Homer N. “Duke” Fender, Jr.
October 6, 1944 - June 10, 2018
Homer N. Duke Fender, Jr., age 73, of Bear, DE, passed away on Sunday, June 10, 2018, surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Galax, VA on October 6, 1944, he was a son of the late Homer N. and Lucy (Anders) Fender. Duke graduated from Woodlawn High School. He began working for Chrysler in April 1965 and retired after 34 dedicated years in October 1999.
Duke enjoyed hunting, fishing, car racing and relaxing on the beach. More importantly he loved spending time with his family. Homer was a proud member of the VFW Post 475. Above all, he will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle and dear friend to many.
In addition to his parents, Duke was preceded in death by his brothers, James Fender, Ernest Fender, Porter Fender and James Smith; sister, Dell Carico; and granddaughter, Ashley Staats. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Barbara (Swanson) Fender; daughters, Dawn Fender (Richard Wroten) and Amy Staats (Tom); brother, Bobby G. Smith; granddaughter, Haley Heal; great grandchildren, Grace, Kennan, Michael and Arianna; as well as many nieces and nephews.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11 am on Friday, June 15, 2018, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a memorial service will begin at 11 am. Interment will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Seasons Hospice, 220 Continental Drive, Suite 3407, Newark, DE 19713.