Richard L. Timmons, 85

Richard L. Timmons, 85, of Ocean View, died at his home on Friday, Oct. 27, 2006, after a long illness.

He was the son of the late Violetus and Grace Malin Timmons. He was a graduate of Lord Baltimore High School, where he served as class president and captain of the three major sports teams, and later studied diesel engineering at Jordan Technical School in Philadelphia.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the 80th Infantry Division, 3rd Army. He was sent into combat as a automatic rifleman during the Battle of the Bulge, remaining in the Infantry as it moved through Germany until the end of the war. After the war he served as a military policeman during the occupation of Germany.

Timmons married his wife, Ruth, after the war and made his living by farming and building homes, and in his retirement years produced wooden toys that he sold at various craft shows. He was an accomplished woodworker, he loved the river, actively fishing and crabbing throughout his life. He was a member of Ocean View Presbyterian Church and the Lord Baltimore Lions Club, where he was a member for over 46 years. And he was one of the original members of the Delaware Solid Waste Authority Board of Directors.

Timmons was elected to the Sussex County Levy Court in 1968. He oversaw the transition of the county to home rule with the establishment of a County Council form of government, becoming the first president of the Sussex County Council, in 1970. During his time in office, he led the effort to form and implement a planning and zoning ordinance, established sewer and water districts, eliminated uncontrolled garbage dumps and led the transition of county government to a modern format.

He is survived by three sons, Richard Jr., and his wife, Linda; Donald and his wife, Maria, and Glenn; grandchildren, Nicole, Anna, Erin, Carrie and Jenny; and two brothers, Harry and James Timmons. His wife, Ruth predeceased him in 2001. Funeral services were scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 31, at 2 p.m. at the Ocean View Presbyterian Church in Ocean View.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Ocean View Presbyterian Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 287, Ocean View, DE 19970 in his memory.