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John L. LeVan

October 14, 1952 – February 12, 2016

John L. LeVan, age 63, of Bear, DE, passed away peacefully at home while surrounded by his family on Friday, February 12, 2016.

A native New Castle, Delawarean, John was born in Wilmington on October 14, 1952, and was a son of the late Paul A. LeVan, Sr. and Emma D. (Hutchison) LeVan. He made his career with American Minerals where he worked as a production foreman for 44 years until recently. Well known for his strong work ethic, John was an exceptionally dedicated employee.

He was a devoted Philadelphia sports fan and looked forward to cheering on his favorite teams each season. An avid outdoorsman, John owned several boats over the years and enjoyed fishing and crabbing. He was active in his community and gave of his time as a youth Little League coach for many years. In his leisure time, John enjoyed bowling and hanging out with his lifelong best friend and cousin, Robert. His happiest moments were spent in the company of his loved ones and he adored watching his children and grandchildren splash around the family pool. John will be remembered as a generous and caring person who always went out of his way to help anyone in need. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his sister, Dorothy Lambdin. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Marilyn (Stranahan) LeVan; children, John L. LeVan, Jr., Harry R. Wiest and Jodi M. Gennusa (Jeff) all of Bear, DE; brothers, Paul LeVan (Mary Ann) of Lebanon, PA and Joseph LeVan of Millsboro, DE; sisters, Maryellen Veid (Richard) of New Castle, DE and Virginia Harless of North East, MD; grandchildren, Matthew, Joshua, Delaney, Logan and Jeffrey; childhood friend, Fred Steel and many others; and a multitude of nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 12 Noon on Wednesday, February 17, 2016, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 12 Noon. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in John’s memory may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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  1. John Hutchison, February 13, 2016

    Dear Family,
    I am sorry to hear about your loss.
    I pray that in the midst of your sorrow you find comfort in all the joyful memories shared.
    I know John is looking down from heaven with eyes of love –
    God Bless you in this time of need.

  2. Sandi and Vince Gennusa, February 13, 2016

    We’ll miss you, John. Rest in peace.

  3. Susan Parry, February 13, 2016

    iam truly sorry for the loss of your loved one. john will be missed. he is at peace. God bless him. he was such a great husband, father, brother, uncle and a friend. Marilyn iam here for you always. love you all. Susan

  4. Tina McNett, February 13, 2016

    Old Man Levan was a wonderful, giving man. I am truly blessed to have known him . Merl and him were the people that would give and do anything to help others. I was lucky to grow up with the Levan family and become neighbors as an adult . John will be dearly missed. Love, Tina McNett

  5. Doris Crain, February 14, 2016

    My heart breaks for you Marilyn and family.A great man taken to cherish all the wonderful memories..he will be dearly missed..if I can do anything let me know..I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers..”OLD MAN..I HOPE YOU GET TO PULL THAT BUNNY RABBIT..CAUSE I’M SURE WILLY WAS WAITING TO BEAT YOU IN POKER..LOL””REST IN PEACE
    . ..

  6. Mildred lee (hutchison), February 14, 2016

    May the joy of the lord be your strength through this difficult time…keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.. R.I.P..Big John

  7. Sheila (Hall ) Yenshaw, February 14, 2016

    So Sad to here of the passing of such a great man prayers to the family May You Rest In Piece JOHN

  8. Gina Marie, February 14, 2016

    Uncle John was one of the most loving and hard working men I have ever met. I will miss him very very much. He and Faye were very lucky to have one another. I know she is lost without her best friend, but yet another angel to watch over her. She is so strong and I love her for that. Thoughts and prayers to his loved ones.

    I love you Johnny! Rest easy!
    Your one and only Gina Marie

  9. Michael Wilson, February 14, 2016

    Sorry for your loss my prayers are with you and your family John will be missed very much. Love you from mike Lisa and mike Jr Wilson

  10. Charlie tester jr, February 15, 2016

    To the Levan family I am sending my thoughts and prayers to you guys and to John and his kids and family.

  11. Charlie tester jr, February 15, 2016

    To the Levan family my prayers and thoughts go out to you guys and I am sorry for your lost.

  12. Donna Smith, February 16, 2016

    Thinking of your entire family during this difficult time. John was a sweet and easy going man. He will be missed by many. XOXO

  13. Jim and Allison Mentz, February 16, 2016

    We are deeply saddened to hear about John’s passing. He truly had a good heart and will be sadly missed by all that knew him. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.


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