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Donald C. “Don” Aukamp  

Donald C. Aukamp

August 19, 1929 ~ September 6, 2014

Donald C. Aukamp, age 85, of New Castle, Delaware passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 6, 2014.

Born on August 19, 1929 in Reading, Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late Robert D. Aukamp and Evelyn (Binder) Aukamp.

Don proudly served his country with the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.

In his early twenties, Don met the love of his life, the former Nancy E. Herb.  Together they were blessed with more than sixty-two years of marriage, three children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  Family meant everything to Don and he loved each and every one of them dearly.  He will always be remembered as a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to many.

Don retired in 1980 as an inspector with Chrysler following thirty years of dedicated service.  During those years, he shared his strong work ethic with many and made numerous lifelong friends.

He was a life member of the Delaware State Pistol Club, a member of the Joseph B. Stahl American Legion Post #30 and a member of the Korean War Veterans Association.

Don enjoyed various interests throughout his life, but his family will always recall his passion as an avid NASCAR fan and air show enthusiast.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Katy.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Nancy E.  Aukamp; three children, Donna Harding of Newark, David Aukamp of New Castle and Jack Aukamp and his wife, Arleen of New Castle; five grandchildren, Matthew, Jeffrey, Angela, Robert and Timothy; two great-grandsons, Bryon and Jacob.

Funeral services will be held at 7:00 pm on Wednesday evening, September 10, 2014 at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where friends may visit with Don’s family from 5:30 – 7:00 pm.  Interment will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday morning, September 11, 2014 at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Don’s memory to the VFW National Headquarters, 406 West 34th Street, Kansas City, MO 64111.

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  1. Linda Kauffer, September 7, 2014

    Donna and Family, You were truly blessed to have such a wonderful man in your lives. My prayers are with you as you celebrate his life, and mourn his passing. Peace to all of you.

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  2. Donna Harding, September 7, 2014

    Dear Dad, you were most certainly a uniquely loving and special dad who never failed to let us know how you felt about us. Family was everything to you. Working on your slideshow is reminding me of all the great times our family had with you and mom before medical issues took over both your lives. I trust you’re pain free, breathing fully and with your beloved granddaughter, Katy, once again. I miss you already and will definitely miss your critiques on my photography. Thank you for getting me started on my life path by bringing me into your darkroom as a young child. I’ll never forget what you taught me. Love, Donna

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  3. Cathy Dixon, September 7, 2014

    Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time.

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  4. Esther Jane Thomas, September 7, 2014

    What a proud and wonderful legacy he leaves behind. I know he will be sorely missed. God bless his family!

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  5. Fran Wardell, September 7, 2014

    You will be greatly missed! My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family. Rest in peace.

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  6. Frank & Fran Cebula, September 7, 2014

    Donna, we are all so very sorry for your loss. Know that our hearts are with you at this
    time, and to your mother and family. Know that all the good memories will last longer
    then the pain you are feeling at this time. Bless his heart that is was quick and peaceful.

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  7. Collier / Judi Squire, September 8, 2014

    Jack
    Thinking of you and your family and sending our condolences.

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  8. Shelley Evans, September 8, 2014

    Donna and family, please accept my condolences on the loss of your dad, Donald. You’re in my thoughts at this sad time. I love what you wrote above to your father, Donna. I apologize in advance for not visiting you Wednesday evening at the funeral home, but I am fortunate enough to be spending the week with my dad in NY. Much love always, Shel

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  9. Susan Ishler Newton, September 9, 2014

    So sorry to hear about your loss. Love & prayers going to you at this difficult time.

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  10. Debbie Breznitsky, September 9, 2014

    Dave, Sorry for the loss of your dad. The pain never really goes away but it does get easier in time to handle because you have all the great memories your dad made with your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time. Remember your dad will ALWAYS be in your heart. Debbie Brez

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  11. Lee Petrilli, September 9, 2014

    I know no words no mine can make your loss easier to bear but please accept my condolences on your dad’s passing.
    Lee

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  12. Shawna Corsello, September 10, 2014

    Dear Donna,
    I’m so sorry to learn of your father’s death. It’s never easy to lose a parent. From reading the obituary and your comments above, it sounds as though your dad was a loving family man. I see that your inspiration to become a photographer was due in part to your dad’s own interest in photography. What an incredible gift! You, your dad, and the rest of your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
    Shawna

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  13. Mike Moye, September 19, 2014

    Sorry to hear about the loss of your father.
    Sincerely,
    Mike Moye

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