Harry L. Vandever
Harry L. Vandever, Sr., Age 82, of Brandywine Hundred, DE, passed
away on March 28th, 2013. He was born May 27th, 1930, in Arden, DE.
preceded in death by his loving wife of over 50 years, Ellen Elizabeth Hoover
Vandever, and his grandson Rodney McBride.
survived by daughters Shirley Vandever (Jimmy) of
Bellefonte, DE, Karen Neal (Larry) of Newark, DE, Alice Vandever
of Newark, DE, Pennie Whisenant
(Palmer) of Moore, SC, and son Harry Vandever, Jr.
(Kelly) of Claymont, DE as well as grandson Jefferson Whisenant,
granddaughters Amanda Whisenant and Julie McBride,
four great-grandchildren, sisters Nancy Walker and Linda Scott, and fiancée
graduated from Brown
School in 1948. Upon graduation from high
school, Harry began a plumbing apprenticeship with Wm. H. McDaniel, Inc. He
went on to supervise the mechanical installations in many Delaware schools during the boom
construction period of the 1950's and 1960's.
1979, he achieved an A.A. in Business Management from Goldey Beacom College. He was past Commander of
Delaware Veterans Post 1, and was a member of Brown High School Alumni,
Interstate Baseball Umpires Association, and Plumbers/Pipefitters Local 74.
He served in the U.S.
Army for two years during the Korean conflict.
sixteen years until his retirement in 1995, he worked for the Nemours
Foundation as a project construction mechanical coordinator at DuPont
his marriage to Ellen, along with the help of his father and grandfather, he
built the family home on Grubb
Road, a solid foundation which still proudly
and his wife Ellen loved to travel. He introduced his children to camping,
kayaking, and the love of the outdoors. He was especially fond of West Virginia, where
many family vacations were taken. He was also proud of his yearly garden, the
bounty of which was always shared with family and friends.
will be missed by all who knew him. He was a man of few words, but many good
deeds. To his children, he provided the firm but loving hand to guide them,
and showed them by example the value of hard work, thrift, and honesty.
memorial service to celebrate his life will be held on Wednesday, April 3,
2013 at 10:30 am at Chester
Rd., Wilmington, DE. Friends and family wishing to honor Harry's life may begin to arrive at 9:30 A.M.
For online condolences, please visit Chandler Funeral Homes & Crematory
Published in The News Journal from
March 31 to April 1, 2013