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Frank Kuhn Torbert, Jr.

Born August 26, 1921

Frank Kuhn Torbert, Jr., age 92, of Bear, DE, passed away on Friday, December 13, 2013.

Born in Camden, New Jersey on August 26, 1921, Hank was the son of the late Frank K. Torbert, Sr. and Elizabeth Gibason Shelton Torbert. He bravely served in the US Army during WWII and was a survivor of the invasion of Normandy Beach. After his honorable discharge from the military, Hank worked as a mechanic for Shallcross Chevrolet in Middletown. He later joined the Chrysler Corporation, where he was employed at the company’s Newark plant as a forklift and mechanical repairman. Hank retired in 1981 after many years of dedicated service.

He was a former member of the Grand Lodge of Delaware AF & AM Union Lodge No. 5 of Middletown and a current member of the High Noon Lodge No. 38 in Newport. Hank was a frequent patron of Schaefer’s Canal House in Chesapeake City, MD where he shared many happy times with family and friends. In his leisure time, he enjoyed carving and painting duck decoys. Hank will be remembered as a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Margaret Kershaw Ellison Torbert, who passed away in April of this year. He is survived by his son, Scott Torbert and fiancée Jane Myers; 2 grandsons, Jeremy and Matt, who were his pride and joy; and his nephews, Frank and Albert Crompton.

A graveside service with military honors will be held at 12 Noon on Tuesday, December 17, 2013, at the St. Georges Cemetery, Kirkwood-St. Georges Rd., St. Georges, DE. Interment will follow.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Compassionate Care Hospice, 702 B Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE 19805.

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  • Rest in peace Popeye. I feel blessed to be a part of your life and family. Your kind and generous ways will always be remembered. Shelly

  • Thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathy.

  • I have known Hank since I was a little girl. Hank worked with my father, Harvey Wright and my husband, Marty, at Chrysler. He was a very special and kind person. Our prayers are with the family.

  • Dear Scott and Family, was so sorry to read about your dad’s passing. Our prayers are with you. I have tried to call you many times and I must have your old cell number. Please call me when you are up to it, Warmly, Kathy Roberts, Covered Bridge Farms 737-6929.

  • Rest in Peace, my dear Uncle Hank. I will miss you so much and will always remember you as a man of tremendous kindness and courage. I am comforted to know that you, Aunt Peg, and my Bill are together and so grateful that I married into your family 44 years ago.

    My love to Scott, Jane, Jeremy and Matt now and in the days to come.

  • Dear Scott,
    I hope that you remember me, as some of the happiest memories of my life are of time spent with you & your parents. My deepest sympathy to you for the loss of your beloved parents; as an only child, we are dealt such pain with the loss of a parent. My thoughts are with you. I sent & received Christmas cards from your parents all through the years, & you all were always in my heart. I have email but don”t have a computer…I would love to hear from you again when you feel up to it. My # is still 302-654-6494. You & your family are in my thoughts & prayers.