Robert H. “Bob” “Grandpa” Talley, Sr. passed away on September 26, 2022, surrounded by his family and friends, at the age of 92.
Bob was predeceased by his father, Clarence Talley; his mother, Clara Talley; his brother, John Talley; and his wife, Beverly (Hitchens) Talley. He is survived by his children, Robert H. Talley, Jr. (Susan), Carol Talley-Gauge (Mitchell); grandchildren, Jennifer DiStefano, Kristin Weaver (Scott), Robert E. Talley, Ashley Hicks (Jason); great-grandchildren, Jayson Kuhn, Gianna DiStefano, Aiden Weaver, Blake Weaver, Logan Hicks, Lily Hicks; and great-great-grandchild, Sophia Kuhn.
Bob loved to travel, taking his family on a cross country trip in their pickup truck camper and enjoying many cruises on popular cruise lines. He also enjoyed the Pushmobile Derby and NASCAR with his son winning the PM Derby, but his greatest love were his children and grandchildren. He spent summers at Indian River Inlet camping with his wife and children, later moving to a trailer in Rehoboth Shores. There he enjoyed his bright orange pontoon boat Toonerville and his 1937 Chris-Craft, taking his family out on Rehoboth Bay for a day of fun, fishing and crabbing or taking everyone over to the Rusty Rudder and Dewey Beach. There were also trips to Rehoboth Beach for walks on the boardwalk to get boardwalk fries, Dolle’s caramel popcorn and fun games and rides .
Bob was a Sea Scout, and in his teen years built a small boat and sailed successfully on the Delaware River. In 1948 Bob enlisted in the Naval Reserve becoming an Engineman rising to the Rank of E-6 Engineman First Class, being honorably discharged in 1967. As a Navy veteran, Bob became a member of Delaware Veterans (DEL VETS) Post #1 where he became a longtime fixture where he enjoyed taking his grandchildren to see Mr. and Mrs. Claus during many Christmas seasons and celebrating a great milestone 50th Wedding Anniversary. A couple of weeks before his death, he was at “The Club” and was honored as their longest living member. Bob’s commitment to country and community led him to become a Boy Scout Leader helping boys to become responsible community members keeping with the Scout Oath of that time, Duty to God & Country, Others and Self. Bob continued to be a great mechanic keeping everything in working order no matter what it was at the Sun Oil Refinery, where he worked and retired from after 40+ years on the job.” Bob”, “Grandpa” you will truly be missed by all of us.
A Viewing will be held Sunday, October 2, 2022 from 6pm to 8pm and Monday, October 3, from 11am to 12pm at Gebhart Funeral Home, 3401 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont, DE 19703, where a Funeral Service will be held Monday, October 3, 2002 at 12pm. Burial will follow in Lawn Croft Cemetery, 1000 W. Ridge Rd., Linwood, PA 19061.
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