Robert Franklin “Bob” Greenplate - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Robert Franklin “Bob” Greenplate

January 31, 1937 - December 20, 2020

Robert Franklin “Bob” Greenplate, age 83, of Newark, DE, passed away on Sunday, December 20, 2020.

Born on January 31, 1937, in Newark, DE, he was a son of the late James P. and Mary A. (VanAulen) Greenplate. Bob graduated from Newark High School in 1955, then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1957. He worked for DP&L for more than 30 years and part time for Sears. Bob was a life member at Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder and also a member of the DP&L Sportsman Club. He will always be remembered as a hardworking individual that was dedicated to his family and community.

In addition to his parents, Bob is preceded in death by his son, David A. Cole and siblings, Edna D. Graves and James T. Greenplate. He is survived by his devoted wife of 60 years, Elizabeth C. “Betsy” Greenplate; children, Mary E. Cole, Melissa Carlozzi, Elizabeth S. Greenplate, Robert F. Greenplate, Jr., and Tracy C. Greenplate; sisters, Jane P. Brown and Mary Louise Lee; 6 grandsons; 3 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10:30 am until 11:30 am on Tuesday, January 12, 2021, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE, followed by a funeral service at 11:30 am. Face masks are required for all in attendance. Interment will be held privately at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear, DE.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bob’s memory to Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Auxiliary, P.O. Box 148, Newark, DE 19715.


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8 Condolences for Robert Franklin “Bob” Greenplate

  • Jane, we were so very sorry to learn of your brother’s passing, particularly so close to Christmas. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May God send you His comfort now and in the days ahead.

    Love, Brian & Cathy Pabst

  • I’m so sorry for your loss of your husband father and grandfather

  • Betsy and Family, I was so saddened to read of Bob’s passing. He was a good man. My sympathy to you all.

  • Betsy, I am so sad for Bob’s passing. He was always good to me when I was growing up and we were neighbors. May he rest in peace.

  • Betsy an family. So sorry to learn about Robert’s death. I know you will miss him.
    Dottie. Jeffersonville,Vermont

  • Betsy and family we were so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing and we hold you all in our prays . Donna and Dick

  • Bob was such a good friend to our entire family. I know my father now has his best friend to hand out with. Praying Tupi all, and that you get through this hard time. Bill and Robin Howard

  • Dear mary, jane and Beth so sorry to hear of your lost he was a great father brother and son my heart goes out to you all the Scott family remembers him well so sorry