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Beatrice T. Betts, 90
DENTON, Md. - Beatrice T. Betts of Denton died of heart failure Wednesday, Oct. 28, 1998, in Caroline Nursing Home, Denton. She was 90.
Mrs. Betts was born on Kent Island, the daughter of the late John W. Tull and Lula Bessie Horney Tull.
She moved to Denton as a child and was a bookkeeper for Nuttle Lumber Co., Denton, retiring in the late 1970s.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Martin Green Betts, Oct. 16, 1967.
She is survived by a daughter, Shirley R. Betts of Denton.
Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Monday in Denton Cemetery.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Caroline Nursing Home, 520 Kerr Ave., Denton, MD 21629.
Arrangements by Moore Funeral Home P.A., Denton.
Ira M. 'Buddy' Billings, 55
SEAFORD - Ira M. ''Buddy'' Billings died Wednesday, Oct. 28, 1998, in Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore. He was 55.
Mr. Billings was a Korean War veteran of the U.S. Army, who had achieved the rank of sergeant (E-5) and was a drill sergeant.
He had owned and operated the First State Construction Co. of Seaford for 15 years, and then, was a welder for O.A. Newton and Sons of Bridgeville for 9 years.
Mr. Billings was a past member of Seaford Moose Lodge 1728, Seaford.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Luther and Della Billings; and by his wife of 14 years, Patricia A. Billings, in 1990.
He is survived by his fiancee of eight years, Joyce A. Chambers of Seaford; two sons, Greg A. Spicer and David F. Spicer, both of Laurel; a daughter, Christina M. Adkins of Sharptown, Md.; a brother, Homer Billings of North Carolina; six sisters, Linda Potts, Judy Cline and Patty Sue Ensore, all of North Carolina, Mary Lou Duran of Florida, Pearl Blalock of Seaford and Cory Arnold of Illinois; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nephews and nieces.
Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Short Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, with the Rev. Joseph Lecates presiding.
Friends may call at the funeral home two hours prior to the service.
Burial will be in Carey's Cemetery, Millsboro.
Ardis M. Carey, 78
FREDERICA - Ardis M. Carey of Frederica died Wednesday, Oct. 28, 1998, in Kent General Hospital, Dover. She was 78.
Mrs. Carey had worked in the family-owned business Peninsula Nurseries, of Selbyville, retiring in the early 1980s.
She is survived by three daughters, Patricia Johnson of Wilmington, Joyce Carey of West Chester, Pa., and Linda Lea Hoffecker of Dover; three grandchildren, Scott Hudson of Newark, Todd Hudson of Bear and Stephen Hoffecker of Dover; and a great-grandson, Justin Clark Hudson of Newark.
Service will be private.
Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel.
The family suggests memorial contributions be sent to Pals For Life, 939 Radnor Road, Wayne, PA 19087; or to Associated Services for the Blind, Attn.: Development Office, 919 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19107.
Arrangements by Pippin Funeral Home, Wyoming.
Ada Mae Davis, 70
RHODESDALE, Md. - Ada Mae Davis of Rhodesdale died of heart failure Tuesday, Oct. 27, 1998, in the University of Maryland Hospital, Baltimore. She was 70.
Mrs. Davis was born July 31, 1928, in Hurlock, the daughter of the late James Isaac Jenkins and Ada Johnson Jenkins.
She attended schools in Dorchester County.
Mrs. Davis was a homemaker and a factory worker.
She was a member of Wallace Temple AME Church, Rhodesdale.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James M. Davis Sr.; two brothers, James Rudolph Jenkins Sr. and Lester Jenkins; and a sister, Catherine J. Elbert.
She is survived two sons, Ronald L. Jenkins of Baltimore and James Moses Davis Jr. of Temple Hills; two daughters, Joyce Ann Jenkins Nichols of Dover, Del., and Barbara Diane Cooper of Hurlock; a brother, Rochell Jenkins of Chester, Pa.; a sister, Mary Virginia Cephas of Cambridge; six grandchildren, Jermaine Nichols of Fort Bragg, N.C., DoRhonja Nichols of Dover, Latasha Cooper of Salisbury, Desmon Nichols of Dover, Akai Cephas of Hurlock and Dontez Sampson of Kansas City, Mo.; and a niece, Delores Elbert Mosely, with whom she lived; and a host of nephews, other nieces, other relatives and friends.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Wallace Temple AME Church, Rhodesdale, where friends may call 6-8 p.m. today.
Burial will be in Thompson Chapel Cemetery, Thompsontown.
Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Hurlock.
Kathleen G. Davis, 78
DOVER - Kathleen G. Davis of Dover, and formerly of Lewes, died Wednesday, Oct. 28, 1998, in her home. She was 78.
Mrs. Davis was born in Salisbury, Md., the daughter of the late Raymond and Nellie Outten Guthrie.
She formerly served on the Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission.
Mrs. Davis was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Salisbury, and attended Bethel United Methodist Church in Lewes.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, E. Winfred Davis, in 1981.
She is survived by a son, Ernest W. Davis II of Dover; a daughter, Kristine A. Haner of Wilmington; a brother, Benjamin Guthrie of Springfield, Va.; a nephew; and several nieces.
Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Saturday in Parsons Cemetery, Salisbury.
Arrangements by Holloway Funeral Home P.A., Salisbury.
Mary Kathryn Lee, 55
CHESTER, Md. - Mary Kathryn Lee of Chester died Wednesday, Oct. 28, 1998, in the University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore. She was 55.
Mrs. Lee was born in Pennsylvania, the daughter of the late Frank Lynch and Mary A. Dorrell. She was raised in Grasonville and attended Stevensville High School.
She married Robert Lester Lee Jr. of Chester July 28, 1961.
She worked for Holly's Restaurant and Motel, Grasonville, as a waitress for 20 years. She later worked for Acme Supermarket, Centreville, in the meat and deli department, and for Chesapeake Publishing, delivering the local papers to Kent Island residents.
Mrs. Lee was a member of the First Baptist Church of Kent Island.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Sept. 12, 1997.
She is survived by three sons, Gary Michael Lee, Robert Lester Lee III and George Albert Lee, all of Chester; two daughters, Kathryn Eleanor Hyde and Arenthia Ann Butler, both of Grasonville; two brothers, Billy Lindner of Chester and Bobby Lindner of Stevensville; a sister, Joyce Ann Horney of Henderson; and seven grandchildren.
Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church, Kent Island, where family and friends may call 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Saturday.
Burial will be in Stevensville Cemetery, Stevensville.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to First Baptist Church of Kent Island, 300 State St., Stevensville, MD 21666; or to Kent Island Volunteer Fire Dept., PO Box 27, Stevensville, MD 21666.
Arrangements by Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home P.A., Chester.
Joseph Nicotra, 68
TOWNSEND - Joseph Nicotra of Townsend died Thursday, Oct. 28, 1998, in his home. He was 68.
Mr. Nicotra was born in Brooklyn, N.Y.
He was an Army veteran of the Korean War.
Mr. Nicotra worked for the Dymo Co. in Manhattan, and then for Norcom. He retired from the latter in 1993, and moved to Delaware from New York.
He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Middletown; the Korean War Veterans Association; and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 3792, Middletown, of which he was a lifetime member.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, June; three sons, Anthony of Piscataway, N.J., Vincent of Branchburge, N.J., and Joseph Jr. of Townsend; and five grandchildren.
Mass of Christian burial will be 11 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, West Cochran St., Middletown.
Friends may call 1-5 p.m. Sunday at the Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home, 212 N. Broad St., Middletown.
Burial will be in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to First State Hospice, 5165 W. Woodmill Drive, Suite 12, Wilmington, DE 19808.
Iva Ralph, 81
HARRINGTON - Iva Ralph of Harrington died of respiratory failure Wednesday, Oct. 28, 1998, in Kent General Hospital, Dover. She was 81.
Mrs. Ralph was born in Farmington, the daughter of the late Elijah and Alice Baker.
She was a seamstress for the Aetna Shirt Co., Harrington, for several years, and retired in the early 1970s.
Mrs. Ralph was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church, Harrington.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Samuel E. Lyons, in 1997.
She is survived by her husband, James A. Ralph; three sons, James A. Ralph Jr. of Felton and Robert Ralph and Ivan Ralph, both of Harrington; a daughter, Janice Bridges of Marlton, Ark.; a sister, Lottie Hill of Milford; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday in McKnatt Funeral Home, 50 Commerce St., Harrington, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be in Hollywood Cemetery, Harrington.
William Smith, 83
William Smith of Smyrna died Wednesday, Oct. 28, 1998, in the Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill. He was 83.
Mr. Smith was born Aug. 15, 1915, in Virginia.
He had worked as a farm laborer.
Mr. Smith enjoyed gardening, watching television and socializing with his friends.
He is survived by a close friend, Charles H. Wright of Delaware City.
Graveside service will be 10:30 a.m. today in Lakeside Cemetery, North State Street, Dover.
Friends may call 9:30-10 a.m. today in the Pastoral Care Chapel at the Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill, 100 Sunnyside Road, Smyrna.
Arrangements by Torbert Funeral Chapel, Dover.
Margaret E. Towers
HOUSTON - Margaret E. Towers of Houston died Wednesday, Oct. 28, 1998, in the Milford Center, Milford. She was 77.
Mrs. Towers was a secretary for the Delaware Consistory, A.F. & A.M., Wilmington, for 26 years, retiring in 1973.
She was a member of the Houston United Methodist Church, Houston; the Milford Memorial Hospital Auxiliary; the Milford New Century Club; the National Society of Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America; the National Society of Colonial Dames 17th Century; the National Society of New England Women; and the Daughters of the American Revolution.
She is survived by her husband, Harry W. Towers of Houston; a son, H. Wes Towers Jr. of Harrington; a brother, H. Earl Blood of Greenville; and two grandchildren.
Service will be 11 a.m. Monday at Rogers Funeral Home, 301 Lakeview Ave., Milford, where friends may call 7-9 p.m. Sunday.
Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Milford.
The family suggests contributions be made to Houston United Methodist
Church Memorial Fund, PO Box 43, Houston, DE 19954.
Leroy 'Bucky' Benson, 59
HOUSTON - Leroy ''Bucky'' Benson of Houston died Wednesday, Oct. 28, 1998, in Kent General Hospital, Dover. He was 59.
Mr. Benson was born Sept. 15, 1939, in Bridgeville, the son of the late Harry Benson and Eva Thorpe.
He was a graduate of William C. Jason High School in Georgetown.
In March 1962, Mr. Benson joined the U.S. Army. Throughout his military career, he received numerous awards, including the Vietnam Campaign Medal with seven oak leaf clusters. In 1982, he retired from the Army after 21 years of distinguished service.
He married Betty L. Johnson of Houston in 1972.
He is survived by his wife; a son, Jeff Johnson of Jacksonville, Fla.; three daughters, Sharon Burris of Felton and Wanda Johnson and Cheryl Spady, both of Milford; four brothers, Carl Benson of Greenwood, and Joe Benson, Rudolph Benson and Leroy's twin brother, Leslie Benson, all of Philadelphia; two sisters, Pauline Benson and Helena Perkins, both of Philadelphia; five grandchildren, Jeff, Jarett, Shanda, Adrianna and Terrell; an uncle, Robert Thorpe; a daughter-in-law; six sisters-in-law; two brothers-in-law; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
Service will be 11 a.m. Monday at Metropolitan United Methodist Church, 109 West St., Harrington, with the Rev. Harry R. Benson officiating and the Rev. Acola Horsey, pastor, assisting.
Friends may call at the church one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be in Delaware Veterans Cemetery, Bear.
Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Dover.
Lynda Lee Cahoon, 88
LEWES - Lynda Lee Cahoon of Lewes died Tuesday, Oct. 20, 1998, in Beebe Medical Center, Lewes. She was 88.
Mrs. Cahoon was born Dec. 15, 1909, in Leigh, England, the daughter of the late Aaron Lee and Susan Ida Isher Wood.
She received a master's degree in psychology from George Washington University and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Mrs. Cahoon worked for the federal Department of Justice for many years, and also worked for the National Institutes of Health, becoming chief of the research grants division.
She was devoted to her family, and enjoyed knitting and bridge.
She is survived by a son, Michael Lee Cahoon of Lewes; three daughters, Lynda Margaret Klingman of Albuquerque, N.M., Susan Lee Bodman of Indianapolis and Patricia Ann Zubritsky of Columbia, Md.; a sister, Alice James of Troy, Mich.; 10 grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
Private service was held at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Lewes, with the Rev. Doug Culton officiating.
Visitation was at the church.
Burial was in St. Peter's Cemetery, Pilottown, Lewes.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Little Sisters of Jesus and Mary Joseph House, PO Box 1755, Salisbury, MD 21802; or to Casa San Francisco Center, P.O. Box 38, Milton, DE 19968.
Arrangements by Parsell Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Lewes.
Elwood J. Campbell Sr., 80
HOCKESSIN - Elwood J. Campbell Sr. of Hockessin died Friday, Oct. 30, 1998, in Brock's Nursing Home, Hockessin. He was 80.
Mr. Campbell was born Feb. 24, 1918, in Newark, N.J., the son of the late John M. Campbell and Lettie M. Campbell.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Mr. Campbell had worked as a groundskeeper at the University of Delaware, retiring about 1971.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Alice G. Campbell, in 1993.
He is survived by two sons, E. John Campbell Jr. of Newark, Del., and David W. Campbell of Elk Park, N.C.; two daughters, Sharon L. Kennedy of Townsend and Mary Jane Wooten of Banner Elk, N.C.; a brother, Walter Campbell of Rehoboth Beach; a sister, Louise Leach of Newark; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Robert T. Jones and Foard Funeral Home, Newark, with the Rev. Roy Pollard officiating.
Burial will be in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Robert T. Jones & Foard Funeral Home, 122 W. Main St., Newark, DE 19711.
Glenn Roscoe Davis, 36
LAUREL - Glenn Roscoe Davis of Laurel died Thursday, Oct. 29, 1998, in Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford. He was 36.
Mr. Davis was born in Milford, the son of Edward G. Davis and Elizabeth L. Davis, both of Laurel.
He was a longtime commercial fisherman. He worked as a lobsterman aboard the ''Mary E. Carey'' for Davis Fisheries Ltd. nearly everyfishing season since 1980. He also engaged in commercial crabbing, clamming and gill-netting on a regular basis.
Mr. Davis was a very avid outdoorsman who particularly loved his family's woodland property on Broad Creek near Laurel.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by two brothers, Henry C. Davis of Laurel and Alan G. Davis of Dover; and a sister, Trina R. Wheedleton of Seaford.
Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Short Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, with the Rev. James Manion presiding.
Burial will be private.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Friends of Corinthian House, 291/221 S. Race St., Georgetown, DE 19947.
Arrangements by the Short Funeral Home, Laurel.
Anna F. 'Donia' Dodd, 82
LEWES - Anna F. ''Donia'' Dodd of Lewes died Wednesday, Oct. 28, 1998, in Harbor Healthcare Convalescent Center, Lewes. She was 82.
Mrs. Dodd was born in Milton, the daughter of the late George Carpenter and Blanch Carpenter Mitchell.
She was a waitress at Angler's Restaurant for 17 years in the 1950s, and was an Avon representative in the Lewes area for 35 years.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Dodd was preceded in death by her husband, William E. Dodd, in 1951; and a daughter, Helen Constance Dodd.
She is survived by a son, William E. Dodd Jr. of Dover; two daughters, Patsy Dodd Sweeney of Dover and Jean Ann Hill of San Diego; a brother, John Carpenter of Harrington; three sisters, Pauline Pepper of Georgetown and Jane Melvin and Regenia Brown, both of Harrington; a sister-in-law, Helen Carpenter of Millsboro; 11 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
Service will be 3 p.m. today at the Chapel of Short Funeral Services, 416 Federal St., Milton, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be in White's Chapel Cemetery, Milton.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, 92 Read's Way, Suite 205, New Castle, DE 19720; or to Westminster Presbyterian Radio Ministry, Attn.: The Rev. Dean, 301 King Charles Ave., Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971.
Albert Sylvester 'Bob' Dorsey, 89
CENTREVILLE, Md. - Albert Sylvester ''Bob'' Dorsey of Coleman's Corner died Sunday, Oct. 25, 1998, in Corsica Hills Nursing Home, Centreville. He was 89.
Mr. Dorsey was born in Coleman's Corner, the son of the late Ormar Dorsey and Marian Tiller-Dorsey.
He was educated in Kent County public schools. He worked in construction, and later, he worked as a farmhand.
He was joined in holy matrimony to Olivia Sampson; they had six children. He was a loving and devoted husband and father.
He was preceded in death by his sons, Allen and Leo; a daughter, Doris; and his wife, Olivia.
He is survived by three daughters, Louise Chambers and Ardella Finley, both of Wilmington, Del., and Marian Wilson of Millington; one daughter-in-law, Azene Dorsey; two sons-in-law, Benjamin Chambers of Wilmington and Perley Wallace of Big Woods; a brother, Wesley Jackson of Coleman; two sisters-in-law; one brother-in-law; grandchildren; and great-grandchildern.
Service was held Friday, Oct. 30, 1998, in New Christian Chapel of Love Church, Big Woods, with the Rev. Barbara Johnson officiating.
Burial was in the church cemetery.
Arrangements by the Walley Funeral Home, Chestertown.
Danielle Dionne Guerin, 16
LEWES - Danielle Dionne Guerin of Lewes died as the result of injuries suffered in an automobile accident Wednesday, Oct. 28, 1998, near Sussex 212. She was 16.
Miss Guerin was born June 6, 1982, in Milford, the daughter of Kerry James Guerin of Eagan, Minn., and Marsha Dionne Guerin of Lewes.
She was a junior at Cape Henlopen High School, Lewes, and was on the ''B'' Honor Roll. She participated in cross country, basketball and track and field at the high school, and had served as a counselor at Plantations Tennis Camp last summer.
Miss Guerin attended Conley's Chapel Methodist Church, Angola.
She collected basketball cards and enjoyed listening to music. Sports were her love.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by a brother, Kris Joseph Guerin, at Muehlenburg College in Allentown, Pa.; a half-sister, Jennifer Ashley Guerin of Eagan; a stepsister, Aimee Nicole Mateyka of Eagan; her paternal grandparents, James Earl Guerin of Media, Pa., and Dorris Elizabeth Harris Guerin of Villas, N.J.; and her maternal grandparents, Joseph Lewis Dionne and Joan Frances Dionne, both of New Canaan, Conn.
Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Parsell Funeral Homes and Crematorium Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 1449 Kings Highway, Lewes, with the Rev. Randy Booth officiating.
Friends may call at the funeral home 6-9 p.m. today.
Burial will be in All Saints' Cemetery, Angola.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Danielle Guerin Memorial Fund, c/o Parsell Funeral Homes, 1449 Kings Highway, Lewes, DE 19958.
Theodore B. Hitchens, 83
MILLSBORO - Theodore B. Hitchens of Millsboro died of heart failure Thursday, Oct. 29, 1998, in Beebe Medical Center, Lewes. He was 83.
Mr. Hitchens was born in Millsboro, the son of the late G. Emory Hitchens and Mary Hickman Hitchens.
He was the owner of Hitchens Auto Supply in Millsboro, which he founded in 1938 and operated for 60 years.
Mr. Hitchens was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Millsboro, and of the Millsboro Lions Club.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Henrietta T. Hitchens, in 1965.
He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Blanche Gray Hitchens; two daughters, Bonnie Ward and Ellen Maude Smith, both of Millsboro; and four grandchildren.
Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday in the Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, Long Neck Road, Millsboro, with the Rev. Dr. James C. VanDerWall and the Rev. William H. Hudson officiating.
Friends may call 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral chapel.
Burial will be in the Millsboro Cemetery, Millsboro.
Millicent J. Hutchins, 87
DOVER - Millicent J. Hutchins of Dover died Thursday, Oct. 29, 1998, in the facilities of Capitol Health Care Services, Dover. She was 87.
Mrs. Hutchins was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Willis H. Hutchins, in 1988; a son, Harold Hutchins, in 1960; and a daughter, Eleanor Lee Sivley, in 1976.
She is survived by two grandchildren, Kelly Pouncey of Cleveland, Texas, and Tracy Sivley of College Station, Texas; and two great-grandchildren, Nathaniel Pouncey and Emily Pouncey, both of Cleveland.
Service will be 11 a.m. Monday at The Trader Funeral Home, 12 Lotus St., Dover, with the Rev. Wayne Trout officiating.
Friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery, Dover.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made to Delaware Hospice, 911 South Du Pont Highway, Dover, DE 19901.
D. Irving Obrow, 81
LITTLE SILVER, N.J. - D. Irving Obrow of Little Silver and New Smyrna Beach, Fla., and formerly of Dover, Del., died Monday, Oct. 26, 1998. He was 81.
Mr. Obrow was a native of New York City.
He received his A.B. from the City College of New York at the age of 19, after which he taught mathematics for a year at Bryant High School in Queens. He graduated from Columbia Business School, became a certified public accountant and embarked on what was to become a long and distinguished career in corporate finance.
During World War II, Mr. Obrow served in the War Department Corps of Engineers as part of the Manhattan Project team. Subsequently, he went to International Playtex Corp., Dover, where he became vice president for Finance and Administration and a director. In 1968, he moved back to New York as vice president and chief financial officer of the Glen Alden Corp. when it acquired International Playtex Corp. and several other businesses, including Schenley Industries.
In 1978, he became senior vice president for Finance and a director of Johnston Industries, in association with his longtime friend Paul Johnston. In 1985, he succeeded Mr. Johnston as president, chief executive officer and a director of Johnston Industries, where he remained until retiring in 1991. In addition, he served on the boards of directors for several companies, including Plains Resources and Jupiter Industries. Throughout his career, his depth of understanding and professionalism drew the widespread trust and respect of his colleagues.
Mr. Obrow was a great reader, with a particular interest in history and politics, and in conversation he always revealed a deep and analytic understanding of a wide range of public affairs. He also possessed a deep love of music, particularly classical music.
He cared deeply about the communities in which he lived, serving on the board of Kent General Hospital in Dover, the Delaware Board of Education and the board of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in New York City.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Lucille; two daughters, Joanne Bailey of New Haven, Conn., and Patti White of Annapolis, Md.; a brother, Norman Obrow of Los Angeles; and five grandchildren, Jennie, Peter, Edward, Timothy and Trevor.
Memorial service will be Wednesday in New Jersey; for details, please contact the family.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, 490 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10027.
Arrangements by Day Funeral Home, Red Bank, N.J.