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Ellwood W. Mutschler, Jr.  

Ellwood W. Mutschler, Jr.

July 10, 1947 – February 8, 2016

Ellwood W. Mutschler, Jr., known fondly as “Woody,” age 68, of Elkton, MD, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 8, 2016.

Woody was born in Wilmington, DE on July 10, 1947, and was a son of the late Ellwood W. and Irma (Banks) Mutschler. He was a graduate of Brandywine High School and later graduated from Goldey-Beacom College and Drexel University. A career accountant, Woody worked with QPS in Newark until his retirement in 2015. Previously, he was employed by Storm’s Shoes and later owned Concord Pet.

An avid sports fan, Woody looked forward to cheering on the Philadelphia teams each season and was a University of Delaware Football season ticket holder for over 40 years. In his leisure time, he enjoyed reading, playing softball with the New Castle Senior Center team and bowling. Woody will be remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father, brother and grandfather and will be dearly missed.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Sharon (Wolf) Mutschler; children, Brian Mutschler of Wilmington, DE, Robin Autry of Fayettville, NC, Kevin Mutschler of Newark, DE and Allison Brown of Newark, DE; brother, Larry Mutschler of Chadds Ford, PA; sister, Sharon Crawford of Aston, PA; and 9 grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 am on Saturday morning, February 13, 2016, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE, where a visitation will be held from 10 am until 11 am. Interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Delaware Chapter, 100 W. 10th Street, Ste. 209, Wilmington, DE 19801.

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  1. Rebecca Baczkowski, February 9, 2016

    Thank you for always making me feel welcome in your home (even though we might have gotten into a little trouble.) Your family will always hold a special place in my heart.

  2. Kathy sherwin, February 9, 2016

    Sharon and family, I am so sorry for the loss of Woody. I always have remembered him as such a good guy. I am happy that we so recently ran into each other at Robinos.

  3. Ron and Donna Borden, February 9, 2016

    Sharon and family, we are so very sorry for your loss. Woody was a very special person. May your memories of him bring you comfort. Delaware football will never be the same. Ron and Donna Borden

  4. Kelly McKewen Keefe, February 9, 2016

    Im am so sorry to hear of Woody’s passing. I will remember him as one of the parents at St. Stephen’s with the kindest smile, always willing to help out when needed.

    Prayers to all of you…

  5. Ginger Ayton Bryan, February 9, 2016

    Sharon and heart aches for you but we know that Woody was loved, had a great life, and free of pain. Sharon..sending a big hug.

  6. Eleanor Sabo, February 9, 2016

    Woody was my supervisor when I first started working at QPS. He was always so thoughtful. He was a wonderful person who anyone could tell was a very dedicated family man. He touched many lives. Woody will be sorely missed by those who knew him at QPS.

    My deepest sympathies to Sharon and family. May knowing that Woody is now in heaven give you peace through these difficult times.

  7. Erica Archibald, February 9, 2016

    So full of laughs and fun here on earth, he will be missed. Heaven will be better with him in it, as well as a better place for him to rest. Take care…

  8. Cindy Baughman, February 10, 2016

    Sharon – I am so sorry for your loss. Woody was such a fun-loving, caring man and will be missed. He (and all of your family) have always had a warm place in my heart. You two worked together to create a wonderful close family. That is such a blessing! To Brian, Kevin, Robin & Allison – I know how difficult it is to lose a father and yours was such a great one! I know he will always be in your heart and on your mind. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you during this difficult time. Rest in peace Woody, you will be missed.

  9. Kathy Caramanico Lavine, February 10, 2016

    Sharon and family,

    I am so very sorry for your loss of Woody. He was such a great person. I will remember all of the good times we shared together. Take care.

  10. Lisa Smith, February 10, 2016

    Woody will always be remembered by all who worked with him at QPS as a kind, gentle man. He was always there to give advice and supplied us with chocolate ‘stress relievers’ when work was challenging. I will always remember his smile, sense of humor and how much he loved football! Very sorry for your loss we will always remember him in our hearts.

    Lisa Smith

  11. Rita McCrae, February 10, 2016

    To the Family of Woody, you had a gem, and that gem was so bright it will forever shine brightly in your hearts and souls. You can always tell a person’s spirit by their eyes and smile and he had smiling eyes and and a warm smile. He was a genuinely sweet person and he will be missed. I worked with Woody at QPS.

  12. Frank Guns, February 10, 2016

    It is not often that you meet someone and even though you share little in common, instanly like them. I only worked with Woody about a year but when our paths crossed, I always enjoyed his pleasant presence.

  13. Tip Sheets, February 10, 2016

    So sorry for your loss.

  14. Susan Clark, February 10, 2016

    Sharon and family, So sorry for your loss. May your memory’s help you through Woody’s loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  15. Carolyn Clatchey, February 10, 2016

    I enjoyed working with Woody at QPS. We shared a love for football even though he was an Eagles fan and I am a Ravens fan we could always have great conversations. The Ravens were ok with him because Joe Flacco (Ravens quarterback) was from U of D!

    Woody has been missed since he retired. He will be missed even more now.

    Sharon and family, your loss is overwhelming, but I truly believe that our loved ones remain with us. They don’t go off to some dark and distant place, they simply continue into eternal life with God. They are still with us, lovingly and tenderly waiting for the day when we too will enter the doorway of our eternal home.

    Rest in peace, Woody.

  16. J.R. Fleetwood, February 10, 2016

    I am so sorry for your loss! You are all in my thoughts and prayers at this time.

    Mr. Fleetwood and the Gallaher Elementary School Family

  17. Regina Moore O'Connor, February 10, 2016

    My sincere sympathy for your loss. We were neighbors growing up and our parents good friends. There were many fun times and great memories. My thoughts and prayers.

    Gina Moore O’Connor

  18. zamas, February 10, 2016

    Sharon, Woody has an incredible sense of humour and having him around at work made me laugh. I miss him tremendously when he retired. When times are tough I remember some of Woody’s suggestions and his humour, and that always makes thing better. Zamas

  19. Jan Ekoniak, February 10, 2016

    To the Mutschler Family:

    Woody was a trusted and beloved colleague at QPS and was amazing in both his productivity and accuracy in his work. But what set Woody apart was the humanity and the caring that he expressed each day. He also displayed a great sense of humor! We had adjoining offices for more than 8 years and I was lucky enough to witness his love for his family and friends, and his sincere caring for the employees of QPS. I believe God has set aside a special place for Woody in Heaven. May God bless you, his family, with peace and may wonderful memories help sustain you at this difficult time.

  20. Jerry Gromelski, February 10, 2016

    A great guy and colleague. I will forever remember the water cooler chats at QPS praising the Phillies/Eagles when they were going good and trashing them ever so when they were bad.

    My deepest sympathies to Sharon and the family.

    Jerry Gromelski

  21. Jon & Kathy Wagner, February 10, 2016

    Our hearts and prayers are with you. Woody always made us feel like family and he will be missed.

  22. Janice Shellar Watson, February 10, 2016

    Sharon, I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family.

  23. Jim McCay, February 10, 2016

    I only knew Woody thru the morning and evening Senior Softball leagues over the past several years. Usually I was on the opposing team but i considered him a very close and caring friend. Woody was a terrific competitor on the field, off the field we shared many a cold beer at games end. That’s the Woody I will remember. He made a difference and will be sorely missed by the softball community.

    Jim McCay

  24. Carole Stewart, Chambers Works Treasurer, February 11, 2016

    Our prayers are with you in this sorrowful time. He will be missed by his fellow bowlers on the
    Chambers Works League on Wednesday nights.

  25. John O'Neill, February 11, 2016

    I, as many others, enjoyed many years of softball with Woody.
    Always was a great adversary when it came to talking politics.
    You will be missed by many and God bless your family during their time of grief.

  26. Kathee Quigley, February 11, 2016

    Sharon and family,
    So sorry to hear about Woody. He was a kind and very caring man. He always would ask about how “YOU”were even though he was going thru so much. I am very thankful to have known him. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.



  27. Artie Pleasanton - Fairfax Hardware, February 11, 2016

    Thanks Woody for all fun the times at basketball. Miss you


  28. Dave & Kathy Moon, February 11, 2016

    Sorry for your loss, we are keeping your family in our prayers. Way to young, but his memories will be with you. From the Moon Family.

  29. Arlene Duffy, February 11, 2016

    Dear Sharon

    Since I am away most of the time I really never got a chance to know Woody. My memories of him is riding his tractor lawn mower cutting the grass. He would look up and we would exchange waves as I drove away. Having read all the condolences here about Woody with his sense of humor, his compassion for people and his love of family and let’s not forget The Phillies and the Eagles, it is my loss that I missed knowing him as others do. How fortunate you are to have had 48 years with him and he with you. And how I know you wish it could have been longer. Sharon although it may not be the same just know that he will always be with you and you know what I mean. Just remember you are not only in my thoughts and prayers but I am here for you if you need me.


  30. Peggy Homa, February 11, 2016

    Dear Kevin & Sandra;

    Both Dave and I are so so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. We remember him and what a great personality he had! Their are no words at a time like this. Please remember when everything is over and the people have left I will be thinking and praying for you and your family.
    Peggy & Dave Homa

  31. Mark & Carrie Autry, February 12, 2016

    So sorry for your loss. We’ll miss his smiling face, hopefully he and dad are having a great round of golf right now!
    Love Mark, Carrie & Ashleigh

  32. Jacqueline Brown, February 12, 2016

    Dear Sharon and Family:

    Earth has no sorrows that Heaven cannot heal. My God give you peace and understanding during this difficult time. Our prayers are with you always.

    With Heartfelt Sympathy,

    Jackie, Tony, & Hiram Jr.

  33. Sue-Fong Shen, February 12, 2016

    Dear Sharon and Family,

    I feel lucky to have worked with Woody in the same department for so many years. Especially at the last several years before his retirement, he had been my manager. I have witnessed his dedication to his family and his work, and his kindness to his colleagues.

    Right after his retirement from QPS, he came back to the company to help. For the first half year in 2015, he has helped me to worked on the field that I had never explored before. During that period of time, I again have witnessed his expertise in his profession, and his patience to this novice coworker.

    Even when several of his old colleagues got together with him, and at that time he was very illed, he asked how our children, families were doing…

    I shall always remember his caring heart toward people.

    May our Lord comfort you, grant peace to you.


  34. Jim Dorsey, February 12, 2016

    Karen and I are so sorry and Its so important that you always remember the happy times. I first met Woody on the Softball fields in 2000 and he was a great cluch hitter and more important a better person. He knew how to battle on the field and in life. I was glad to play next to him in Pompano the past two years. GOD bless your family.

  35. Andy Vespe, February 13, 2016

    To the Mutschler family
    I am so sorry for your loss.My thoughts and prays go out to all of you during this difficult time.

  36. Chick Trakas Jr,, February 13, 2016

    Our condolences to you and the family on your loss of a caring, humorous individual!

    The Trakas Family

  37. Scott & Patty Matthews, February 13, 2016

    Deepest sympathy Brian and your family! Lots of great memories!

  38. Hui Zhang, February 14, 2016

    Woody was the type of person that did not speak much, but easy to be remembered by his thoughtfulness and caring to people. I truly feel honored to have known him through work. He was one of the reasons that making me feel I’ve found the right company to work with.

  39. Dan Keen, February 15, 2016

    I have great memories of “Woodman” from many years ago. He gave me one of my first jobs and looked out for me. He also provided so much fun for us in our High School years. I am grateful to have had him as an influence in my early years. My heart goes out to all of you!
    -Dan Keen

  40. Dave and Frances Archibald, February 15, 2016

    In sympathy for your loss.

  41. LingSing Chen, February 26, 2016

    It was shocking to learn Woody’s passing last night, even though I knew he was very ill. As I have retired from QPS about the same time as Woody, I always feel that special bonding and that Woody was my thoughtful and humorous brother and colleague. Many fond memories of Woody, his professionalism, his gentle and thoughtful heart, his great sense of humor, and his birthday wishes on each of my birthdays while I was at QPS,…..

    Woody, rest in peace, you will always be dearly missed!

  42. Cynthia Morgan, May 18, 2016

    Dear Sharon and family,

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Sharon, 48 years is a long time, but never long enough when you love someone deeply.

    I’ve learned that grief is not linear. It does not move in a straight line as some people think when they say, “Each day will get better.” Grief can zig zag all over the place — backwards, forwards, every which way … and sometimes all in the same day, month or year. So know that you are not going crazy.

    Take good care of yourself, and be patient with yourself as you heal.

    With deepest sympathy,


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