Obituaries for the week of Nov. 2
By J. Chambless
ALLEN L. KINNER
Allen L. Kinner, 69, of Eaton, Ohio, formerly of Oxford, Pa., died on Oct. 14 at his home.
Born in 1946 in Dayton, Ohio, he was the son of the late Estle Lloyd “Bud” and Faye Ellen (Weisenbarger) Kinner. He was a 1964 graduate of Eaton High School and served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam and was awarded the Purple Heart and a Bronze Star Medal. He was a plastic engineer for Collins & Aikman in Havre de Grace, Md., a member of the NRA, and followed the plastic industry news for many years.
He is survived by his son, Jason A. (Ashli) Kinner, of San Jose, Calif.; brothers Sam D. and Cindy (Brown) Kinner of Eaton, Ohio; Terry and Beth (Hopkinson) Kinner of Chino Valley, Ariz.; Ellen (Kinner) and Kenny Saucier of Eaton, Ohio; grandson Eric M. Kinner; many nieces and nephews.
A graveside service was held Oct. 21 in Ohio. Memorial contributions may be made to the Oxford Senior Center, 12 East Locust St., Oxford, PA 19363, in memory of Faye Kinner. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.barnesfuneralhome.com.
MARK D. WELLS
Mark D. Wells, 66, of Hockessin, Del., passed away on Oct. 17 at the Christiana Hospital.
He was the husband of Carole Abrams Wells, with whom he shared 9-½ years of marriage. Born in West Chester, he was the son of the late William R. Wells, Sr., and Anna Barry Wells. Mark was the director of weapons training at Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Aberdeen, Md., retiring in 2007 after 37 years of service. He had also served as a Court Commissioner for Cecil County, Md. He was a Chief Warrant Officer 4 in the U.S. Army. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam as a door gunner in a Huey gunship. He was a member of the 176th Assault Helicopter Co.-Muskets. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, his dogs Sarge and Chief, and being with his family and friends. He was a member of the Chesapeake City VFW Post 7687, a former Commander of the Hockessin VFW, American Legion and Ducks Unlimited.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Mark W. Wells and his wife Amanda of Smyrna, Del., and Michael D. Wells and his wife Melissa of Midland, Ga.; one daughter, Sara Silva of Orlando, Fla.; one stepson, Robert Sohlman and his wife Erin of Wilmington, Del.; one stepdaughter, Stephanie John and her husband Steve of Newark, Del.; one brother, Emerson H. Wells of Landenberg; his twin sister, Myra Conway of Doswell, Va.; and seven grandchildren, Lexi, Airi, Ethan, Heny, Matthew, Mattix and Brayden.
His memorial service was held Oct. 21. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the Chesapeake City VFW Post 7687, 304 Basil Avenue, Chesapeake City, MD 21935. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.
MILLARD H. MCCOMSEY
Millard H. McComsey, 87, of Oxford, passed away on Oct. 22 at the Ware Presbyterian Village.
He was the husband of the late Ellen Faye Dawson McComsey. Born in Hickory Hill, Pa., he was the son of the late Charles J. and Adrianna Kurtz McComsey. Millard owned and operated with his family their family store in Hickory Hill for over 40 years. He proudly served his country and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Improved Order of Red Men Ocklokonee Tribe No. 212, Elk Township Historical Society, and Oxford Alumni Association.
He is survived by one son, Robert C. McComsey, and his wife Patricia.
A funeral was held Oct. 27. Interment was in the Oxford Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.ruffenachfuneralhome.com.
BARBARA F. ENGLAND
Barbara F. England, 78, of Oxford, passed away at Union Hospital in Elkton, Md., on Oct. 19.
She was the wife of the late Floyd N. England, who passed away in January 2015, and with whom she shared 52 years of marriage. Born in Oxford in 1937, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Florence (Taylor) Fisher. She was a lifelong resident of Oxford. After graduating from Oxford Area High School, Barbara worked for RCA. She was a longtime homemaker, and later served as a bus driver for Krapf Bus Company until she retired in 2003. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, canning fruits and vegetables, and tending to her chickens, ducks and farming activities. But, most of all, she enjoyed being “mom-mom” to her grandchildren. Barbara was a devoted wife to Floyd, loving mother and “mom-mom” who will be greatly missed.
She is survived by four sons, Joseph (Mary), William (Kelly), Steven (Susan) and Charles (Judith), all of Oxford; 16 grandchildren; one great-grandson; one great-granddaughter; a sister, Constance F. MacNeal of Oxford; a brother, Joseph Fisher (Gayle) of Oxford; a sister-in-law, Sandy Fisher of Oxford; three foster brothers, James Russell (Cheryl) of Weirton, W.Va., David Bristow and Frank Jobeck, both of Oxford; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother, Howard Fisher; and brother-in-law, William MacNeal.
A memorial service was held Oct. 31. Interment was in Oxford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Barbara’s memory can be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the American Heart Association. Online condolences may be mad at www.ruffenachfuneralhome.com.
William “Bill” Cooney, 83, of West Grove, formerly of Long Island, N.Y., passed away on Oct. 20 at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Wilmington, Del.
Bill was the husband of Maureen Grady Cooney, with whom he shared 55 years of marriage. Born in 1932 in New York City, he was the son of the late William C. Cooney and the late Verna Louden Cooney. He served our country in the Third Infantry Division of the U.S. Army during the Korean War from 1952-53. He also served in the U.S. Air Force from 1957-61 in The Strategic Air Command 509th Bomb Wing. He worked for many years for Seaboard World Airlines, which today is now Fedex. He loved to tinker with automobiles and once restored a 1928 Buick. He also loved planes. and in earlier years enjoyed flying a 172 Cessna.
Survivors include, in addition to his wife, three sons, Thomas E. Cooney and Linda of Denver Colo., James W. and Yvonne of Hooksett, N.H., and William C. and Justine of Nottingham; and his eight beloved grandchildren, Sean, Megan, Deirdre, Billy, Nolan, Anna, Lena and Charlie.
A funeral was held Oct. 26. Burial was in Calverton, N.Y. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675; or the American Cancer Society, 1626 Locust St., Philadelphia, PA 19103. To view his online obituary and to share a memory with his family, visit www.griecocares.com.
C. THOMAS HENDERSON
C. Thomas Henderson, 75, of Oxford, passed away on Oct. 23 at Ware Presbyterian Village in Oxford.
Born in Trenton, NJ he was the son of the late Cloyd and Alice Downs Henderson.
Tom retired from ATACS in Oxford as a security guard, and was formerly employed with the Oxford Cabinet Company and the family farm. After retiring, he enjoyed helping as an “Amish Taxi.” He enjoyed trout fishing.
He is survived by one brother, John Ralph Henderson of Rising Sun, Md.; one sister, Jean H. Botts of Middletown, Del.; and a good friend, Gale Shepherd of Kirkwood.
Funeral services were held Oct. 29. Interment was in Oxford Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
Hugh Lesley, 82, of Columbia, formerly of Oxford, passed away on Oct. 22 at his home.
He was the husband of the late Joyce Gibson Lesley, and former husband of Ruth H. Lefever. He was the companion of Fran Urban. Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Joseph and Bertha Brubaker Lesley. Hugh was the owner of a poultry and grain farm and the Lesley Christmas Tree Farm in Kirkwood. He graduated in 1950 from Oxford High School. In 1954, Hugh received his agriculture degree from Penn State University, where he was a member of the Pershing Rifle Military Fraternity. He served in the U.S. Army for two years. He attended Union Presbyterian Church in Kirkwood. Hugh was an avid Edsel, Lincoln Mercury and old Ford car collector.
He is survived by his four children, Kenneth Lesley (Catherine H. Osman) of Washington, D.C., Karen Lesley (Ronald G. Rice) of Airville, Pa., Eileen Scotten of Oxford, and Peter Lesley of Kirkwood; five grandchildren, Dwayne H. Scotten, R. Christopher Scotten, David Lesley, Sarah O. Lesley and Cheyenne E. Lesley; five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Susan Derrickson of Milford, Del., and Mary Lou Pexton of Evanston, Wyo.
A memorial service was held Oct. 31. Interment was in Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Oxford Library, c/o Carrie Bresler, 48 S. 2nd Street, Oxford, PA 19363. Visit www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
WALTER MENGES, JR.
Pastor Walter Menges, Jr., 88, of Lancaster, passed away on Oct. 21.
He was the husband of Bertha A. Schweizer Menges, with whom he celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary on June 12, 2015. He was born in Chester, son of the late Walter, Sr., and Sybilla Kinsey Menges. He was a graduate of Maryville College in Maryville, Tenn., Class of 1950, and Princeton Seminary in Princeton, N.J., Class of 1953. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during World War II in Germany. Pastor Menges attended Wheatland Presbyterian Church. He served his first church at Scottstown Presbyterian Church, in Scottstown, N.Y.; and served 28 years at Forest Park Presbyterian Church in Baltimore. He also served various churches in the Susquehanna Valley Presbytery PCA and retired in September of 1997 after being in the ministry for 44 years, from 1953 to 1997.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, is one son, William J. (Barbara) Menges; five daughters, Margaret L. (Dale) Engle; Ruth L. (Mark W.) Hook; Bonnie L. (Steven) Fry; Grace E. (Carl) White; and Priscilla (William L.) O’Byrne III; 18 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two brothers, William R. Menges and Robert M. Menges; and one sister, Helen A. Menges. He was preceded in death by one son, Timothy I. Menges.
A memorial service was held Oct. 26. Interment was in Millersville Mennonite Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to: PCA Retirement and Benefits Ministerial Relief Fund, 1700 N. Brown Rd., Suite 106, Lawrenceville, GA 30043. To send an online condolence, visit www.Workmanfuneralhomes.com.
GEORGE P. EBERWEIN
George P. Eberwein, 73, of Landenberg, passed away peacefully in his home on Oct. 24, surrounded by his family.
He was the husband of the late Gerhild Neumaier Eberwein, with whom he had shared 49 years of marriage at the time of her passing in 2012. Born in Hatboro, he was the son of the late George P., Jr., and Margaret Pavlick Eberwein. He graduated from Penn State University with a degree in mechanical engineering. He retired from DuPont Company Louviers in Newark, Del., in 1991 after 30 years of service. George enjoyed fine woodworking, hunting, fishing, and especially his family.
He is survived by one son, Brian Eberwein and his wife Kim of West Grove; daughter-in-law Kamela “Shelly” Eberwein of Harpers Ferry, W. Va.; two grandchildren, Vincent John Eberwein and Amy Michelle Bush; one sister, Peggy Ann Stankiewitch and husband Joe of Schuylkill Haven; and two grandpups, Peanut and Chase. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Sandra Ewing; son, Barrett Eberwein; granddaughter, Allison Ewing; and brother, Russell Eberwein.
A prayer service was held Oct. 30. Interment was at the Rose Bank Cemetery in Rising Sun, Md. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
EDITH E. NICKLE
Edith Emma Nickle, 82, of Rising Sun, Md., passed away, surrounded by her loving family, on Oct. 26.
Born in 1933, Edith was the daughter of the late Charles Franklin and Edith Emma (Everett) Carter. She was a member of Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church and Ocklokonee Tribe No. 212. She enjoyed bowling, playing bingo, and collecting owls. Most of all, she cherished her time spent with her family.
She is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, Harold Nickle; three sons, Paul “Ed” Nickle, John Nickle (Sandi), and James “Jim” Nickle (Sharon); daughter, Sue Biggs (Albie); 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two brothers, David and Dick Carter; and sister, Isabel “Sis” Moran. Including her parents, Edith was preceded in death by three brothers, a sister, and great-grandchild, Bella.
A funeral was held Nov. 2. Burial was in Mount Pleasant Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made payable to Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church and sent in care of R.T. Foard Funeral Home, P.A., 111 S. Queen St., Rising Sun, MD 21911. To send condolences, visit www.rtfoard.com.
LORRAINE IRENE DILLEY SETTLE
Lorraine Irene Dilley Settle, 81, of Harrington, Del., passed away on Oct. 24 at the Milford Memorial Hospital in Milford, Del.
She was the wife of Harvey C. Settle, with whom she shared 18 years of marriage. Her first husband, Cecil E. Dilley, Sr., passed away in 1982, and with whom she shared 29 years of marriage. Born in Kennett Square, she was the daughter of the late Ralph and Ruth Cardin Brower. She was a nurse’s aide at Pocopson Home for 20 years, retiring in 2001. She was a member of the Kennett VFW, Ladies Auxiliary, and the Delaware State Police Crime Watch. She enjoyed the beach, going to the casinos, and being with her family and friends.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by four sons, David C. Dilley of Landenberg, Charles W. Dilley and his wife Robin of Downingtown, Edward A. Dilley and his wife Sharon of Oxford, and Cecil E. Dilley, Jr., and his wife Tami of Kirkwood; two daughters, Sharon I. Fielding and her husband Larry of Warwick, R.I., and Susan J. Couram and her husband Ronald of Parkesburg; two brothers, Ralph Brower of State College, and Richard Brower of Kennett Square; one sister, Jane Nickle of Frankford, Del.; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by one brother, William B. Brower.
A funeral was held Oct. 30. Burial was in the Union Hill Cemetery in Kennett Square. In memory of Mrs. Settle, a contribution may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 150 Monument Road, Suite 100, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.
CECIL T. HEATH
Cecil T. Heath, 81, of West Grove, formerly of Cochranville passed away Oct. 23 at Twin Pines in West Grove.
He was the husband of Doris Chesnet Heath. Born in West Chester, he was the son of the late Graham and Leona Rich Heath. Cecil was a 62-year resident of Chester County. He retired from Lenape Forge as a group leader, and crane and forklift operator. He was a member of Free Will Baptist Church in Nottingham, and United Steel Workers of America. Cecil enjoyed fishing.
He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Dolores Miller and her husband Bill Miller of West Grove, and Ruth Ann Miller and her husband D. J. of Newark, Del.; six grandchildren, David Miller Jr., Kevin Thompson, Jonathan Miller, Allan Thompson, Ashley Thompson, and Jeffrey Miller; nine great-grandchildren; two brothers, Warren Heath of Rising Sun, Md., and George Heath of Springdale; and three sisters, Mary Lou Bozzette of Nottingham, Dorothy Bennett of Nottingham, and Bonnie Hilton of Coatesville.
Based on Cecil’s final wish, no services will be held. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
Jay Taylor, 63, of Chatham, passed away on Oct. 26 at the Christiana Hospital.
He was the husband of Robin Jackson Taylor, with whom he shared 37 years of marriage. Born in West Jefferson, N.C., he was the son of Jettie Miller Taylor of Lincoln University, and the late Cleve Taylor. Jay was a pipe layer foreman for Worthy Brothers in Wilmington, Del., retiring in 2010 after 37 years of service. After his retirement, he worked as a truck driver for the Octoraro Native Plant Nursery. He was a member of the Five Springs Gun Club. Jay enjoyed traveling, camping, RV’ing, gardening and classic cars.
In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by three sons, Bam Pirches of Parkesburg, Justin Taylor of Boston, Mass., and Damian Pirches of West Grove; one daughter, Stephanie Pirches Stackhouse and her husband Ronald of West Grove; two brothers, Douglas Taylor of Kennett Square, and Larry Taylor of Lincoln University; two sisters, Donna Osborne of Avondale, and Kathy Miller of Lincoln University; and three grandchildren, Priv. Ronald A. Stackhouse, Jr., Ryan Stackhouse and Tatiana Fitzgerald. He was predeceased by one brother, Ronald Taylor.
A funeral was held Oct. 31. Burial was in the New London Presbyterian Cemetery. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.
LYNNE GAIL BRADHAM
Lynne Gail Bradham, 62, of Elkton, Md., formerly of Oxford, passed away on Oct. 31 at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del.
Born in Newark, she was the daughter of the late Benjamin Franklin and Frances Jones Bradham. She was employed with Action Manufacturing in Atglen. She enjoyed the beach, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
She is survived by one son, Jason L. Bradham and his wife Kelly M. Riberio of Newark, Del.; two grandchildren, Kayla and Julianna; two brothers, Rhae Bradham of Nottingham, and Mark Bradham of Dover, Del.; and two sisters, Rosemary Pedretti of California and Charlotte Gentry of Oxford. She was preceded in death by a brother, Lee Bradham.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Nov. 5 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. (86 Pine St., Oxford), where friends may visit from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment will be private. Visit www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
ROBERT F. MULLEN
Robert F. Mullen, 75, of Coatesville, passed away on Nov. 1 at Neighborhood Hospice in West Cheste.
He was the husband of Maryanne Herman Facciolli-Mullen, with whom he shared 10 years of marriage. Born in Chester, he was the son of the late John and Carma Moeller Mullen. He was a State Farm Insurance agent in Bear, Del., retiring in 2015 after 40 years of service. He was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Advent in Kennett Square. He enjoyed golfing, traveling, going to his grandkids' sporting events, and being with his family and friends.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Robert Mullen, Jr. and his wife Helen of Wilmington, Del., Michael Mullen and his wife Tracy of Clayton, Del., and David Mullen and his wife Melinda of Newark, Del.; one daughter, Kathleen Tucker and her husband Steve of Clayton, Del.; two stepsons, Joseph B. Facciolli and his wife Colleen of Elverson, and Jaret E. Facciolli and his wife Mindy of West Lawn, Pa.; one stepdaughter, Nicole Ellis and her husband Glenn of West Chester; 18 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
A visitation with family and friends will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Nov. 6 at the Episcopal Church of the Advent (401 N. Union St., Kennett Square). His memorial service will follow at 10 a.m. Burial will be private. In his memory, a contribution may be made to Neighborhood Hospice, 400 East Marshall Street, West Chester, PA 19380. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.
ROBERT PEARSON DELANEY
Robert “Bob” Pearson Delaney, 86, a longtime resident of Pocopson Township, died on Oct. 31 at Christiana Hospital.
He was married to Anna “June” Sherratt Delaney for 40 years before her death in 1993. He was born in Roxborough to William Pearson Delaney and Ella Raybold Delaney. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. He spent his working years with Gulf Oil Corporation, SunOlin Chemical Corporation, and Ace Appliance Service, retiring in 1993. He was a deeply religious man and served both as a deacon and as a trustee at the First Baptist Church of Kennett Square. He was a member of the Palestine-Roxborough Masonic Lodge No. 135 F&AM. He liked reading detective stories and was a talented gardener. He was an avid wildlife observer and chose his retirement cottage at Ware Village in Oxford partly because it overlooked a good bird watching site. He took great pleasure in attending family reunions each summer.
He is survived by one son, Mark Delaney of West Grove; three daughters, Karen (Bruce) Brown of Downingtown, Laurel Delaney of West Chester, and Gail (Jim) Hartsky of West Chester; two brothers, Walt Delaney of Lafayette Hill and Bill Delaney of Wayne; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by one brother, Richard Delaney.
A visitation with family and friends will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Nov. 6 at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home (250 W. State St., Kennett Square). His funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Longwood Cemetery in Kennett Square. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1626 Locust Street, Philadelphia. PA 19103; and/or The First Baptist Church of Kennett Square, 415 W. State St., Kennett Square, PA 19348. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.