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John Guzman, 72
SMYRNA - John Guzman of Smyrna, formerly of Newark, died Sunday, Oct. 4, 1998, in Kent General Hospital, Dover. He was 72.
Mr. Guzman was born Oct. 4, 1926, in Los Angeles, the son of the late John and Bertha Guzman. He moved to Delaware in 1971.
He had worked for Chrysler for 30 years, retiring in 1986.
He is survived by a son, John Guzman Jr. of Bear; and a daughter, Mary Guzman, also of Bear.
Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Tuesday in Lakeside Cemetery, North State Street, Dover.
Arrangements by Torbert Funeral Chapel, Dover.
Roger Thurman Johnson, 75
FRUITLAND, Md. - Roger Thurman Johnson of Fruitland died Friday, Oct. 2, 1998, in Genesis Eldercare Center, Salisbury. He was 75.
Mr. Johnson was born July 5, 1923, in Allen, the son of the late Sewell and Martha Shockley Johnson.
He attended the public schools in Wicomico County.
Mr. Johnson was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a retired former employee of Salisbury State University, Salisbury, and also was a taxicab driver for many years in the Salisbury-Fruitland area.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Louise Johnson Jones and Roseanna Johnson Horsey; one stepson, William Royal; and one stepgrandddaughter, Yolonda Royal.
He is survived by his wife, Gladys Williams Johnson; a son, Roger Johnson Jr.; a grandson, Roger Johnson III; three stepgrandsons, Durrell Dashiells of Fruitland and Allen Royal and Keith Mills, both of Salisbury; one stepgranddaughter, Pamela Griggs of Dover, Del.; a brother, Wallace Johnson of Salisbury; two brothers-in-law, Edward Wesson of Brooklyn, N.Y., and William Evans of Houston, Texas; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Ocean Gateway, Salisbury, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be 10 a.m. Tuesday in Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Beulah.
Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Salisbury.
Bertha V. Kemp, 91
MILFORD - Bertha V. Kemp of Milford died of respiratory failure Thursday, Oct. 8, 1998, in Milford Memorial Hospital. She was 91.
Mrs. Kemp and her late husband, Roy B. Kemp Sr., owned and operated Kempie's Dry Cleaners on Carlisle Lane in Milford from 1938-1967, when Mr. Kemp retired. She then operated the business herself from 1968-1975.
She was a member of Christ Episcopal Church, Milford.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1971.
She is survived by a son, Roy B. Kemp Jr. of Milford; three grandchildren, Margo K. Halton of Westfield, Mass., Roy B. Kemp III of Milford and Michael B. Kemp of Dover; and seven great-grandchildren.
Service will be 1 p.m. Monday at Lofland Funeral Home, 102 Lakeview Ave., Milford, where friends may call 6-8 p.m. Sunday.
Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Milford.
F. Elmer Robinson, 72
SMITHVILLE, Md. - F. Elmer Robinson of Smithville, near Federalsburg, died Thursday, Oct. 8, 1998, in Memorial Hospital at Easton. He was 72.
Mr. Robinson was born Aug. 20, 1926, in Chestnut Woods, also near Federalsburg, the son of the late Francis Elmer and Nellie Liden Robinson.
He was a graduate of Federalsburg High School, class of 1944.
Mr. Robinson, along with his family, for many years operated grain and poultry farms at Smithville.
He was a member of Bloomery United Methodist Church, where he had served as trustee, was a member of the finance committee and also served as the cemetery treasurer. He was also a member of the Caroline County Farm Bureau.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Earl Robinson and Walter Robinson; and two sisters, Agnes Workman and Alice Hubbard.
He is survived by his wife, Carol A. Dolby Robinson; two sons, E. Wayne Robinson and L. Gene Robinson, both of Federalsburg; two sisters, Brenda Kay Dean and Cindy R. Harris, both of Federalsburg; ten grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the Framptom-Hawkins-Eskow Funeral Home, Federalsburg, with the Rev. Glenn Lyburn, the Rev. Dan Walker and the Rev. Robert Thomas officiating.
Friends may call at the funeral home two hours prior to the service.
Burial will be in Bloomery Cemetery following the service.
Dianne E. Willey, 58
BRIDGEVILLE - Dianne E. Willey of Bridgeville died Wednesday, Oct. 7, 1998, in her home. She was 58.
Mrs. Willey had been employed by the town of Bridgeville as the police department secretary for 1212 years.
She was a member of Union United Methodist Church and active in its choir. She also was a member of Strikes and Spares Bowling Team of the Wednesday Night Bowling League, Seaford, for may years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, N. James Willey, in 1972.
She is survived by three sons, Lance J. Willey and Clay C. Willey, both of Bridgeville, and Chris A. Willey of Mount Tremper, N.Y.; her mother, Hildred A. Collins of Bridgeville; and two grandchildren, Jim Willey and Stacey Willey, both of Bridgeville.
Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Union United Methodist Church, Market and Laws streets, Bridgeville, where friends may call one hour before the service.
Burial will be in Bridgeville Cemetery.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be sent to Union United Methodist Church, Attn.: Bell Choir, 2 Laws St., Bridgeville, DE 19933.
Arrangments by H.E. Hardesty and Sons Funeral
Irene C. Fouraker, 83
LEWES - Irene C. Fouraker of Lewes died Thursday, Oct. 8, 1998, in her home. She was 83.
Mrs. Fouraker was born Dec. 10, 1914, in Laurel, the daughter of the late Phillip F. Hall and Lucy E. Willen.
She was a homemaker.
Mr. Fouraker was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the Mary Martha Circle.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, George A. Steele, in 1957, and her second husband, Charles E. Fouraker, in 1982.
She is survived by a son, Albert M. Steele of Milford, a daughter, Peggy Lymaster, of Lewes, a stepson, Alvin Steele of Seaford, five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Service will be 2 p.m. Monday at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, 1449 Kings Highway, Lewes, where friends may call one hour prior to service. The Rev. Charles Moyer will preside.
Burial will be in Epworth Methodist Cemetery, Rehoboth Beach.
Arrangements made by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium.
Shirley H. Baldwin, 64
REHOBOTH BEACH - Shirley H. Baldwin of Midway Estates, Rehoboth Beach, died of heart failure Thursday, Oct. 8, 1998, in Beebe Medical Center, Lewes. She was 64.
Mrs. Baldwin was born Oct. 29, 1933, in Wilmington, the daughter of the late Ellsworth H. Horney and Tylethea Ege.
She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Baldwin was a member of New Covenant Presbyterian Church, Rehoboth Beach, and a member of the Beebe Medical Center Auxiliary.
She is survived by her husband, Melvin C. Baldwin of Rehoboth Beach; three daughters, Bonnie M. MacGregor of Fayetteville, N.C., Wendie B. Lovell of Garland, Texas, and Melanie Baldwin of Lewes; two brothers, Edward Horney of Milford and William Horney of Newark; a sister, Romaine James of Claymont; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Memorial service will be today at Atkins-Lodge Chapel of Parsell Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 1449 Kings Highway, Lewes, with Chaplain Thomas A. MacGregor and the Rev. Jamie Swalm officiating.
Burial will be private.
The family suggests memorial contributions be sent to the New Covenant Presbyterian Church - PCA, Building Fund, Del. 1, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971.
Richard William Boulden Sr., 84
BELLEVUE, Md. - Richard William Boulden Sr. of Bellevue, formerly of Unionville, died Wednesday, Oct. 7, 1998, in Memorial Hospital at Easton. He was 84.
Mr. Boulden was born Oct. 9, 1913, the son of the late Theodore and Elizabeth Boulden.
He was educated in the public school system of Talbot County. He then went to work with the Maryland State Highway Administration, and remained with them until retiring with full benefits and honors in November 1978.
Mr. Boulden was a quiet, conservative and very personable gentleman; thus, retirement gave him even more time for his private pastime, playing the guitar.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his former wife, Marie; and a sister, Eleanor Roberts of Baltimore.
He is survived by his wife, Nannie Mae Boulden of Bellevue; two sons, the Rev. Maurice Brooks of Salisbury and Richard W. Boulden Jr. of Unionville; a daughter, Marie Boulden Martin of Columbus, Ohio; three stepsons, Nicholas E. Turner Jr., Gilbert Maurice Turner and Paul Randall Turner, three brothers, Theodore Boulden of Buffalo, N.Y., Charles Boulden of Easton and James Boulden of Unionville; two sisters, Bertha Harris of Unionville and Ernestine Boulden of Easton; seven grandsons, Dayrl Boulden of Detroit, Derek Martin and Mitchell Martin, both of Columbus, Michael Martin of Pensacola, Fla., Michael Boulden of Decatur, Ga., Keith Tripp of Easton and Aaron Martin of Columbus; four granddaughters, Angela Boulden and Deneen Boulden, both of Decatur, Krystal Martin of Columbus and Tana Potter of Easton; 17 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Service will be 1 p.m. Monday at St. Stephen's AME Church, Unionville, where friends may call two hours prior to the service.
Burial will be in Unionville Cemetery.
Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Easton.
Raymond D. Crowder, 69
MILLSBORO - Raymond D. Crowder of Millsboro, and formerly of Wilmington, died Wednesday, Oct. 7, 1998, of respiratory failure in Beebe Medical Center, Lewes. He was 69.
Mr. Crowder was born in Upland, Pa., the son of the late Joseph R. and Desma E. Fitzgerald Crowder.
He was a merchant mariner with the Sun Oil Co., Marcus Hook, Pa., retiring in 1978 after about 25 years.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Georgianna Miller Crowder, in 1979; a son, Raymond D. Crowder Jr.; a daughter, Virginia M. Chaffee; a granddaughter, Renee L. Mitchell; and a setpgranddaughter, Kimberly Sue Sammons.
He is survived by three sons, Robert H. Crowder of Upper Chichester, Pa., Gary W. Crowder of West Chester, Pa., and Steven T. Crowder of Hockessin; five daughters, Mary Ann Cheyney and Candy M. Adkinson, both of Boothwyn, Pa., Christine D. Romano and Denise F. Crowder, both of Claymont, and Carol E. Mitchell of Trainer, Pa.; two stepdaughters, Wanda S. Sammons of Dagsboro and Nancy Ann Winter of Millville; a sister, Marion Schnebelle of Boynton Beach, Fla.; and 17 grandchildren.
Private graveside service will be 1 p.m. Monday at the Siloam United Methodist Church Cemetery in Booths Corner, Pa., with the Rev. Samuel Tyrens officiationg.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests donations to the American Lung Association of Delaware, 625 S. State St., Dover, DE 19901.
Arrangements by Watson Funeral Home, Millsboro.
Florence E. Davis, 85
CLAYTON - Florence E. Davis of Clayton died Thursday, Oct. 8, 1998, in the Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill, Smyrna. She was 85.
Mrs. Davis was born Sept. 8, 1913, in Wilmington, the daughter of the late William D. and Lillian Tribbitt Lore.
She was a homemaker.
She is survived by four sons, George F. Davis of Smyrna, Donald B. Davis of Newark, Robert W. Davis of Millsboro and Arthur D. Davis of Etters, Pa.; three daughters, Louise E. Pryor of Newport News, Va., Shirley L. Gonzalez of Smyrna, and Mary Ellen Haas of Florence, Miss.; 19 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Service will be 11 a.m. Monday at Faries Funeral Chapel, 29 S. Main St., Smyrna, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Smyrna.
David W. Keddie, 42
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. - David W. Keddie of Hollywood died of liver and kidney failure Thursday, Oct. 8, 1998, in Memorial General Hospital, Hollywood. He was 42.
Mr. Keddie was born in Providence, R.I., the son of William J. Keddie of Wyoming, Del., and the late Joanne Servant Keddie.
He later moved to Fairport, N.Y., where he graduated from high school. He had been a resident of Dover, Del., for a short time before moving to Florida in 1981.
Mr. Keddie had owned and operated a locksmith business in the Hollywood area for many years.
In addition to his father, he is survived by two brothers, Douglas Keddie and John Keddie, both of Berkeley Springs, W.Va.; three sisters, Deborah Powell of Wyoming, Donna Turturici of Worcester, Mass., and Mary Manson of Ramstein Air Base, Germany; and several nieces and nephews.
Mass of Christian burial will be 10 a.m. Monday at Holy Cross Catholic Church, South State Street, Dover.
Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Dover.
Arrangements by Michael J. Ambruso Funeral Director Inc., Dover.
Hedwig Sophie Oertel, 96
CENTREVILLE, Md. - Hedwig Sophie Oertel of Centreville died Friday, Oct. 9, 1998, in the Jean Jugan Residence, Newark, Del. She was 96.
Mrs. Oertel was born June 1, 1902, in Karlsruhe, Germany, the daughter of the late Arthur Karl and Rose Marie Moser, and the only surviving child of six.
In 1929, she came to the United States at age 27, and became a citizen, residing in Brooklyn, N.Y. She married William Karl Oertel Dec. 31, 1930; they then resided on Long Island, N.Y. They moved to Princess Anne in 1931, and began farming together there.
In 1934, Mr. and Mrs. Oertel moved to Centreville. While farming there, Mrs. Oertel worked for the Stevens family on Northwest Point Farm, and then, for the Fahnestock family on Readbourne Estate.
She was a lifetime member of the Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church, Centreville, and a member of the Altar and Rosary Society there.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Feb. 18, 1978.
She is survived by to sons, Peter Carl Oertel and Anton Arthur Oertel, both of Centreville; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral Mass will be 11 a.m. Monday at the Jean Jugan Residence, 185 Salem Church Road, Newark, where friends may call one hour before the service.
Graveside burial service will be 1:30 p.m. Monday at St. Peter's Catholic Church, Queenstown; family and friends are invited to attend.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Jean Jugan Residence, 185 Salem Church Road, Newark, DE 19713, in thanks for the loving care that was given.
Arrangements by Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home, Centreville.
Lillie Mae Peterson, 94
MILFORD - Lillie Mae Peterson of Milford died Friday, Oct. 9, 1998, in Christiana Hospital, Newark. She was 94.
Mrs. Peterson worked for Modern Laundry in Milford for 35 years before retiring in 1960.
She was a member of the Lighthouse Christian Center, Milford.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Edward Peterson, in 1971.
She is survived by four daughters, Florence Hall of Wilmington, Pearl Breeding of Lincoln and Sallie Stratton and Lillie E. ''Winkie'' Helmick, both of Milford; 12 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
Graveside service will be 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in Odd Fellows Cemetery, North Walnut Street, Milford.
Arrangements by Lofland Funeral Home, Milford.
Lamar W. 'Midge' Schrader, 89
NEWARK - Lamar W. ''Midge'' Schrader of Newark, and formerly of Locust Dale, Pa., died Thursday, Oct. 8, 1998, in his daughter's residence in Dover. He was 89.
Mr. Schrader was born March 20, 1909, in Locust Dale, the son of the late William and Mary Schrader.
He was a coal miner for Reading Coal and Iron in Locust Dale for 40 years. Then, he worked for Haveg of the Marshallton area, manufacturing fiberglass underground-storage tanks, until retiring at age 65.
Mr. Schrader enjoyed hunting and fishing, and was an avid Phillies baseball fan.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ollie Schrader, in 1967; and a daughter, Charlotte Wehry, who died earlier this year.
He is survived by a son, Lamar Schrader Jr. of Morrisville, Pa.; a daughter and son-in-law, Shirley and Lee Morgan of Dover; a sister, Hannah Horbach of Ashland, Pa.; eight grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Service will be 2 p.m. Monday in the chapel of Gracelawn Memorial Park, Minquadale, where friends may call 45 minutes before the service.
Arrangements by Torbert Funeral Chapel, Dover.