Carl Franklin “Whitey” Swanson, Jr.
May 3, 1933 - November 10, 2021
Carl Franklin “Whitey” Swanson, Jr., age 88, of Townsend, DE, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, November 10, 2021.
Born in Wilmington, DE on May 3, 1933, he was a son of the late Carl Franklin and Myrtle (Tarbutton) Swanson, Sr. Whitey proudly served in the U.S. Marines during the Korean War. He then worked as a meter reader for the City of Newark for 30 years until his retirement. Whitey was an avid fisherman and crabber and loved tending to his flower and vegetable gardens. He also greatly enjoyed reading. Whitey especially loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Whitey was preceded in death by his brother, Albert Swanson; and sister, Delores Smith. He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Catherine Ann (DeRose) Swanson; children, Mark Anthony Swanson (Avis) and Shari Swanson Grubb (Wayne); sister, Barbara Fender; 6 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 5 pm until 7 pm on Monday, November 22, 2021, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 275 East Main Street, Middletown, DE, where a funeral service will begin at 7 pm. Face coverings will be required for all those in attendance not immunized with the COVID-19 vaccine per the Governor of Delaware. Interment will be held privately in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Whitey’s memory to Seasons Hospice, 220 Continental Drive, Ste 101, Newark, DE 19713 or online by clicking here.