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Noble Samuel Ricardo 'Rick' Eckeard, 49
FELTON - Noble Samuel Ricardo ''Rick'' Eckeard of Felton died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 1999, in his home. He was 48.
Mr. Eckeard was the son of Mary Anna Herschberger Puskar of Camden and the late Noble Samuel Eckeard.
He graduated from Dover High School in 1969.
Mr. Eckeard was a welder.
He enjoyed photography.
Mr. Eckeard was a member of the Felton Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by four sisters, Donna M. Jones of Camden, Thelma G.P. Perkins of Magnolia, Teena L. Silverio of Iowa and Tammi G. Shyers of Dover; and a brother, Barry D. Eckeard of Little Creek.
Memorial service will be 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, Felton, and a graveside service will be 10 a.m. today in Mount Olive Cemetery, Sandtown.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Delaware Hospice, 911 S. Du Pont Highway, Dover, DE 19901.
Arrangements by Trader Funeral Home, Dover.
Peter J. 'PJ' O'Neill, 75
DOVER - Peter J. ''PJ'' O'Neill of Dover died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 1999, in Kent General Hospital, Dover, from injuries suffered in a car accident Jan. 20. He was 75.
Mr. O'Neill was born on June 10, 1923, in Burma, now Myanmar (at that time, a part of the British Empire), the son of the late John and Peggy O'Neill.
He was educated at Bradfield College in Berkshire, England.
He was a veteran of World War II and had served with the Allied Bomber Command in Italy. He joined British Overseas Airways Corp., now known as British Airways, in 1946, retiring as a captain after 28 years.
Mr. O'Neill was formerly of Camberley, Surrey, England; he moved to Pennsylvania during the 1970s, where he sold real estate and also worked with the Monroe County Assessor's Office. He moved to Dover in 1988, where he took an active interest in aviation, enrolling in the Airway Science Program at Delaware State College (now University) and Delaware Technical and Community College.
He was a member of the Civil Air Patrol; the Central Delaware Pilots Association, where he held the office of vice president for two terms; the Experimental Aircraft Association; the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association; the F.A.I.; and the Central Delaware Pilots Association. He was a founding member of the American Air Museum in Britain. He was also the chairman of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program for Kent County.
He is survived by his wife, Joan O'Neill of Dover; a son, David O'Neill of Norwich, England; a stepson, Byron Mann, and Byron's wife, Sherri, of Newark; a stepdaughter, Laura Rafferty of Dover; and a cousin, Joan Potter of York, England.
Service will be 8 p.m. Saturday at Torbert Funeral Chapel, 61 S. Bradford St., Dover, where friends may call two hours prior to the service.
Burial will be private.
The family suggests contributions to Meals on Wheels, c/o Modern Maturity Center, 1121 Forrest Ave., Dover, DE 19904.
John C. 'Pop Tull' Tull, 57
DOVER - John C. ''Pop Tull'' Tull of Dover died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 1999, in Kent General Hospital, Dover. He was 57.
Mr. Tull was born July 16, 1941, in Lewes, the son of Edna Dickerson Tull and the late Calvin Tull.
He graduated from Seaford High School.
Mr. Tull retired from Bell Atlantic Telephone Co. in February 1993 after 27 years of service with that company and its predecessor in Delaware, Diamond State Telephone Co. He also worked at Procter & Gamble in Dover through Olsten Staffing Services until October 1998.
He was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America. He attended the Calvary Assembly of God in Dover. He enjoyed clowning, model airplanes and slot-car racing.
John, ''Pop,'' ''Paw Paw'' was known wherever he went. He was ''Pop'' to so many young and older adults. He was known to dozens of children in the neighborhood as ''Paw Paw,'' and he loved to spend time with his grandchildren and all their friends. He had given his heart to the Lord and was baptized in the fall of 1998. ''Pop'' was always there when anyone needed him. Everyone that met ''Pop'' remembered him, and he will be missed by everyone that he touched throughout his lifetime.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by two daughters and two sons-in-law, Cheryl and Ralph Deneumoustier of Dover and Cathy and Mike Taylor of Magnolia; a brother and sister-in-law, William and Ruth Tull of Laurel; three grandchildren, Michael ''Mighty Mike'' Taylor Jr., Amber Lee ''Little Lou'' Taylor and Tabitha ''Tabo'' Deneumoustier; a nephew, Michael Tull; and two nieces, Susan Collins and Marcia Kyle.
Service will be 2 p.m. today at Torbert Funeral Chapel, 61 S. Bradford St., Dover, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be in Sharon Hills Memorial Park, Dover.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Calvary Assembly of God, 1141 E. Lebanon Road, Dover, DE 19901; or to Camden-Wyoming Fire Co., PO Box 186, Camden, DE 19934.
Stanley Mainster, 90
DOVER - Stanley Mainster of Dover died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 1999, in Silver Lake Nursing Center, where he was a resident since 1990. He was 90.
Mr. Mainster was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 1908, the son of the late Isaac and Rose Mainster.
He became a skilled cutter of men's clothing and worked for Tip Top Tailors in Toronto for 17 years.
He married Mildred Roman in 1936 and lived in Toronto until 1953, when he and his family moved to Miami Beach, Fla. There he worked as a drug clerk, the closest he ever came to realizing his dream of being a pharmacist. He worked there until his retirement in 1973.
Mr. Mainster was a contemplative person who loved Judaism, loved ideas and music, and loved his wife and children.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, in 1980.
He is survived by a sister, Jean Shanfield of Huntington Beach, Calif.; two children, Dr. Martin Mainster of Kansas City, Kan., and Dr. Charlotte Zaback of Dover; four grandsons; four stepgrandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Burial will be at Lakeside Memorial Park in Miami.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Congregation Beth Sholom of Dover, P.O. Box Box 223, Dover, DE 19903.
Arrangements by Torbert Funeral Chapel, Dover.
Della M. Cooper, 67
MIDDLETOWN - Della M. Cooper of Middletown, formerly of South Rockwood, Mich., died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 1999, in Christiana Hospital, Newark. She was 67.
Mrs. Cooper worked as a waitress at Denny's in Newark and, previously, at the Detroiter Truck Stop in Michigan.
She was an active member of the MOT Senior Center.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hubert Poore, in 1981.
She is survived by three daughters, Dianna Caruso of Ferndale, Mich., Dorothy Moore of Newport, Mich., and Sheila Jablonski of Middletown, with whom she lived; two brothers, O.D. Hale of Ripley, Ohio, and Doyle Hale of Alexandria, Ky.; five grandsons; and three great-grandchildren.
Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home, 212 N. Broad St., Middletown, where friends may call one hour prior to service.
Burial will be in Forest Cemetery, Middletown.
Robert H. 'Butch' Curtis Jr., 54
GEORGETOWN - Robert H. ''Butch'' Curtis Jr., of Stockley Center, near Georgetown, formerly of Lewes, died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 1999, at Milford Memorial Hospital. He was 54.
Mr. Curtis was born in Lewes, the son of the late Robert H. Curtis Sr. and Helen Kerr Curtis.
He is survived by a sister, Debra C. Short of Westerville, Ohio; a nephew, Matthew Short; and a niece, Abby Short.
Service will be 11 a.m. today at the Watson Funeral Home, 211 Washington St., Millsboro. The Rev. Robert A. Hudson will officiate.
Burial will be in Bethel Methodist Cemetery, Lewes.
Clifford Russell Hammond, 88
SEAFORD - Clifford Russell Hammond of near Seaford died of heart failure Thursday, Jan. 28, 1999, in LifeCare at Lofland Park, Seaford. He was 88.
Mr. Hammond was born in Viola, the son of the late William Fred and Elizabeth Mary Hammond.
He had been self-employed as the owner of C.R. Hammond's Welldriving, Seaford, and retired in 1972.
Mr. Hammond was a member of the Church of God, Seaford.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Beulah Ann Dunn Hammond, in 1996.
He is survived by a son, Russell Hammond of Seaford; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Front and King streets, Seaford, where friends may call one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Paul L. Miller will officiate.
Burial will be in Blades Cemtery, Blades.
Oscar W. McCabe Jr., 44
MILLSBORO - Oscar W. McCabe Jr. of Millsboro died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 1999, at home. He was 44.
Mr. McCabe was born May 4, 1954, in Lewes, the son of Emma Radish McCabe and the late Oscar W. McCabe Sr.
He worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Farm Service Agency, Georgetown. He was also a self-employed farmer.
He was a trumpet player & keyboardist with the musical group ''Generation Gap'' for many years.
Mr. McCabe attended Hickory Hill United Methodist Church, Millsboro.
He was a member of the Delaware Farm Bureau and the Delaware Musicians Union.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Marty Hylinski McCabe; and two daughters, Ashley R. McCabe and Elise L. McCabe, both at home.
Friends may call from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Watson Funeral Home, 211 Washington St., Millsboro.
The family suggests contributions to McCabe Girls College Fund, c/o Watson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 125, Millsboro, DE 19966.
Ruth 'Boots' Robinson Schueler, 76
SEAFORD - Ruth ''Boots'' Robinson Schueler of Seaford died of pneumonia Wednesday, Jan. 27, 1999, in her home. She was 76.
Mrs. Schueler was born in Fredericktown, Md., the daughter of the late Edwin Howell and Ruth Hewitt Robinson.
She worked as a secretary for the Seaford School District and then the Mount Olivet United Methodist Church for 10 years, retiring in 1986.
She was a member of Mount Olivet United Methodist Church, where she was very active in church work; a past president of Spade & Trowel Garden Club; and a member of the Business & Professional Women. She also was a member of the Nanticoke Memorial Hospital Ladies Auxiliary, Nanticoke Senior Center, Republican Women and the Seaford Historical Society, all of Seaford.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold Paul Schueler, in 1992.
She is survived by four daughters, Janet R. Lundquist of Seaford, Sara L. Devleeschouwer of Frederica, Karen L. Siegmund of Milton and Christine A. Wasson of Seaford; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Memorial service will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Mount Olivet United Methodist Church, High Street, Seaford. The Rev. Earle N. Baker will officiate.
Burial will be private.
The family suggests contributions to Mount Olivet United Methodist Church, 315 High St., Seaford, DE 19973; or tp Delaware Hospice Inc., Southern Division, Suite 107, 600 N. Du Pont Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947.
Lelia Elizabeth Smith, 85
SELBYVILLE - Lelia Elizabeth Smith of Selbyville died Tuesday, Jan. 26, 1999, in Beebe Medical Center, Lewes. She was 85.
Mrs. Smith was a retired homemaker and domestic worker.
She was a member of Zoar U.M. Church and its Women's Society.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde W. Smith Sr., in 1983; and a son, Gene C. Smith, in 1984.
She is survived by two sons, Clyde W. Smith Jr. of Millsboro and Walter Lee Smith Sr. of Frankford; a daughter, Mary S. Ward of Dover; three daughters-in-law, Audrey Smith of Millsboro, Corine Smith of Frankford and Paulette Smith of Dover; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the Zoar U.M. Church, Selbyville, where friends may call two hours prior to the service.
Burial will be in Zoar's Golden Acres Cemetery, Selbyville.
Arrangements by Miller Funeral Services, Milford.
Shirley Covey Towers, 64
FEDERALSBURG, Md. - Shirley Covey Towers of near Federalsburg died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 1999, in her home. She was 64.
Mrs. Towers was born July 10, 1934, the daughter of the late S. Gray Covey and Daisy May Blades Covey.
She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Towers attended Chestnut Grove United Methodist Church when she was able, and was a member of its United Methodist Women.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her stepmother, Cleota Covey; her husband, Bruce Nelson Towers; a daughter, Renae Victoria Towers; and a stepsister, Janice Brittingham.
She is survived by two daughters, Tina T. Jacobs of Hurlock and Sheila D. Edwards of Federalsburg; a sister, Leora C. Peele of Federalsburg; three stepbrothers, James Covey and Kenneth Covey, both of Seaford, Del., and Edward Covey of Hurlock; a stepsister, Gail Spearin of Seaford; six grandchildren; and several nephews and nieces.
Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Framptom-Hawkins-Eskow Funeral Home P.A., where friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Saturday. The Rev. Denzil Cheek will officiate.
Burial will be in Junior Order Cemetery, Preston, following the service.
The family suggests contributions to Johns Hopkins Hospital's Pediatric Oncology Unit, 600 N. Wolfe St., Baltimore, MD 21215.
Christine Wall, 55
HARRINGTON - Christine Wall of Harrington died of heart failure, after having complications from surgery, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 1999. She was 55.
Mrs. Wall was born Oct. 21, 1943, the daughter of Sylvia Spear Wall of Harrington and the late Guy C. Wall.
She had worked at the Safeway store in Dover and driven a school bus for Milford Christian School. For the last 10 years, she had worked at Dover Air Force Base as a buyer in the contracting department.
Mrs. Wall was a member of Harrington Baptist Church.
She belonged to a very close-knit family; her grandson was the pride of her life. She was the type of person who never met a stranger and was beloved by many.
In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her husband, Armin Wellhouse.
In addition to her mother, with whom she lived, she is survived by a son, Brian J. Wellhouse Sr.; a sister, Miriam Shepard of Harrington; a grandson, Brian J. Wellhouse Jr.; and nephews and nieces.
Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Harrington Baptist Church.
Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Saturday at Fleischauer Funeral Home, 48 W. Market St., Greenwood.
Burial will be in St. Johnstown Cemetery, Greenwood.