Richard Francis Dettro - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Richard Francis Dettro

January 15, 1943 - March 2, 2024

Richard Francis Dettro, age 81, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, March 2, 2024.

Born in Wilmington, DE on January 15, 1943, he was a son of the late Philip and Gloria (Casalena) Dettro. Richard was a graduate of Salesianum High School and later became a Certified Dental Technician. He was the proud founder and owner of Wilmington and Newark Dental Lab.

A friend to the community, Richard enjoyed helping others as a member of the Knights of Columbus. In his spare time, he could often be found fishing or wood working. Richard loved to cheer on his beloved Philadelphia teams, the Eagles, Phillies, 76ers, and Flyers.

Richard is survived by his loving wife, Barbara A. (Lesco) Dettro; children, Timothy Michael Dettro (Catherine), Dina (Dettro) Bovankovich (Peter), and Denise Dettro (Anthony Cuoco); and grandchildren, Michael Philip Dettro, Starlette Ava Dettro, Molly Sullivan, Catherine Sullivan, Philip Bovankovich, Dominic Bovankovich, Jackson Guze, and Luke Guze.

All services will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Richard’s memory to Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder, Fund Drive, P.O. Box 148, Newark, DE 19715 or online by clicking here.


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9 Condolences for Richard Francis Dettro

  • Thinking of you all . Sending love and prayers ❤️

  • Sending our thoughts and prayers.

  • We are so sorry for your loss. Wishing you peace and love during this difficult time. A donation was made in his honor to Aetna Hose.

  • Saddened by Richard’s passing. He was always ready to help & lend a hand with a smile. Prayers to you all. God Bless.🙏

  • Barbara my prayers are with you, Tim, Dina, Denise and all your family.

  • Barbara, Laurie told us of the passing of your husband. I was so sorry to hear of this. I know you and Richard had a beautiful marriage. Please know our prayers are with you and your family. Maryann

  • Hey Barb,Tim,Dina,Denise and Pete

    I just read about the loss of such a wonderful husband , father, father in law, grand dad and a awesome boss. I’m so sorry for ur loss. May god bless ur family and give u the strength to get thru this difficult time u no that deep in your heart he would not want to see u sad.
    Lots of love always
    The Pendergast Family

  • So very sorry to hear of Richards passing. May God give you strength in this time of need. Sending prayers. A donation will be made in his honor.
    Vince and Linda

  • Sorry for your loss, Richie was always there for us when we needed him. He will be sorely missed.