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W. Robert "Bob" Marker

1928 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
W. Robert "Bob" Marker Obituary
W. Robert "Bob" Marker, 89, passed away peacefully at his home in Cheswold, Delaware on Saturday, August 26, 2017 after a short illness.

Bob was born on a farm near Smyrna on June 9, 1928 to Walter and Mary Marker. The family later moved to a farm near Odessa where Bob grew up. He attended and graduated from Middletown High School in June of 1946. He immediately enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged two years later.

After the Navy, Bob attended Goldey Beacon Business School. He lived many years in Middletown raising his family, working, serving the community and hunting. Bob worked for the Delaware Trust Bank, the Weymouth family, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, and in 1962 purchased the Middletown News Agency on Cochran Square which the Marker family operated for the next 13 years. In 1968, Bob went to work for the Delaware Department of Transportation, working in the Real Estate Acquisition Section and retiring after 23 years of service.

Bob was active in the community, serving as a town councilman in 1959 with Mayor Wilson Wilcox. He was a volunteer ambulance driver for the Volunteer Hose Company when it had its own ambulance, and was a life member of Volunteer Hose Company. He was an active member of and past president of the Middletown Jaycees. He was active in the 1961 Middletown Centennial Celebration. Bob was one of the four original coaches of the MOT Little League when it was established in 1955. He managed the Rotary Wheels for 13 years. Bob was also a Master Mason and member of the Middletown Lodge #5 for over 60 years.

Bob enjoyed many leisure activities, including snowmobiling trips around the country with family and friends, boating on the Chesapeake Bay, traveling, golf, spending time in Florida, and a good poker game with his friends. Bob's big love was hunting. He and his three hunting buddies (Pitch, Shine, and Herbie) built and maintained a series of duck blinds along the Blackbird Creek and back ditches near Stave's Landing, and for over 30 years they were able to spend many hours duck hunting with family members and friends. Bob also enjoyed deer hunting, especially the annual 40-60 man deer drives on the Bailey farm in Blackbird and the Shetzler Farm on Noxontown Road.

Bob was predeceased by his parents, sister Betty Shetzler, brother James, and his daughter-in-law Debbie. He is survived by his four sons: Bruce (Carol) in Appleton, Wisconsin, Gary, Bryan (Karen), and Greg, and his daughter Linda (Jim) Bailey, all of Delaware. Bob also has 10 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Peggy Coblentz of Bushnell, Florida.

Bob requested no funeral or viewing, and left explicit instructions for his remains. The family is honoring their father's wishes but will hold a private memorial service at a later time. Condolences can be expressed to the family at www.daniels-hutchison.com.
Published in Middletown Transcript from Sept. 13 to Sept. 29, 2017
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