ray passed away in Beebe Medical Center Monday, Memorial Day, May 29, 2006 from a heart attack.
Members of the local N.J. VFW, the Delaware Korean War Veterans Association and the U.S. Submarine Veterans Association attended his viewing and church services in Stratford, N.J. Members of the KWVA and the USSVI stood casket guard during his services.
Ray was very proud of his Italian heritage and his military accomplishments. His services included military honors.
Ray was cremated and his ashes buried near his father in a private service in New Jersey.
He left a daughter, Ellie Gregory of Washington; three brothers, Mario, a Pearl Harbor survivor, and Lou of New Jersey and Charlie of Georgia, all veterans themselves. Another brother, Orlando, an Army veteran, passed away in 2002.
Raymond E. Musiciano will be greatly missed by his family and his many friends, acquaintances, church members and veterans.
David K. Angle
David K. “Kenny” Angle, 73, of Millsboro, and formerly of Middletown, passed away peacefully at home with loved ones at his side on June 5, 2006.
Born in Dover, Ken attended Brown Vocational in Wilmington. He served in the U.S. Air Force and also served 15 years in the Air National Guard. Ken was the owner and operator of a Sears Catalog store in Middletown, DE for 28 years. He was an avid Philadelphia Eagles’ fan and antique car enthusiast.
Ken was preceded in death by his oldest son, Mark Angle; his sister, Francis Adkins; and his parents, Eva M. Smith and David Angle of Providence, Md.
Ken is survived by his devoted wife, Patricia M. Angle; his sons, Mitchell Angle and his wife, Jen, of Newark, Matthew Angle and his wife, Carol, of Millsboro; and his daughter Marina Branner and her husband, J.C. of Warwick, Md. He is also survived by his seven beloved grandchildren, Mitchell, Samantha, Briana, and Angeline Angle; and Luke, Darren, and Daphne Branner.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend funeral services at noon, Saturday, June 10, at Daniels and Hutchison Funeral Home, 212 N. Broad St. Middletown. The visitation will be one hour before the service. Burial will be in the Forrest cemetery, Middletown.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in memory of Mr. Ken Angle to Delaware Hospice, 911 South DuPont Highway, Dover DE. 19901 or www.delawarehospice.org.