George W. Eaton, Jr. - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

George W. Eaton, Jr.

April 25, 1951 - November 19, 2023

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of George W. Eaton, Jr., age 72, of Bear, DE, on Sunday, November 19, 2023.

Born in Donaldsonville, LA on April 25, 1951, he was a son of the late George W. and Alice (Schexnayder) Eaton. George was a graduate of Christiana High School, class of 1969, where he was a member of the Usher’s Club. He began his career as an automobile mechanic at Rockhill Pontiac. George later became a diesel mechanic and eventually acquired his CDL. He dedicated the last 40 years of his life to Eastern Mail Transport.

In his early years, George was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose and enjoyed many years of bowling, sprint car racing, and tractor pulls. He loved traveling and every adventure became a misadventure. George particularly enjoyed frequent trips to Disney World over the last 35 years with his family. His favorite vacation destination was Hawaii. George and Barbara celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a trip to San Diego, CA this past June. He also enjoyed visiting Louisiana as he was proud of his heritage.

In addition to his parents, George was preceded in death by his son, Stephen A. Eaton. He is survived by his wife, Barbara (Seward) Eaton; cherished daughter, Kristen Grabowski and son-in-law, Evan whom he loved like his own; devoted son, George Eaton III; grandchildren, Sadie Funderburg (Justin), Stephen Eaton, and Marissa Eaton; the ever present, Karoline Grabowski, and Evan Grabowski; great-grandchild, Lily Funderburg; siblings, Dennis Eaton (Faye), Beverly Atkins (David), and Mary Alice Rehal; and his best friend since high school, Craig Rotenberry.

The Eaton family would like to extend a special thank you to Frances Palermo, MD and Colleen Allen, NP, for their care and compassion.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 9 am until 11 am on Monday, November 27, 2023, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE, where a funeral service will begin at 11 am. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery, 6001 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in George’s memory to the American Heart Association, PO Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284-0692 or online by clicking here, or to Faithful Friends, 165 Airport Road, New Castle, DE 19720 or online by clicking here.


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6 Condolences for George W. Eaton, Jr.

  • George & Crickett,

    I’m so sorry to read the news of your father & brother. Sending my heartfelt condolences to you.

    Stephanie Mitchell

  • A self admitted hell raiser in his younger days, I’d give anything to have met him 20 or 30 years sooner. A mentor, my boss, most importantly, a WONDERFULL GENTLEMAN . I conside myself lucky to have known you George, I will miss you. Rest in Peace.

  • Beverly, Dennis and Family,

    I am so sorry to hear about your brother, George. My heart is hurting for you all. I remember seeing George walk through the halls in high school, as well as when I would come over to your house – he was always so nice. I am keeping you all in my prayers during this difficult time and sending you my love and hugs. God bless you all.

    Susan Harrell Whaley
    Christiana High School Class of 1971
    Sebastian, Florida

  • Barb
    My loving thoughts are with you & Kristen

  • Barbara & Krissy,

    I am so very sorry to read of George’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are and the entire Eaton family.

  • He was a good man who taught me many things and will never be forgotten his legacy will live on.And he will be very well missed.