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David D. Poffenberger III

November 4, 1931 - December 9, 2021

David D. Poffenberger III, age 90, of Middletown, DE, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, December 9, 2021.

Born in Wilmington, DE on November 4, 1931, he was the oldest son of the late David D. and Belinda (Boyce) Poffenberger, Jr. David was raised in Stanton and Newark and was a graduate of Newark High School. He retired after 25 years from Getty Oil Co. in 1985. Following his retirement, David founded Poffenberger Associates, a lobbying firm for special interest groups for Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.

A friend to the community, David dedicated countless hours as a little league coach and scout master of Troop 123 and as the district chairman for Caesar Rodney District. David was an active member of the Delaware River Pilots Commission as well as the St. Georges Cemetery board. Deep in his faith, he enjoyed attending Christ the Cornerstone Church.

In addition to his parents, David was preceded in death by his daughter, Diane G. Baker; and brother, Robert Poffenberger. He is survived by his wife, Deborah A. (Staats) Poffenberger; children, David Poffenberger IV (Aileen) of Middletown, Dwight Poffenberger (Joyce) of Smyrna, Dawn Lowe (Jerry) of St. Georges, and Denise Arterbridge (Leroy) of Middletown; siblings, Wright Poffenberger (Mary Lou) of Bethany Beach and Virginia Bussey (Brian) of Kinnelon, NJ; son-in-law, Edward Baker (Dyan) of Warwick, MD; 15 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

All services will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in David’s memory to Christ the Cornerstone Church, 3135 Summit Bridge Road, Bear, DE 19701 or online by clicking here, or St. Georges United Methodist Church, PO Box 145, St. Georges, DE 19733 or online by clicking here.

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8 Condolences for David D. Poffenberger III

  • Very kind and dedicated family man. His gracious legacy will live on with his children and grandchildren.

  • So saddened to hear of the passing of Mr Poffenberger. Our families have been connected over the years by friendships that were more like family. We celebrated happy times like weddings, holidays and birthdays as well as helping each other through the hard times of losing the ones we loved. To Mrs P, David, Dwight, Dawn, and Denise, we love you and are keeping you in our prayers.

  • Such a wonderful and fun cousin, “De” was wise and compassionate and very intentional with his thoughts, actions, and caregiving to all. He and Debbie were so close and important to my parents, Trux and Doris Boyce, throughout their lives and aging.

    De was talented and accomplished but also street-smart and down-to-earth. I’m so happy that his and Deb’s terrific children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren can continue on growing and contributing and caring for their community at large.

  • Sending my heartfelt condolences on the death of Mr. Poffenberger. I have many wonderful memories of the Poultney/Poffenberger times together.

    Janet Poultney Henderson

  • Such an extraordinary dedicated family man – he will be missed by a very loving family. Blessings to all the Poffenberger family.

  • My deepest condolences to Mrs. Poffenberger, David, and the entire Poffenberger family on the passing of Mr. Poffenberger. 90 years…what a wonderful lifetime. May you all find great comfort and peace, in the memories you hold of him with each passing day. Gail.

  • My thoughts and prayers are with all of the Poffenbergers, may you find comfort in the many good memories you have.

  • Our sincerest condolences to the Poffenburger family and friends. May God comfort you in your loss.

    Scott & JoAnn Wilson
    New Braunfels, TX