Obituaries

Rev. Dr. Arthur G. Backus, 96

The Rev. Dr. Arthur G. Backus, 96, passed away on Jan. 15, 2020, in Millsboro, Del. He was born July 23, 1923, in Gad, W.Va., son of Mertie L. Backus and Arthur H. Backus.

Backus and his wife, Marilee V. Miller, were married in August of 1946 and were together 72 years before her passing in 2018.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. After the war, he managed his family’s farm and general store before pursuing a career in ministry. Backus was a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College (from which he was also awarded an honorary doctorate) and Wesley Theological Seminary.

His ministry spanned more than 50 years, serving churches in Dagsboro, Del., and Millsboro (including Zoar, Hickory Hill, Providence and Carey’s Church) and the West Virginia United Methodist Conference churches of Cedar Grove, Morris Memorial, Simpson in Moundsville, Spruce Street, First Church Clarksburg and First Church Parkersburg. He also provided leadership as the Beckley District superintendent and later the development officer for United Methodist Charities in West Virginia.

He lived a life of great integrity, compassion, kindness and a deep concern for justice. His life was a testament to his faith in God and the goodness of others. In addition to delighting in his ministry, Backus enjoyed gardening, reading Westerns and family time.

Backus is survived by his four children, Howard and his wife, Sue Ann, of Laurel, Del., Harold and his wife, Sue, of Millsboro, Steven and his wife, Diane, of Millsboro and Janice and her husband, David Erenrich, of Hagerstown, Md.; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

A viewing was to be held Jan. 21, 2020, at Watson Funeral Home in Millsboro, Del. The funeral was scheduled for Jan. 22, 2020, at Zoar United Methodist Church, Millsboro. Interment will follow at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Zoar (Millsboro) U.M. Church, c/o Carisa Pepper; 24491 Gravel Hill Rd.; Millsboro, DE 19966, or to Carey’s U.M. Church, c/o Josephine Dorey; 22750 Carey’s Camp Rd.; Millsboro, DE 19966. Condolences may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com.

 

Ronald W. Benson, 70

Ronald W. Benson, 70, of Bishopville, Md., died Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, at home. He was born in Salisbury, Md., son of the late Harold and Helen (Johnson) Benson.

He retired from work as a carpenter at Carlton Bunting and Wayne McCabe Construction. He was a member of Wilson United Methodist Church in Bishopville.

Benson was preceded in death by his wife, Debbie A. Benson, in 2009. He is survived by a son, Michael A. Benson and his wife, Vickie, of Berlin, Md.; two siblings, Robert Benson and his wife, Beverly, and June Hudson and her husband, Chester, all of Bishopville; a granddaughter, Brandy Whitlock and her husband, Tony; and two great-grandchildren, Payton and Skylar Whitlock.

A funeral service was scheduled for Jan. 22, 2020, at Bishop-Hastings Funeral Home in Selbyville, Del., with the Rev. Paul Sherwood officiating. Burial will be in Bishopville (Md.) Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Coastal Hospice; P.O. Box 1733; Salisbury, MD 21802. Condolences may be sent online at www.bishophastingsfh.com.

 

 

Christopher M. ‘Chris’ Eslinger, 67

Christopher M. Eslinger, 67, of Bayard, Del., formerly of Potomac, Md., passed away, surrounded by her loving family, on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford, Del.

Eslinger was born in Munich, Germany, daughter of the late Charles Austin Magee and the late Mary Caroline (Pultz) Magee. She was a graduate of the University of Maryland with a bachelor of science degree. She had worked as a sales associate with the Seaside Country Store in Fenwick Island, Del., for more than 15 years, retiring in 2018.

She was a gifted seamstress and loved quilting. She also enjoyed antiques, spending time with her family and also cats.

Eslinger is survived by her three children, Patricia Brailey and her husband, Matthew, of Sunnyvale, Calif., Robert Eslinger and his wife, Jillian, of Frisco, Texas, and Elizabeth Eslinger of Bayard; six grandsons; a brother, Charles Magee and his wife, Karen, of Indianapolis, Ind.; a sister, Caroline Hauck and her husband, Jay, of Bayard; and her boyfriend, Tim Casey.

Services and burial were to be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to Delaware Hospice; 100 Patriots Way; Milford, DE 19963. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.

 

Robert Faucett, 62

Robert Faucett, 62, of Massey’s Landing, Long Neck, Del., passed away peacefully on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, in the comfort of his home, with his wife and three children by his side. He was born on Oct. 29, 1956, and lived in Sussex County, Del., all his life.

Faucett was the vice president of Massey’s Landing Park in Long Neck, where he enjoyed many summers during his childhood and ultimately became a fulltime resident. In January of 1978, he was hired as a spinning-machine operator at the DuPont company in Seaford, Del. With 27 years of service, he retired from shift work and took on a new career with the Sussex County Utility Engineering Department, serving as a county inspector for 14 years before retiring again on Jan. 5, 2018.

He loved spending time with his family and friends, and he was always willing to lend a hand. He was loved by everyone who knew him. He enjoyed playing golf, being near the water, boating and fishing. He had a great sense of humor and was a master of corny “dad jokes.” When asked what he would do after retiring, Faucett said he was going to be a “professional piddler,” and he was very good at it. He especially enjoyed being involved with his grandchildren, whether watching them play sports or play music, or just visiting.

Faucett was preceded in death by his father, Linford P. Faucett. He is survived by his devoted mom, Ida Clifton Faucett, 89, of Long Neck; his loving wife of 29 years, Patricia G. Faucett; his three children, Robert Faucett Jr. and his wife, Kerri, of Ocean View, Del., Tara E. Shaub and her husband, Tim, of Long Neck, and Ryan P. Faucett of Long Neck; his four siblings, Carol A. Faucett of Long Neck, Benjamin L. Faucett of Cibolo, Texas, Linford P. Faucett III and his wife, Ann, of Millsboro, Del., and Connie F. Kapoor and her husband, Sandeep, of Long Neck; five grandchildren, Adam C. Shaub, Elizabeth A. Shaub, Daniel G. Faucett, Madelyn K. Faucett and Julia J. Shaub; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and a plethora of friends.

A celebration of Faucett’s life was held on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019, at Long Neck United Methodist Church, Millsboro, Del. In lieu of flowers, the family encouraged memorial donations to Delaware Technical & Community College or to a charity of the giver’s choice. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.

 

Kathryn Jean ‘Kathy’ (Latch) Focht, 66

Kathryn Jean “Kathy” (Latch) Focht, 66, of Lewes, Del., formerly of Belmont Hills, Pa., made her final trip over the rainbow and passed away on Jan. 13, 2020, surrounded by her loving family, at Delaware Hospice in Milford, after an extensive battle with multiple sclerosis.

Focht was born to Frank and Mary Winifred on June 2, 1953, in Broomall, Pa. She resided with her parents and her siblings, Allen, Sharlene and Leslie, in Newtown Square, Pa., and graduated from Marple-Newtown High School in 1971.

Focht wed the love of her life, John, on Sept. 14, 1974. They had five sons, Otis, Jon Bryan and his wife, Robin, Scott, Keith and his wife, Angelina, and Kevin and his wife, Melissa, whom she loved fiercely; beloved grandchildren, Maximillian, Xavier, Gianna, Giselle, Daryn, Dylan, Henry, Wesley, Madelyn and Madison; and many adoring nieces, nephews, friends and extended family members.

In addition to her immense love for and devotion to her family, Focht will be remembered for her exuberant personality, her wonderful sense of humor, her love for boating and the beach and her penchant for all things “Wizard of Oz.”

Relatives and friends are invited to bid their farewells as she embarks on her journey down the yellow brick road on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, at Melson Funeral Services, 32013 Long Neck Road, Millsboro, Del. Visitation will be held at 10 a.m. and services will begin at 11 a.m. Flowers and condolences may be sent to the Melson Funeral Services Long Neck Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society; P.O. Box 4527; New York, NY 10163, or online at www.nationalmssociety.org. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.

 

William Farr Holtzclaw Sr., 80

William Farr Holtzclaw Sr., 80, of Rehoboth Beach, Del., passed away on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, at Beebe Healthcare, in Lewes, Del. He was born Sept. 3, 1939 in Philadelphia, Pa., son of the late William H. and Irma M. (Farr) Holtzclaw.

He was a Virginia Tech graduate, in the Class of 1962, earning a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. He built a respectable career, working for companies such as Owens Corning, Justin Tanks in Ohio and then in Georgetown, from which he retired after more than 30 dedicated years. After retirement, he started Holtec and worked as a consultant for the remainder of his life.

Holtzclaw was a member of Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI), ASTM, Composites Institute (chairman 1991), the American Composites Manufacturers Association (AMA), where he received the 2007 President’s Award and the Rehoboth Beach Country Club (past president 2001 to 2003) during the construction of the 19th-hole bar, which he called “Billy’s Bar.”

He was an avid golfer, a loyal Bengals fan and a respected member of his community. Above all, Holtzclaw was a family man who cherished time spent with his loved ones. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend who will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Holtzclaw is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Judith A. Holtzclaw of Rehoboth Beach, Del.; his son, Butch Holtzclaw and his wife, Meggin, also of Rehoboth Beach; his grandchildren, Polly and Peyton; and his brother, Woodrow Holtzclaw of Richmond, Va.

A celebration of Holtzclaw’s life will be held on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, at 3 p.m. at the Rusty Rudder, Dewey Beach, Del. Arrangements were by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Lewes, Del. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to the American Lung Association; 55 West Wacker Dr., Ste. 1150; Chicago, IL 60601. Condolences may be sent online at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.

 

June Nachman, 85

June Nachman, 85, of Lewes, Del., formerly of Ridley Park, Pa., passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, surrounded by her loving family, at home.

She will be remembered as a beautiful woman who gave much love and provided endless joy to everyone she came in contact with. She lived life to the fullest.

Nachman is survived by her husband of almost 40 years, Jamie Nachman; a son, Cliff Engel and his wife, Patty; a daughter, Susan Peet and her husband, Tom; eight grandchildren, Kelly Ann Engel and her husband, Scott, Marybeth Kushnir and her husband, Matt, Thomas Peet and his wife, Stef, Jeffrey Peet and his wife, Ali, Sarah Engel and her husband, Phil, Steven Peet and his wife, Marybeth, Clifford Engel and his wife, Jane, and Joseph Peet; and 11 great-grandchildren, T.J., Cole, Madison, Emily, Avery, Annie, Lilly, Kaelynn, Nolan, Cecily and Jordan.

A celebration of Nachman’s life will be held at 2 p.m., with visitation starting at 1 p.m., on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, at Melson Funeral Services, 32013 Long Neck Road, Millsboro, Del. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial donation to Southern Delaware Therapeutic Riding; P.O. Box 219; Nassau, DE 19969. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.

 

Carmel B. McQuade, 90

Carmel B. McQuade, 90, of Bethany Beach, Del., formerly of Potomac, Md., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, at Beebe Hospital, Lewes, Del. She was born in Limavady, Ireland, on Aug. 25, 1929, daughter of the late Francis J. McGowan and the late Bridget (Brolly) McGowan.

McQuade was a devout Catholic and a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Bethany Beach, and participated in the women’s Sodality for many years. She was also involved with the local Red Hats Society.

She loved living at the beach and taking walks along the Bethany boardwalk and would greet anyone she passed by with a smile. She will always be remembered as the “best mom in the whole world” who raised five children and never lost sight of her role as a mother. Her grandchildren and, more recently, great-grandchildren, won her heart.

McQuade is survived by her five children, Kevin McQuade of Virginia, Lucy Osgood of Oregon, Kathy Goodman of Ocean View, Del., Frank McQuade of Maryland and Elizabeth Bennett of Florida; two sisters, Kathleen Willingham and Maureen Valis; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. She was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend who will be forever in their hearts.

A Mass of Christian Burial was to be held Jan. 21, 2020, at St. Ann Catholic Church, Bethany Beach, Del., with interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Dagsboro, Del. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.

 

Jacqueline V. ‘Jackie’ Stoner, 90

Jacqueline V. “Jackie” Stoner, 90, of Millsboro, Del., passed away on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. She was born in Philadelphia, Pa., on July 21, 1929, to the late Zacharia Stoner and Marion Whyte Stoner.

She worked as a salesperson for Gimbel’s Department Store in Philadelphia. She was a born-again Christian, lived a quiet life and never married. Stoner had a funny personality and a great sense of humor. She loved her family and will be missed by all who knew her.

Stoner is survived by three siblings, Warren G. Jackson and his wife, Grace, of Harbeson, Del., Marilyn Jackson of Millsboro, and David Stoner of Philadelphia; special friends, Jackie and Eleanor; and her own nieces and nephews.

Services were to be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial donations to the Nanticoke Indian Association; 27073 John J. Williams Hwy.; Millsboro, DE 19966. Condolences may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com.