Louis F. DeStafney, Jr. - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Louis F. DeStafney, Jr.

Born May 22, 1946

Louis F. DeStafney, Jr., known fondly by all as Lou, age 67, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 24, 2014.

Lou was born in Wilmington, Delaware on May 22, 1946, and was a son of the late Louis F. DeStafney, Sr. and Doris Biddle DeStafney. He made his career with DP&L, where he dedicated 39 years as a troubleshooter until his retirement.

An avid outdoorsman, Lou enjoyed archery, target shooting, and hunting. He also spent many happy hours boating, fishing, camping and riding his Harley. Lou possessed a truly happy spirit and a contagious love of life that he shared with others. He was a devoted son, husband, father, brother, and friend who will be dearly missed.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Linda Lou Hostetter. Lou is survived by his beloved wife of 48 years, D. Linda Nelson DeStafney; sons, Charles J. DeStafney of Newark, DE and Jason E. DeStafney of Smyrna, DE; brothers, Ron DeStafney of Port Saint Lucie, FL and Mark DeStafney of Jensen, FL; sister, Peggy Turley of Woolwich, NJ; godchild, John Young, Jr.; and his namesake, Bradley Louis Young.

A funeral service will be held at 12 Noon on Friday, February 7, 2014, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE, where friends may call from 11 am until 12 Noon. Interment will follow in Pencader Cemetery, Bear, DE.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Vitas Hospice c/o Vitas Health Care Corporation, 100 Commerce Drive, Ste. 302, Newark, DE 19713.


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5 Condolences for Louis F. DeStafney, Jr.

  • Grateful for all the years you were my Brother..We sure did have some Fun times getting the families together..I will always SMILE when I think of you Lou..R.I.P.

  • My heart felt sympathies to the entire DeStafney family. May you find peace in your wonderful memories.

    MaryAnn Tavares

  • I remember Lou from 6th grade. He was sort of a ‘bad boy’ at that age and I admired him for that. We were friends all year but I lost track of him after that. I have thought of him occasionally ever since. Somehow he made an impact on this 11 year-old girl.

    My condolences to Lou’s family.

  • Forever in my heart Uncle Louie. xoxo


  • To the DeStafney Family, My wife and I are sorry to hear of the loss of your dear love one. We know this is a difficult time for you. We wanted to share something with you that has encouraged us during times like these. It is comforting to know that God never meant for us to experience this kind of pain.(James 1:13)(Romans 5:12) He has made provisions through his son Jesus to awaken our love ones asleep in death.(John 5:28,29) God has also promised to wipe away all tears,pain, sorrow and even death forever.(Revelation 21:4,5) God’s promises in the bible give us hope and comfort, knowing that very soon we will see our love ones again.(Psalms 37:10,11&29) We pray that your family find peace and comfort in the bible’s promises for the future.