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Harry 'Pretty Harry', Killen, 79
LEIPSIC - Harry ''Pretty Harry'' Killen of Leipsic died Sunday, Aug. 23, 1998, in his vacation home in West Yellowstone, Mont. He was 79.
Mr. Killen was an Army veteran of World War II, serving under Gen. George Patton. He received five Bronze Stars for the Normandy Invasion, Battle of the Bulge and other military campaigns. He was a tank driver in the 2nd Armored Division of ''Hell on Wheels.''
He loved dancing, snowmobiling, professional wresling and his work. He was a caring, giving man and never met anyone he called a stranger.
Mr. Killen was one of Delaware's best known commercial watermen, spending over 50 years plying the waters of the Delaware Bay, harvesting crabs, clams, fish, and oysters.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Estella Marshall; two sisters, Ida Pleasanton and Beatrice Truax.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Jeannette Voss Killen; two daughters, and a son-in-law, Jeannette A. ''Sis'' Killen at home and Ellen K. and Ronald Sayers of Smyrna; three brothers, Everett, Henry and Frank Marshall, all of Leipsic; four sisters, Mary Rice of Milford, Violet Baily of Smyrna, Estella Freeman of Dover and Alice Brown of Felton; three grandsons, Ronnie Sayers and his fiancee, Billie Jo Funk of Leipsic, Rodney Sayers of Smyrna and Thomas and his wife Melissa Sayers of Smyrna; a great-granddaughter, Jessica June Sayers of Smyrna; two stepgreat-grandsons, Daniel and Jason Reynolds, both of Smyrna, a cousin and several nieces and nephews.
Service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Faries Funeral Chapel, 29 S. Main St., Smyrna, where friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Thursday.
Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Smyrna.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Leipsic Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 131 Dover, DE 19901, or to VFW Post #8801, 4877 Wheatleys Pond Road, Smyrna, DE 19977.
Douglas Wilson, 98
QUEEN ANNE, Md. - Douglas Wilson of Queen Anne, died Friday, Aug. 20, 1998. He was 98.
Mr. Wilson was born in 1899, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. George Wilson Sr.
He worked on various farms and in several factories during his early life. Most of his living was made from growing and selling his own produce.
Mr. Wilson was a very hard-working person, who would spend many hours tending to his garden. He had many friends and admirers.
He is survived by three daughters, Helen Gross, Bernice Murray and Gladys Hill; six sons, Calvin, Robert, William, Vincent, Raymond and George; three daughters-in-law, Margaret, Rose and Anne; two sons-in-law, Benjamin and True; two sisters, Victoria and Zora; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a host of relatives and friends.
Service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Allen AME Church, Hillsboro, where friends may call from 6-8 p.m. today.
Burial will be in Sandtown Cemetery, Hillsboro.
Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Easton.
Clara Reed Buckson, 87
DOVER - Clara Reed Buckson of Dover died Monday, July 13, 1998, in Church Home and Hospital in Baltimore. She was 87.
She was preceded in death by her husband, H. Irving Buckson and her son, Gerald I. Buckson.
She is survived by a daughter, Suzanne B. Crowder of Cockeysville, Md.; six grandchildren, William H. Buckson, Elizabeth D. Valdes, Paul R. Crowder, Christopher J. Crowder, Catherine C. Johnston and A. Elizabeth Crowder and 10 great-grandchildren.
Memorial service will be 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 31 at Christ Church, Dover.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions made to Christ Church, P.O. Box 1374, Dover, DE 19903.
John Thomas 'Tom' Murphy, 79
LAUREL - John Thomas ''Tom'' Murphy of Laurel died of pneumonia Monday, Aug. 24, 1998, in Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford. He was 79.
Mr. Murphy was born in Peachbottom, Pa., the son of the late John Thomas and Blanche Mary Tyndall Murphy.
He was a World War II Army veteran serving in the Pacific Theatre.
Mr. Murphy was an avid fan of the Laurel High School football team, and enjoyed fishing and the outdoors.
He was a member of the American Legion Post 19, Laurel; a member of the Laurel Senior Center.
Mr. Murphy was a freight handler at the former W.O. Covey foods in Seaford for 13 years, retiring in 1981.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Dorothy Hearn Murphy; two sons, John Patrick Murphy and Jerry T. Murphy, both of Laurel; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and a stepgreat-grandchild.
Service will be at 2 p.m. today at the Church of Christ in Laurel, where Pastor Wayne Mathias will officiate.
Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church today.
Burial will be in Asbury Cemetery, Georgetown.
Arrangements by Watson-Yates Funeral Home Inc., Seaford.
Barbara Watlack, 74
FELTON - Barbara Watlack of Felton died Monday, Aug. 24, 1998, in Bayhealth Medical Center-Milford Memorial Hospital. She was 74.
Mrs. Watlack was born in Philadelphia, the daughter of the late David and Marian Evans.
She worked 1812 years as a licensed practical nurse for the Delaware Home for the Chronically Ill in Smyrna. She also delivered newspapers for the Delaware State News for several years.
Mrs. Watlack enjoyed going to Bonanza in Milford to eat.
She was a member of Rebekah Lodge #16 of Felton. She attended the Christian Tabernacle in Lincoln for a while.
She is survived by a son, David Watlack of Felton and a daughter, Dawn Freeman of Colorado Springs, Colo.; four grandchildren.
There will be a memorial service at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Melvin Funeral Home, 15522 S. Du Pont Highway, Harrington.
Pastor Bruce Tribbitt will officiate.
Ethel Dell Seib, 79
DOVER - Ethel Dell Seib of Dover died Monday, Aug. 24, 1998, in Kent General Hospital. She was 79.
Mrs. Seib was born in 1919, in Philadelphia, the daughter of the late Samuel and Ethel Weest.
She spent most of her life in Philadelphia and moved to the Dover area seven months ago.
Mrs. Seib worked for 40 years at the University of Pennsylvania faculty club, retiring in 1980 as the assistant manager.
She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Philadelphia and AARP.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Seib in 1959, and two brothers, Samuel Weest in 1997, and William Weest in 1998.
She is survived by a son, Paul C. Seib of Dover; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
There will be a graveside service at 11 a.m. Thursday in Fernwood Cemetery, Fernwood, Pa.
Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. today at Torbert Funeral Chapel, 61 S. Bradford Street, Dover.
Arrangements by Torbert Funeral Chapel, Dover.
Jeanne L. Vogl, 46
SMYRNA - Jeanne L. Vogl of Smyrna died Sunday, Aug. 23, 1998, in Johns Hopkins University Hospital, Baltimore. She was 46.
Mrs. Vogl was born in 1952, in Clarion, Pa., the daughter of the late Cleon Mock and Annabelle Schrecengost Mock of Clarion.
She was a speech pathologist for the Baltimore School District for 13 years and most recently with Kent General Hospital for the last 11 years. She was the 1994 Employee of the Year for Kent General Hospital.
Mrs. Vogl loved children.
She was a member of St. Polycarp's Roman Catholic Church, Smyrna.
In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Paul R. Vogl; a stepdaughter, Megan E. Vogl at home; a sister, Connie Chapman of Knox, Pa.; twin brothers, Cleon Edward Mock of Shippenville, Pa., and Donald Mock of Clarion.
Mass of Christian burial will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Polycarp's Roman Catholic Church, 135 Ranson Lane, Smyrna.
Friends may call from 7-8 p.m. Friday and from noon-1 p.m. Saturday at Faries Funeral Chapel, 29 S. Main St., Smyrna.
Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Dover.
Marie M. Watt, 76
OCEAN VIEW - Marie M. Watt of Ocean View, formerly of Rockville, Md., died Sunday, Aug. 23, 1998, in her home. She was 76.
Mrs. Watt was a Canadian citizen and moved to the United States in 1952, and to Ocean View in 1973, where she worked as a salesperson at Treasure Island Fashions Store in Ocean View.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Malcolm L. Watt in 1973.
She is survived by a brother, Morris Mylyk and a sister-in-law, Olive Elizabeth Mylyk of Toronto; a nephew and godson, Randy Mylyk of Montreal.
There will be a graveside service at 10:30 a.m. Friday in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Wheaton, Md.
Friends may call from 10-11 a.m. Thursday at the Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, West Avenue, Ocean View.
Mark W. Hitchens, 36
DAGSBORO - Mark W. Hitchens of Dagsboro died of cancer Tuesday, Aug. 25, 1998, in the University of Maryland Hospital, Baltimore. He was 36.
Mr. Hitchens was born in Seaford, the son of William and Della McCabe Hitchens of Dagsboro.
He was a plant equipment operator in the soybean processing division of Townsend's Inc., in Millsboro for the past 15 years.
Mr. Hitchens was a member of the Hickory Hill United Methodist Church, Millsboro; the Burnt Swamp Sportsman's Association; the Twin Oaks Hunting Club, and the Lower Sussex Sportsman's Association.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Denise Adkins Hitchens; a daughter, April D. Hitchens at home; maternal grandparents, John & Eva McCabe of Dagsboro; three sisters, Donna Jones, Billie Lawson and Bonnie Hummer, all of Dagsboro; several nieces and nephews.
Service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Hickory Hill United Methodist Church, Sussex 407, near Millsboro, where friends may call two hours prior to the service.
The Rev. Phyllis Walton will officiate.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Hickory Hill United Methodist Church, c/o Mr. Roy Rogers, Rt. 4, Box 4240, Millsboro, DE 19966, or to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 163, Salisbury, MD 21803.
Arrangements by Watson Funeral Home, Millsboro.
Daniel L. Fisher, 89
POTOMAC, Md. - Daniel L. Fisher of Potomac, formerly of Chestertown, died Monday, Aug. 24, 1998, in Suburban Hospital, Bethesda. He was 89.
Mr. Fisher was born in Harrisburg, Pa., the son of the late Daniel and Cora Agnes Copenhaver Fisher.
He graduated from Columbia Union College in 1933, with a pre-med degree.
Mr. Fisher worked as an electrician for the federal government for 21 years, while living in the Washington area, retiring in 1963. Upon retirement, he moved to California and worked for many years for an electric supply company until he retired and moved to Florida in 1976.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Etta Taylor Coleman, in March 1998.
Mr. Fisher enjoyed taking care of his family, friends and car.
He was a member of Rock Hall Seventh Day Adventist Church, Rock Hall.
He is survived by two daughters, Martha Jean Metzdorf of Potomac Md. and Joan Etta Ransom of Prescott, Ariz; a brother, Melvin Fisher of Harrisburg, Pa.; a sister, Virginia Dorsheimer of Camp Hill, Pa.; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, 130 Speer Road, Chestertown, where relatives and friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be private.
Betty C. Seidel, 69
READING, Pa. - Betty C. Seidel of Reading died Monday, Aug. 24, 1998, in her home. She was 69.
Mrs. Seidel was born in 1929, in Reading, the daughter of the late William and Pearl Roth Miller.
She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Seidel was an avid gardener, who won many awards.
She was a member of Lutheran Church of Our Savior, and was a very active volunteer.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence F. Seidel in August 1998.
She is survived by a son, Randy E. Seidel of Arnold, Md.; a daughter, Deborah J. Shepard of Crofton, Md.; three sisters, Esther Rubright of Bernville, Verna Kopicz of Centerport and Gloria Derr of Stoney Creek; two brothers, Leon Miller of Fleetwood and Melvin Miller of Centerport; four grandchildren.
There will be a memorial service at 2 p.m. Monday at Luthern Church of Our Savior, Bay Vista Drive, Rehoboth Beach, Del., where Pastor Edwin Thress will officiate.
Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. at the Delaware Veterans' Cemetery, Bear.
The family suggests contributions be made to the Delaware Hospice, 600 Du Pont Highway, Southern Division, N. Du Pont Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947.
Arrangements by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Lewes.
Shaphan G. Isaacs, 17
GREENWOOD - Shaphan G. Isaacs of Greenwood died due to injury received in an automobile accident on U.S. 13, near Bridgeville, Monday, Aug. 24, 1998. He was 17.
Shaphan was attending Greenwood Mennonite School, where he would have been a junior this fall. Last year he was class treasurer and this year, he would have been class secretary. He played on the basketball team.
He had been working for Del-Wood Cabinet part time since April, and he was the groundskeeper for the Greenwood Mennonite Church and Cemetery.
Shaphan loved to do woodworking, and he was always helping his family and others with projects around the house. He was a big help, and a hard worker at home. He was a good organizer.
He was a member of Greenwood Mennonite Church.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Howard Grover in July 1997.
He is survived by his parents, Pastor Paul and Glena Isaacs; a brother, Joel E. Isaacs, who is attending Philadelphia College of Bible; his paternal grandparents, Everett and Catherine Isaacs of Snow Hill, Md.; his maternal grandmother, Rosetta Grover of Randle, Wash.
Service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Greenwood Mennonite School, Greenwood.
There will be visitation one hour prior to the service Friday and from 7-9 p.m. Thursday at Greenwood Mennonite School.
Burial will be in Greenwood Mennonite Church Cemetery.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Greenwood Mennonite School, Rt. 1, Box 62C, Greenwood, DE 19950 for a scholarship made in his memory.
Arrangementms by Fleischauer Funeral Home, Greenwood.
Ruby M. Claggett, 96
LEWES - Ruby M. Claggett of Lewes died Monday, Aug. 24, 1998, in Lewes Convalescent Center. She was 96.
Mrs. Claggett was born in 1902, in Warrenton, Va., the daughter of the late Thomas McClanahan and Elizabeth Holmes McClanahan.
She was a homemaker.
She is survived by a son, Albert Claggett of Deltona Beach, Fla.; a daughter, Frances Flaherty of Lewes; a sister, Nina Bury of Mollusk, Va; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
There will be a graveside service at 11 a.m. Monday at Warrenton Cemetery in Warrenton.
Burial will be in Warrenton Cemetery.
The family suggests contributions be made to the American Heart Association, 600 N. Du Pont Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947.
Arrangements by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Lewes.