Richard “Dick” F. Whaley of Laurel, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, at his home.
He was born in Laurel on April 1, 1930, one of seven children of the late Clarence F. and Mary E. Whaley.
Dick graduated from Laurel High School with the class of 1949 where he played football. A few years later he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and proudly served his country for 20 years, and retired in 1971 as a Sr. Master Sergeant. He was a life member of the American Legion Post 19 in Laurel and the Delmar VFW Post 8276.
Always interested in serving his beloved Laurel, he went to work as the town manager for Laurel and then retired again in 1988. After retirement he went on to serve on the Sussex County Board of Appeals. A true hobbyist, he enjoyed going to auctions looking for collectibles with his wife Connie. Dick was an avid outdoorsman and master gardener who enjoyed working in his yard and rabbit hunting.
He is survived by sons, Philip Whaley and wife Laura Springham of Chincoteague, Va., Mark Whaley and wife Sue of Laurel and Blair T. Whaley and wife Amy Lowe of Laurel; grandchildren, Eric Whaley and wife Carrie, Melissa Wright and husband Chad, Patience Murray and husband Dale and Chelsea Whaley; great-grandchildren, Mackenzie, Madelyn, Ryan, Sean, Kenniss, Bailey, Cora and Benjamin Lloyd Jr.; a sister, Arlene Conaway and husband Preston; brothers, Robert Whaley and wife Adell, Alan Whaley and wife Sug, Jack Whaley and wife Lorraine, Doug Whaley and wife Patty and Wayne Whaley and wife Helen; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 59 years, Connie L. Whaley.
Services were held on Wednesday, Oct. 30 at Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Pastor Larry Whaley officiated. Interment was at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Laurel.
Contributions may be made in his memory to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963.
Services are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.