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Alvin Gordon 'Chum' Wilson, 67
DOVER - Alvin Gordon ''Chum'' Wilson, who lived near Dover, died of heart failure Wednesday, April 22, 1998, in Christiana Hospital. He was 67.
Mr. Wilson was the middle son of the late Charles R. Wilson Jr. and Mabel Webb Wilson of Ellendale.
He was a lifelong farmer.
Mr. Wilson was a member of the Delaware Farm Bureau for many years; a member of the Magnolia United Methodist Church, where he served as a lay leader and trustee; a member of the pastor-parish committee and the administrative board; and a charter member of the Magnolia Ruritan, holding positions of president, vice president and board member.
He enjoyed farming, sports and a little traveling. He was a loving husband, father and grandpa.
He was preceded in death by his older brother, Harold A. Wilson.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Loretta Wyatt Wilson; one son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Judy Wilson of near Dover; two daughters and sons-in-law, Freida and Kevin Livingston of Dover and Cynthia and Todd Marvel of Magnolia; four grandchildren, Kelly, Charles and Clinton Wilson and Daniel White, all of Dover; a brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Bernice Wilson of Bridgeville; a sister-in-law, Emma Jane Wilson of Ellendale; and a mother-in-law, to whom he was devoted, Sarah Frances DeBary of near Dover.
Service will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the Magnolia United Methodist Church, Main Street, Magnolia.
The Reverends Page Boyce and Gloria Attix will officiate.
Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Sunday at Berry-Short Funeral Home, Milford.
Burial will be in Barratt's Chapel Cemetery, Frederica.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Magnolia United Methodist Church Railing Fund, 40 N. Main Street, Magnolia, DE 19962.
Robert William Jack II, 89
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Robert William Jack II died Thursday, April 23, 1998, in the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. He was 89.
Mr. Jack was born in 1908, in Stamford, Conn.
He spent his early years in Indiana. He lived in Wilmington, Del., until he retired from the Wilmington Medical Center in 1973, then moved to Millsboro, Del. He moved to Independence Village in Winston-Salem in 1996. From 1953-1963, he was the first executive director of the Delaware Division, American Cancer Society.
Mr. Jack was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army Air Corps, 9th Air Force.
He was a 32nd-degree Mason. He celebrated 50 years of service in Freemasonry March 14, 1996. He was a life member of Eureka-DuPont Lodge No. 23-29 in Wilmington.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Wood Jack, in 1986.
He is survived by two children, Bonnie Ruth Jack of Winston-Salem, and Robert W. Jack III, and his wife, Lorie, of Lynn Haven, Fla.; two granddaughters, Heather L. Raudenbush of Winston-Salem and Amy C. Raudenbush, and her husband, William Almy, of Somerville, Mass.; and two first cousins, Jack Kendall of Wilmington and Paul Kendall of Green Valley, Ariz.
There will be a memorial service at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Independence Village in Winston-Salem.
Mr. Jack will be cremated, and his remains are to be buried next to his wife in All Souls Cemetery, St. George's Chapel, Angola, Del.
The family requests that expressions of sympathy be made in the form of contributions to the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103, or to the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements by Cremation Services.
Elizabeth M. Drechsler, 75
REHOBOTH BEACH, - Elizabeth M. Drechsler of Rehoboth Beach, formerly of Cobb Island, Md., died of lung cancer Tuesday, April 21, 1998, in her home. She was 75.
Mrs. Drechsler was born in 1923, in Roanoke, Va., the daughter of the late Albert C. Gearheart and Sallie A. Leslie.
She was employed by C&P Telephone Co. as an engineering drawing clerk for 28 years, retiring in 1984.
Mrs. Drechsler was a member of Telephone Pioneers of America; American Legion Auxiliary Post 5, Rehoboth Beach; Disabled American Veterans Ladies Auxiliary; and the Cape Henlopen Senior Center.
She is survived by her husband, Marvin L. Drechsler of Rehoboth Beach; a daughter, Shirley Hamilton of Waldorf, Md.; two stepdaughters, Carole Patton of Clifton, Va., and Bonnie Heckner of Crownsville, Md.; two sisters, Rasteen Moore of Winchester, Va., and Gloria Kiessling of Waldorf; two brothers, Marvin Gearheart of Gordonsville, Va., and Arthur Gearheart of Elkridge, Md.; five stepgrandchildren; and one step-great-grandchild.
Service and burial will be private.
Arrangements by Parsell Funeral Homes and Crematorium.
John U. Leventry Sr., 85
MELBOURNE, Fla. - John U. Leventry Sr. of Melbourne died Friday, April 10, 1998, in Melbourne. He was 85.
Mr. Leventry was born in 1913, in Johnstown, Pa., the oldest of seven children of the late Arthur and Edith Leventry.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen I. Young Leventry, in 1995.
He is survived by two sons, John U. Jr. of Churchton, Md., and Frederick Roy of Cape St. Claire, Md.; three grandchildren, Mrs. Rita Marie Boberge of Virginia Beach, Va., and Roy Frederick and Robin Anne of Cape St. Claire; one sister, Louise Hogue of Johnstown, Pa.; twin brothers, William Leventry of Ephrata, Pa., and Robert Leventry of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; a brother, Frederick David of Fort Myers, Fla.; and his friend, Christine Bomboy of Ocean City, Md.
There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. today at Watson Funeral Home, 211 Washington Street, Millsboro, Del.
Burial will be in Ocean View Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Ocean View, Del.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 228-C N. Du Pont Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947.
Edward ''Duckie'' Gourley, 67
FELTON - Edward ''Duckie'' Gourley of Felton died of heart failure Tuesday, April 21, 1998, in his home. He was 67.
Mr. Gourley was born in Frederica, the son of the late David K. and Alice Gourley.
He worked as a machine operator for Playtex, retiring, in 1992, from Plant 3 after 44 years.
Mr. Gourley loved to go camping and fishing, and being close to nature and animals, especially squirrels. He was an avid NASCAR fan, with Dale Earnhart being his favorite driver. He was a loving father and husband who enjoyed being with his children and playing with his grandchildren. He was an easygoing individual who had lots of friends.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Wanda; a son, Johnny; and an aunt, Mae.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Margaret Gourley of Felton; a daughter, Janet Shaw of Felton, and her husband, Matt; two sons, Dennis L. Gourley of Dover, and his wife, Loretta, and Kenneth Gourley of Milford, and his wife, Cindy; five grandchildren, Tracie, Yvonne, Katie, Kenneth Jr. and Jason; and a cousin, Susan Sylvester.
Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Melvin Funeral Home, 15522 South Du Pont Highway, Harrington, where friends may call from 7-9 p.m. today.
Burial will be in Barratt's Chapel Cemetary in Frederica.
Doris Finn, 58
DOVER - Doris Finn of Dover died Tuesday, April 21, 1998, in the Christiana Hospital. She was 58.
Mrs. Finn was a homemaker. She and her husband had owned and operated D&E Crafts in Dover 10 years ago.
She loved bingo, needlepoint, cross-stitch, any art and crafts and any volunteer work to do with either the Sunshine Foundation or any chronically or terminally ill children.
Mrs. Finn was a member of the Harrington Women of the Moose Chapter, American Legion Chapter and American Legion Ladies Auxiliary 14 in Smyrna, and was vice president of the We Care Chapter of the Sunshine Foundation. She was the past president of the Air Force Sergeants Association Ladies Auxiliary.
She is survived by her husband, Ernest H. Finn; and two sisters, Mariana Bartowski and Leana Hockbine, both of Krefeld, Germany.
Service will be private.
Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. today at the Torbert Funeral Chapel, Bradford and Reed streets in Dover.
Burial will be private.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the We Care Chapter of the Sunshine Foundation, P.O. Box 1056, Clayton, DE 19938.
Lawrence Joseph Vanarsdall, 50
MAGNOLIA - Lawrence Joseph Vanarsdall of Magnolia died of an aneurysm of the aorta Wednesday, April 22, 1998, in the Mary Washington Hospital, in Fredricksburg, Va. He was 50.
Mr. Vanarsdall was born in 1947, in Pennsylvania, the son of the late Lawrence W. Vanarsdall and Jessie Mae Vanarsdall.
He was a high school graduate.
Mr. Vanarsdall was an Army veteran.
He was employed at King Cole Canning Co. as a truck driver.
Mr. Vanarsdall enjoyed auto mechanics.
He is survived by his wife, Mollie; three stepsons, Ralph Fisher, Ed Fisher and Michael Wallace; a sister, Margaret Dixon; a brother, Bob Vanarsdall; a nephew, Jimmy Vanarsdall, and his family; and several cousins and their families.
There will be a memorial service at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Dover First Seventh-day Adventist Church, corner of Wyoming Avenue and New Burton Road, Dover, where the Rev. Vladimir Corea will officiate.
Eugene Guilford Northrup, 78
SEAFORD - Eugene Guilford Northrup of Seaford died of a heart attack Wednesday, April 22, 1998, in Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. He was 78.
Mr. Northrup was born in Clayton, the son of the late Clarence Van and Edna Streeter Northrup.
He was a World War II Army veteran, serving with the 3rd Army 94th Signal Battalion.
Mr. Northrup was a switching technician for Diamond State Telephone Co., retiring in 1983 after 43 years of service.
He was a member of Mount Olivet United Methodist Church; past president of Caesar Rodney Telephone Pioneers; and Scoutmaster of Troop 182, Seaford. He was best known as ''Mr. Trainman,'' having displayed a large model train layout in his home for over 45 years.
Mr. Northrup loved sports, travel and Scottish bagpipe music.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Tessie Phares Northrup; two sons, Bruce A. of Arlington, Mass., and Kevin L. of Raleigh, N.C.; and one brother, C. Vernon Northrup of San Diego, Calif.
Service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mount Olivet United Methodist Church, High Street, Seaford, where the Rev. Earle N. Baker will officiate.
Burial will be in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Memorial Fund at Mount Olivet United Methodist Church, High Street, Seaford, DE 19973.
Geraldine S. DeLoy, 73
REHOBOTH BEACH - Geraldine S. DeLoy of Rehoboth Beach died Wednesday, April 22, 1998, in Beebe Medical Center. She was 73.
Mrs. DeLoy was born in 1924 in Rehoboth Beach, the daughter of the late Roland Simpler and Amanda Simpler.
She was a secretary at Delmarva Power Co. for 25 years, retiring in 1982. She was a bookkeeper for Lewes Boat Yard after leaving Delmarva Power Co.
Mrs. DeLoy was a member of Epworth United Methodist Church at 20 Baltimore Avenue.
She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Ralph A. DeLoy; a daughter, Shirley Dawson of Lewes; a son, Michael DeLoy of Milton; two sisters, Goldia Maloney of Florida and Mary Wilson of Rehoboth Beach; a brother, Raymond Simpler of Rehoboth Beach; eight grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
Service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 1449 Kings Highway, Lewes, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
The Rev. David Baker will officiate.
Burial will be in Epworth Methodist Cemetery, Rehoboth Beach.
The family suggests contributions be made to American Red Cross, 1973 Bay Road, Milford, DE 19963.
Daina L. Tucker, 49
LEWES - Daina L. Tucker of Lewes, formerly of Camden, died of respiratory failure Wednesday, April 22, 1998, in Beebe Medical Center. She was 49.
Mrs. Tucker was born in 1949 in Seattle, Wash., the daughter of George Lobdell of Seattle and the late Norma Lobdell.
In addition to her father, she is survived by a son, Joshua J. Tucker of Hartly; a daughter, Tami I. Tucker of Marydel; a brother, Marty Lobdell of Seattle; a sister, Kathy Blaha of Seattle; and six grandchildren
Service and burial will be private, at the convenience of the family.
Arrangements by Torbert Funeral Chapels.
Elinor Marie Rolph Pryde, 84
SEAFORD - Elinor Marie Rolph Pryde of Seaford died of heart failure Wednesday, April 22, 1998, in Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. She was 84.
Mrs. Pryde was born in Philadelphia, the daughter of the late Charles Price Rolph Sr. and Elinor Mardt Ralph.
She was a homemaker; many years ago, she worked as a secretary.
Mrs. Pryde was a member of Blades Untied Methodist Church, Blades.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Charles Everett Pryde, in 1976.
She is survived by her nieces and nephews.
Service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Front and King St., Seaford, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
The Rev. Kenneth Huffman will officiate.
Burial will be in Blades Cemetery, Blades.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made in her name to American Cancer Society, Sussex County Unit, 228-C N. Du Pont Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947, or to the American Heart Association, Sussex County Chapter, 600 N. Du Pont Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947.
Bertha E. Collison, 92
DENTON, Md. - Bertha E. Collison of Denton died of heart failure Wednesday, April 22, 1998, in the Taylor House Retirement Home. She was 92.
Mrs. Collison was born in Caroline County, daughter of the late Martin Bates Henry and Ada Carroll Henry.
She was a clerk at Silco in Denton for many years, retiring in 1970.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Martin Collison Jr., in 1957.
Mrs. Collison is survived by a son, Martin E. Collison of Denton; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Moore Funeral Home P.A., 12 S. Second Street, Denton, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be in Denton Cemetery, Denton.
Instead of flowers, the family suggest contributions be made to St. Luke's United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 66, Denton, MD 21629.
William F. Edwards, 49
MAGNOLIA - William F. Edwards of Magnolia died of a heart attack Tuesday, April 21, 1998, in New Jersey. He was 49.
Mr. Edwards was born in 1949 in Milford, the son of the late Ada Mae and Woodrow Wilson Edwards.
He was a 1967 graduate of Felton High School.
Mr. Edwards served in the U.S. Army, serving two tours in Vietnam during his eight years of service. He separated in 1976, and had achieved the rank of sergeant.
He worked for AIM Transport Inc., Rosedale, Md., where he was employed as an over-the-road driver.
He enjoyed bowling and playing cards.
He is survived by his wife of 23, years Darlene Fuller Edwards; four sons, William J. Edwards, Edward Tripp, Woodrow Lane Edwards and Jan Michael Edwards, all of Magnolia; two daughters, Tina Fuller of Magnolia and Tonya Edwards of Wilmington; three brothers, Allen W. Edwards of Edwardsville, Robert W. Edwards of Fort Worth, Texas, and P. Ronald Edwards of Bel Air, Md.; a foster brother, Walter Smith Edwards of Wyoming; two sisters, Joyce D. Melvin of North Highlands, Calif., and Ruth Thomas of Wyoming; and eight grandchildren.
Service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Pippin Funeral Home, 119 West Camden-Wyoming Avenue, Wyoming, where friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Sunday.
Burial will be in Mount Olive Cemetery, Sandtown.