B. Willey Jr.
Published in NewsZapDE from September 30 to October 5,
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
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
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.