Robert “Bobby” Hearne, “Stump” and to most, “Pop”, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 12, 2021 at TidalHealth Peninsula Regional Hospital.

He was born March 22, 1948 in Delmar, a son of the late James and Evelyn (Hill) Hearne. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Barbara German and a nephew, Mickey Wilkins.

Bobby grew up in Delmar where he went to Delmar schools and loved sports. He retired after 32 years of service as a custodian for the Laurel School District, where he also drove a school bus for many years. He enjoyed playing and coaching baseball and softball, as well as hunting, NASCAR and dirt track racing and was a huge fan of WWE. Church was an important part of Bobby’s life and he was a member of Elliott’s Worship Center in Laurel. Most of all Bobby loved being with his family. He will be remembered as a great and loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, and to many he was “Pop.”

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Barbara (Wilson) Hearne; son, Rodney Hearne (Robin); daughter, Kelly Willey (Kenny); grandchildren, Ashley Morris (Colin), Brooks Hearne (Taylor), Brandon Hearne (Madison), Kelsey Willey, Savanah Brown and Chandler Brown; great-grandchildren, Lilly, Beckett, Grayson, Bowen and Lyla; brother, James Hearne (Georgia); and sister, JoAnn Wilkins (Mike). He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, March 21 at 2 p.m. at Elliott’s Worship Center in Laurel, where family and friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. Pastor John Rogers will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Elliott’s Worship Center, 17237 Phillips Hill Road, Laurel, DE 19956.

Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting