Robert W. Lake
November 23, 1919 – February 14, 2017
Robert W. Lake, age 97, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 14, 2017.
Robert was born in Honolulu, HI on November 23, 1919, and was the son of the late Minor C. and Adele M. (Groom) Lake. He was a proud veteran and Purple Heart recipient of WWII, serving in the U.S. Army in both the Aleutians, North Apennines and Po Valley. After his honorable discharge, Robert earned his bachelors degree from Rutgers University and his masters degree from the University of Delaware. He would spend the next 25 years serving as a Professor of Entomology and researcher at the university, retiring in 1985. In his leisure time, Robert was an avid gardener.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Alice M. “Poppy” (McDougall) Lake. Robert is survived by his children, Scott A. Lake (Nancy Harris) of Corrales, NM, Allison L. Apps (Jonathan) of Naugatuck, CT and Elizabeth L. Mckenney of Newark; grandchildren, Emily Daniels-Lake, Sean, Michael and Meghan Apps and Quinn Mckenney; and great grandchildren, Patrick J. and Zoey Apps and Jake Ingram.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 12 Noon until 1 pm on Monday, February 20, 2017 at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 W. Park Place, Newark, DE, where a memorial service will begin at 1 pm. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Univeristy of Delaware Department of Entomology, c/o Development and Alumni Relations. Gifts Receiving and Processing Office, 83 East Main Street, 3rd Floor, Newark, DE 19716.