The Obit For Horace Willey

Horace B. Willey Jr.

Published in NewsZapDE from September 30 to October 5, 2011

CAMDEN - Horace B. Willey Jr., Retired Director of Training, Delaware State Police, of Camden died peacefully with his family by his side, Wednesday Sept. 28, 2011 in Dover. He was 89.

Mr. Willey was born Nov. 16, 1921, in Lincoln to the late Horace and Ruth Wright Willey. He was a lifelong Delaware resident, graduate of Milford High School class of 1942. Entered the USAAC in 1942, and was assigned to the 98th Bomb Group, serving in Italy and discharged in 1945.

He joined the Delaware State Police that year, and retired after 20 years with the rank of Staff Captain and Director of Training. In his second career he was employed by the Delaware Superior Court as Chief Pre-sentence Officer of Kent County. He served for 17 years until retirement in 1987.

Mr. Willey was a pitcher in the Eastern Shore League Division of the NY Giants at 17 years of age, in 2006 he was inducted into the Eastern Shore League Hall of Fame. He was active in the Mar-Del League in 1940 until WWII, and resumed activity after the war's end until 1950.

He was Assistant Cub Scout Master in 1954 and coached Little League and Pony League for several years. He served as President of the Carlisle Fire Company 1966-67 before moving to Dover. He served as President of the Diamond State Beagle Club in Petersburg. He was also an avid fisherman. He served on the Vestry and as Junior Warden at Christ Episcopal Church in Milford where he attended for many years. He joined St. James Anglican Parish in Georgetown in 1996. He served as Senior Warden there.

Mr. Willey is survived by his wife of 70 years, Viola Pearce Willey; daughter, Vernell Abella and her husband Michael of Dover; four grandchildren, Melody Abella-Wyatt of Arlington, Va., Steven Willey of Smyrna; Dr. Holly Abella Smith of Magnolia, and David Willey of Arlington, Va.; and two great-grandchildren, Leah Willey and Faith Smith.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Terry in 2005.

Funeral services were held 1:30 p.m., Saturday Oct. 1, 2011 at Calvary Assembly of God, 1141 E. Lebanon Rd., Dover, where friends call ed two hours prior.

Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Camden.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions be made to American Diabetes Association , PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312, or St. James Anglican Parish, 23269 Park Ave., Georgetown, DE 19947.