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W. Donald Deputy Jr.

September 2, 2021

Obituary

W. Donald Deputy Jr., Felton, passed away suddenly on Thursday, September 2, 2021, at the Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital, he was 62.  Donald was born in Milford, DE to the late, Wilbert Donald Deputy Sr. and Janet Melvin. 

Donald worked as a superintendent for the Sandtown Landfill.  It was during that time he worked over 30 years with George & Lynch, and he had also worked as a dispatcher for the Dover Police Department.

Donald loved spending time with his family, especially spoiling his grandkids.  One of his favorite things to do was to go camping.  As a dedicated fireman, he enjoyed visiting other fire companies whenever he was traveling out of state.  Hobbies included antiquing, gardening, hunting with friends and family, and going to NASCAR races.  He was a dedicated Cowboys fan and always looked forward to having coffee with the "coffee club" who met at the firehouse.  Donald was well loved by all that knew him.  He never met a stranger, and knew people everywhere he went.  He will be greatly missed.

Donald was a dedicated life member of the Felton Community Fire Company, where he previously served in many capacities, including Treasurer and Chief Engineer.  He was affectionately known as Trout around the firehouse.

In addition to his mother Janet Melvin (James), Donald is survived by his wife of 37 years, Robin Deputy; son, Ryan Deputy; daughters, Jordan Schulties (Greg), Lauren Deputy (Ian Smith); siblings, Wayne Rawding (Denise), Virginia Deputy, Carl Deputy (Patty), Jane Mutter (Dave), Clifton Deputy (Andrea); and 2 grandchildren, Avery and Colton Schulties.    

A celebration of Life Service for Donald, with full fireman's honors, will be on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, at 1PM with a visitation starting at 11AM, at the Felton Community Fire Company, PO BOX 946, Felton, DE 19943.  Interment will take place at Hopkins Cemetery, Felton.

In lieu of flowers, donations are strongly encouraged to the Felton Community Fire Company at the address above.

 Arrangements are entrusted to the Thomas E. Melvin & Son Funeral Home, please visit us at www.melvinfuneralhome.com to express or send condolences.

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Services

Visitation
Tuesday
September 7, 2021

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Felton Fire Company
9 East Main Street
Felton, DE 19943

Celebration of Life
Tuesday
September 7, 2021

1:00 PM
Felton Fire Company
9 East Main Street
Felton, DE 19943

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