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David E. McKelvey

July 14, 1942 - February 27, 2018

David E. McKelvey, age 75, of Townsend, DE, passed away peacefully with his loving family by his side on Tuesday, February 27, 2018.

Born in Wilmington, DE on July 14, 1942, he was a son of the late James and Lillian (Lewis) McKelvey. David graduated from William Penn High School in 1960. He then went on to proudly serve his county in the U.S. Army and the National Guard. David retired from the U.S. Postal Service as a mail carrier, retiring after 35 years.

David had a wonderful sense of humor. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish. David enjoyed sports and liked to watch games in person and on television. During the past 9 years, his greatest joy was spending time with his granddaughters, who he affectionately called Special K and Country Road. David will always be remembered as a loving husband, father, and grandfather who will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, James L. McKelvey. David is survived by his loving wife of more than 50 years, Linda H. (Heller) McKelvey; son, David L. McKelvey (Kim); and his granddaughters, Kieran and Delaney.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 11 am until 12 Noon on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a funeral service will begin at 12 Noon. Interment will follow in Silverbrook Cemetery, 3300 Lancaster Pike, Wilmington, DE 19805.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in David’s memory can be made to Paralyzed Veterans of America, 108 18th Street NW, Washington, DC 20006 or by visiting

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  • Dave and Kim, soo sorry for your loss!!! Times like these are never easy, but knowing what an awesome, and amazing man and a father you are only speaks louder volumes for what an amazing man your dad was!!! May God be with you and your family during this difficult time!!!

  • So sorry for your loss I worked with Dave for over 20 plus years. Loved Dave he always had a kind word for me and a joke

  • I am sorry to read of Davis’s passing. I hope the wonderful memories that you have, will help you get thru this. Class mate,
    Dolores Smith Foster

  • Dave, keeping you and your family in my thoughts. May the happy memories of your dad comfort you. With love from NC.

  • Dear Linda and Family,

    Please know I am very sorry for your loss of your husband, father and grandfather. Steven shared with me about his great love and respect for his Uncle David. Uncle David must have had great love and care in his heart for all of you. Be assured of my prayers and loving concern as you move through this time of great loss and sadness

    Love, .
    Lynne Sadusky

  • From a high school friend, I send my sincere sympathy for your loss. David had a wonderful sense of humor, which I always enjoyed. I know that he will be missed.

  • I am so sorry I wasn’t able to attend Dave’s funeral he had a big impact on me. I loved working with him he kept me sane his love for John Wayne and Johnny Cash he professed almost every day. I will never forget him