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Ralph Vernon Watts (1924 - 2013)

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Ralph Vernon Watts

AGE: 89 • Newark

Ralph Vernon Watts, 89, of Newark, DE passed away peacefully on the evening of Saturday, December 28, 2013, surrounded by his children and grandchildren.

Born in Townsend, DE, he was the son of the late Vernon P. Watts and Hannah Wright Watts.

Ralph proudly served his country with the US Army/Air Corps during WWII.

In May of 1944, he married the love of his life, the former Lauretta Eleanor George. Together, they were blessed with seven wonderful children.

At the young age of 23 he began his lifelong career as a contractor. In 1975 he founded a design-build contracting business, Watco Inc., where he continued to work until present day. His meticulous workmanship can be found in the numerous churches and Christian schools he built throughout Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.

Ralph will be dearly missed and remembered for his deep faith, love for his family, and his strong work ethic.

He was a member of Evangelical Presbyterian church of Newark for the past 53 years.

In addition to his parents, Ralph was preceded in death by his loving wife, Eleanor, on December 28, 1998 and two brothers, Harold B. Watts and B. Franklin Watts.

He is survived by his children, Ralph V. Watts, Jr. (Karen) of Hilliard, OH, Sharon W. Betters (Rev. Charles) of Bear, DE, James M. Watts (Nina) of Newark, DE, Gayle W. Voshell (the late Glenn Voshell) of Crab Orchard, KY, Bonnie W. Lewis (Robert) of Victor, ID, Jane Anne Wilson (David) of Newark, DE and Roberta W. Dosa (Col. Brian) of Harker Heights, TX and a combined total of 105 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchldren.

A memorial service will be held at 2 pm on Tuesday, December 31st at Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Newark, 308 Possum Park Road, Newark, DE, where friends may call from 1:00-2:00 pm. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to A Door of Hope, 218 E. Main Street, Ste. 114, Newark, DE 19711.

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Published in The News Journal on Dec. 30, 2013
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