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Official Obituary of

Willard S. Whiteman, Jr.

March 5, 2024

Willard S. Whiteman, Jr. Obituary

Willard S. Whiteman, Jr., age 88, of Bear, DE, formerly of Claymont, DE, passed away March 5, 2024. 

Born in Wilmington, DE, Willard lived in Claymont for most of his life.  He retired from the Brandywine School District in 1991, after 31 years of service.

Willard served in the Delaware Army National Guard from 1954 to 1961.  He was a life member of the Claymont Fire Company, joining the Fire Company in 1957.  He served as 5th Engineer, Assistant Engineer, Chief Engineer, Fire Captain, Assistant Chief, Fire Recorder, Recording Secretary, Assigned Driver and member of the Board of Directors.  He was also a life member of the Delaware Valley Fire Chief’s Association.

Willard was preceded in death by his parents, Willard S. Whiteman, Sr. and Sarah Garvine Whiteman, his wife, Maureen Whiteman, who passed away in 2006, stepson, Daniel Basco, his brother-in-law, William Gallagher, and also his beloved dog, Mickey.  Survivors include his daughter, Diane, at home, two nieces and one nephew.

A viewing will be held Wednesday, March 20, 2024 from 11am to 12pm at Gebhart Funeral Home, 3401 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont, DE 19703, where a funeral service will begin at 12pm.  Burial will follow in Lawn Croft Cemetery, Linwood, PA. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Claymont Fire Company, 3223 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont, Delaware 19703-3206.

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March 20, 2024

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Gebhart Funeral Homes
3401 Philadelphia Pike
Claymont, DE 19703

Funeral Service
March 20, 2024

12:00 PM
Gebhart Funeral Homes
3401 Philadelphia Pike
Claymont, DE 19703

March 20, 2024

1:15 PM
Lawn Croft Cemetery
1000 W. Ridge Road
Linwood, PA 19061


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