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Richard John Washer

Died: 7/13/2011

Mr. Richard John Washer, known fondly as Dick, age 74, of New Castle, DE, went to be with his Lord on July 13, 2011, at Heartland Hospice House, Wilmington, DE. He was born at home in Andover, NJ, on June 7, 1937.

He was preceded in death by his father, Richard A. Washer, stepmother, Laren Washer, mother, Frances Litts, stepfather, Frank Litts, and brother, Frank Bucky Litts. He is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Shirley (Layton) Washer; his four children, Mary Ann Wagner (Jack) of Newark, DE, Sharol Knorr (James) of Forked River, NJ, Jeffrey Washer (Jessica) of Bear, DE, and Scott Washer (DeAnne) of Louisville, KY. He is also survived by two sisters, Linda Reuter (John) of Middletown, NY, and Diane Kleveno of Middletown, NY; brothers-in-law, Edward Layton (Helen) of Newton, NJ, and C. Everett Layton (Leigh) of Indianapolis, IN; and sister-in-law, Jayne Patricia (Joseph) of Lafayette, NJ. In addition, he is survived by his grandchildren, who loved their grandfather dearly, Brenda Barsch (Kurt) of Salt Lake City, UT, James Knorr, Jr. (Marie) of Barnegat, NJ, Steven Britton (Jodi) of Orange, TX, Michelle Falk (Erick) of Forked River, NJ, Lauren Knorr of Forked River, NJ, Amber Dhanawade (Rosh) of Bloomington, IN, Ashley Wagner of Newark, DE, Becca, Olivia, and Austin Washer of Louisville, KY; as well as his two great grandchildren, Alivia Britton of Orange, TX, and Ian Knorr of Barnegat, NJ; two special aunts, Evelyn Carle of Newton, NJ, and Marie Cole of Andover, NJ; and a host of nephews, nieces, and cousins.

Dick served his Savior faithfully. He taught Sunday School and Junior Church for 33 years. He served as a deacon at Faith Baptist Church, Newton, NJ, Faith Baptist Church, Pleasant Plains, NJ, and First Baptist Church, New Castle, DE. He was a Founding Father of Lighthouse Baptist Church, Newark, DE, where he was a charter member.

He loved the many cats he rescued and adopted over the years. They will all miss him greatly.

Dick started his career in aviation in 1957 with Eastern Airlines in Miami, FL, and Newark, NJ, as an A & P mechanic. He was then employed by Anderson-Dunham, Baton Rouge, LA, as a mechanic/pilot. He then became chief pilot for Leisure Technology in Toms River, NJ, whose owner also owned the Boston Celtics; Dick had the pleasure of bringing some of his family to Boston to see the Celtics play. His next stop in his aviation career was at FlightSafety International, New Castle County Airport, DE, as a pilot/flight instructor. He then became chief pilot for the DeMoss Foundation, based in St. Davids, PA. His career continued as a captain for NewsCorp, owned by Rupert Murdoch, based in Teterboro, NJ. With NewsCorp, Dick had the opportunity to travel to Europe and Israel. One of the highlights in working with NewsCorp was flying Mr. Murdoch into Romania as the first corporate flight after Romanias independence from Russia. Finally he returned in 1995 to FlightSafety International and spent the rest of his career as a pilot/flight instructor.

The family would like to thank Dr. Yezdani, Dr. Falchuk, the staff of Medical ICU at Christiana Hospital, and the staff at Heartland Hospice House for their tremendous care of Dick.

Services will be held on Monday, July 18th, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE. Visitation hours are from 11 am to 1 pm with a Homegoing Celebration Service at 1 pm. Burial will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Lighthouse Baptist Church Building Fund, 1842 Otts Chapel Road, Newark, DE 19702.

To sign guest book, visit SPICER-MULLIKIN FUNERAL HOMES & CREMATORY 302-328-2213

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