William H. Wallendorf
August 17, 1938 – April 11, 2017
William H. Wallendorf, age 78, of Baltimore, MD and formerly of Delaware City, DE passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 11, 2017.
William (Bill) was born in Wilmington, DE on August 17, 1938, and was the son of the late Arthur W. and Eleanor (Hall) Jackson. He graduated from Delaware City High School and throughout his life retained connections to his home town.
He proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army.
Bill attended the University of Delaware where he earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering in 1969.
Bill’s career in the Petroleum Industry spanned more than 50 years in all phases of Fluid Catalytic Cracking Technology, beginning after college with Standard Oil of Ohio (British Petroleum), then WR Grace, and then Katalistiks where he managed the Technical Services efforts working in both North America and Europe. In 1994 Bill joined Stone & Webster Engineering in Houston Texas as a Senior Engineering Consultant. Bill was a brilliant and respected Chemical Engineer with a contagious smile, and a relentless can-do attitude. He was a strong and loving person whose generous spirit turned many of his colleagues into life-long friends.
An avid sports fan, he looked forward to cheering on the University of Delaware Women’s Basketball team each season with his son Bill, Jr., and dear friends Tony and Debbie Gary, and Joe Patterson. He enjoyed photography, bicycle riding, and spending time with his friends and family, especially his grandchildren whom he adored.
Bill is survived by his children, Susan E. Wallendorf and William H. Wallendorf, Jr.; brother, Wayne Wallendorf; sisters, Margaret Ann Jackson and Jo Anne Parsons, aunt, Rose Marie Hall (Austin); former wife and mother of his children, Linda J. Rubin, and grandchildren, Hannah, Lauren and Jessie Gilson. He was preceded in death by his brothers Arthur W. Wallendorf, Jr., and Paul R. Wallendorf.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10:30 am until 11:30 am on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 214 Clinton Street, Delaware City, DE, where a memorial service will begin at 11:30 am. A committal service will follow in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE 19701.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the University of Delaware Women’s Basketball team in memory of Bill Wallendorf. Please send contributions to: University of Delaware, Gifts Processing, 83 E. Main St, 3rd Fl., Newark, DE 19716. Make checks payable to ‘University of Delaware’ and include on the memo line “in memory of Bill Wallendorf”. Gifts can also be made on the University of Delaware’s secure website, www.udel.edu/makeagift.