William W. Lenhard, Sr.
Mr. William W. Lenhard, Sr., age 91, of New Castle, DE, died on Thursday, January 6, 2011, at Christiana Hospital.
Born in Phoenixville, PA, on April 29, 1919, Mr. Lenhard was the son of the late Robert Walmsley Lenhard and J. Alicia Wright Lenhard, and was a graduate of Phoenixville High School. He proudly served his country in the US Army Air Corps during World War II, during which he was stationed in Alaska for two years. He would go on to retire from the US Air Force Reserve as a master sergeant after a distinguished 16-year military career. He remained very proud of his military service throughout his life and often told interesting and inspiring stories of his experiences.
In civilian life, Mr. Lenhard was employed in the aircraft industry with Boeing-Vertol, Piasecki Aircraft, and, finally, Atlantic Aviation in New Castle, where he worked for 15 years until his retirement as a senior aircraft instrumentation technician. Active in his community, he was a longtime member of Holy Spirit parish and the Knights of Columbus. In his leisure hours, he enjoyed traveling with his family.
Well known for his dynamic personality and passion for life, Mr. Lenhard will be fondly remembered for a unique and wonderful sense of humor that was greatly appreciated by friends and family alike.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy (Lansing) Lenhard, in 1992. He is survived by his second wife, Mary Micki (Skelly) Damiecki Lenhard; children, William Lenhard, Jr. (Arlene), Diane Kelts (Larry), Thomas Lenhard (Lorraine), Jerome Lenhard (Christine), and Michael Lenhard (Michele); twelve grandchildren, Bill III, Kenneth, Christopher, Jennifer, Barbara, John, Tommy, Joshua, Cari, Nicholas, Alex, and Gabi; five great grandchildren; Mickis children, Gerri Irish, Terri Stephan, Danny Damiecki, Chrissie Thompson, and David Damiecki; and Mickis six grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 4 pm to 6 pm on Sunday, January 9th, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 am on Monday, January 10th, at Holy Spirit R.C. Church, 12 Winder Road, New Castle, DE. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery, 6001 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Mr. Lenhard may be made to Holy Spirit R.C. Church, 12 Winder Road, New Castle, DE 19720.
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