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Robert John Tiews

Robert John Tiews, age 95, formerly of Wilmington, Delaware, died peacefully on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at the home of his son, Philip, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Born and raised in Boston, MA, Robert, the son of John Tiews and Lena Metzler Tiews, attended Boston University where he studied chemistry, graduating in 1939 with BS and MS degrees. He went directly to work for the DuPont Company and while assigned to Memphis, TN, he met and later married Bennie Corrine Joyner in 1943.

Beginning in 1957, Robert was part of the international expansion of DuPont, taking assignments in London, Northern Ireland, Japan and Brazil, coming home to stay in 1976. After retiring with 40 years of service, he and Bennie were active at Westminster Presbyterian Church, the Center for Lifelong Learning, Stonegates retirement community, travel, as well as other hobbies and interests.

Robert was preceded in death by Bennie, his wife of 62 years and his sisters, Evelyn Tiews and Helen Street. He is mourned by his sons and their families; Robert J. Tiews, Jr. and his wife, Tia Mukerji; Kenneth E. Tiews; and Philip H. & Barbara J. Tiews; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and his nephew Glenn Street, his wife Debbie and their daughter.

A memorial service will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1502 West 13th St., Wilmington, DE 19806 on Saturday, September 29, at 2 pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Westminster Presbyterian Church Flower Fund.

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Published in The News Journal on Sept. 23, 2012
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