James Shackelford “Jim” Dauerty Jr.

December 31, 1922 - February 27, 2021

James Shackelford “Jim” Dauerty Jr. of Newark, DE, age 98, passed away on Saturday, February 27, 2021, from natural causes.

Born in Philadelphia on New Year’s Eve 1922 to Rev. James Shackelford Dauerty and Cora L. Roberts Dauerty, Jim was raised in Moorestown, NJ. He graduated from Moorestown Friends School (1941), attended Tusculum University and graduated from Lafayette College where, after an interruption by war, he earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. During WWII, Jim earned his wings as a naval aviator and served in the Pacific. Jim’s engineering and product development career began at Westinghouse and later included IBM and W.L. Gore. He served as Borough Councilman in Norwood, PA prior to moving to Delaware. Jim’s interest in politics and aviation never abated. He also enjoyed sailing, road trips and Salesianum soccer. Following his first wife’s death in 2000, Jim moved to Greeneville, TN where he remarried and resided closer to his siblings. Jim returned to Newark after the passing of his second wife.

Jim is predeceased by his sister, Barbara “Joy” Seher; brother, Dr. Charles “Vern” Dauerty; wife, Elizabeth Collier Dauerty; and wife, Francis Follis Cornwell. He’s survived by sons, James S. Dauerty III, Daniel J. Dauerty and David J. Dauerty (Francesca) and grandchildren, Hugh Dauerty, Haley Dauerty, Siobhan Dauerty and Jason Dauerty.

A gathering for family and friends will be held from 12:30 pm until 2:00 pm on Saturday, March 13, 2021, at Spicer Millikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE 19711. Face masks will be required for all in attendance. Service and interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jim’s memory to Newark Senior Center, 200 White Chapel Drive, Newark, DE 19713.   


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7 Condolences for James Shackelford “Jim” Dauerty Jr.

  • With prayers and heartfelt sympathy
    May God be your comfort in sorrow and bring peace and strength in the days to come.
    The staff of Heartland Hospice.

  • What a wonderful video tribute and obituary for one of the most warm and engaging people I have ever known. You perfectly captured
    Jim’s endearing personality and humorous spirit – a man who could serve as an example for how to live a life well, despite all the slings and arrows the world could offer. We feel so lucky to have had him in our lives. All our sincere condolences to his whole family. Dawn and David Patelke and the Cornwell family

  • We enjoyed meeting “Pop Pop” at Salesianum soccer games. He had an incredible acuity for the game and was certainly proud of his gifted grandson. Although we met him in recent years, he clearly was a man characterized by dedication, determination and loyalty. We were blessed to have met him.

  • Beautifully written! Beautiful video! Love and prayers to you all. What an amazing life he is up there celebrating now.

  • Jim was a dedicated and valued volunteer at the Bellanca Airfield Museum and we will miss him

  • My sympanthy . What a full life.

  • Jim was ….very seriously….a great guy. He loved my Grandmother very much.