William Thomas “Bill” Willin Jr., 85, of Lewes, Del., passed away on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, at Christiana Care Health Systems in Newark, Del. He was born Friday, April 6, 1934, in Salisbury, Md., son of the late William Thomas Willin Sr. and Elizabeth (Wilson) Willin.
Willin became a Delaware State Police trooper on March 1, 1957, with the 17th Academy Class and retired March 1, 1977, as captain. During his career, Willin was assigned to Troops 2, 4 and 7 and Headquarters. He worked traffic, investigation and aviation. Willin was assigned as pilot of the first department airplane in 1965 and as Aviation Section commander of first department helicopter in 1971.
He was a life member of the Association of Delaware State Police and a faithful member of Groome United Methodist Church in Lewes, Del. Willin enjoyed all things outdoors, especially golfing, hunting, caring for his yard and landscaping (in which he took great pride), and watching the ducks in his backyard pond. He enjoyed playing bridge and was an avid antique collector.
Above all, Willin cherished time spent with those he held dear. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, stepfather, grandfather, brother and friend who will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
In addition to his parents, Willin was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Marie Stockley Willin, in 2010; and his sister, Margaret Ann Willin. He is survived by his wife of seven years, Barbara (Auslund) Willin of Lewes; his son, William T. Willin of Rehoboth Beach, Del.; his stepchildren, Barbara DeVries of Wilmington, N.C., Cornelius John DeVries of California, Diane Marie Salen and her husband, Rick, of Calvert Beach, Md., and Kathryn Jean Coursey of Mt. Airy, Md.; his brother, John Willin and his wife, Carol, of Laurel, Del.; his sisters-in-law, Katherine Ritter and her husband, Ronnie, of Lewes, and Mary Banks and her husband, David, of Georgetown, Del.; his 11 grandchildren; his 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., with visitation at 10 a.m., on Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 16961 Kings Highway, Lewes, Del. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to Groome U.M. Church; 601 Savannah Rd.; Lewes, DE 19958. Condolences may be sent online at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.