Charles Frank Douty

December 26, 1930 - January 14, 2023

Charles Frank Douty, age 92, of New Castle, DE, passed away on Saturday, January 14, 2023.

Born in Pittsburgh, PA on December 26, 1930 he was a son of the late Arthur L. and Esther K. (Dreese) Douty. Charles proudly served his country as a forensic chemist in the US Army during the Korean War. During this time, he and his wife Janice lived in Japan. He was then employed with DuPont for over 25 years as a senior research chemist with patents in his name. Charles was a member of DuPont Country Club for over 50, and the American Chemical Society for over 60, years.

In his spare time, he enjoyed golfing, ballroom dancing and traveling. Charles was a brilliant man who loved his family very much. Most of all, he was a loving husband and amazing father.

In addition to his parents, Charles was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Janice (Weil) Douty; brother, Arthur L. Douty II; and his beloved dog, Torchy. He will be dearly missed by his children, Charles Douty (and wife Celina), Elaine Grant (and husband Jim), Charlene Capaldo; and grandchildren, James Grant (and wife Devon), Julia Grant, Sarah Grant, Charles “Chad” Douty (and wife Peighton), Benjamin Douty (and Fiancee Hannah), Jillian Sitaras (and husband Jimmy), and Marcus Capaldo.

A visitation for friends and family will be held from 11 am until 12 pm on Monday, January 23, 2023, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE, where a funeral service will begin at 12 pm. Interment will follow in Silverbrook Cemetery, 3300 Lancaster Avenue, Wilmington, DE.

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  • We are truly sorry for your loss and praying that your happy memories will bring you peace.

  • A man of wisdom, a man of love. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
    We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayer for you is that you have the comfort and peace of the LORD as you walk through this time of grief and sorrow.

  • Thinking of you Elaine, Jimmy, and your family. Sending hugs and my best wishes. Love, Pam

  • Elaine and Jim and Family. I am deeply sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family

  • I Loved You Uncle Chuck. You were an amazing man. You were so patient with us normal humans, and always with a smile. Your laugh was infectious and genuine. Rest in Peace you will be missed. I am so sorry for your loss.

  • With loving memories of Uncle Chuck and the lessons of family provided to us by him.

  • I always enjoyed talking with Mr. Douty. The world was definitely better with his presence.

  • My father, my teacher, my hero. I am so blessed to have been born to you and mom. I will forever cherish our long conversations that explored the “impossible” and “how could it be possible”. You demonstrated to the scientific world that what many other scientists said was “impossible”, was possible after all. I carry your optimism for “all things possible” in my soul. You taught me of honor, to treat all people with respect, and to surround myself with good people. You gave me the foundations for a great life. In the end I hope you were at least half as proud of me as I am of you. God take this great but humble man, until we meet again.

  • Chuck was a family man and a gentleman par excellence. He was a patriot, a kind and generous soul and the best kind of friend. Chuck will be missed by all that knew him.