Robert J. “Bob” Willoughby, Sr.
May 26, 1942 - September 3, 2019
Robert J. “Bob” Willoughby, Sr., age 77, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 3, 2019.
Born in Wilmington, DE on May 26, 1942, he was a son of the late Carl E. and Helen (Truitt) Willoughby. Bob graduated from P.S. DuPont High School in 1960 and in 1959, he was the proud recipient of the Delaware Science Fair Award. Bob was dedicated to the Delaware Air National Guard for 30 years, proudly serving in the medic unit (166th Tactical Unit). He was an avid coin collector, hunter, fisherman and treasure hunter. In his spare time Bob enjoyed researching family genealogy.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Robert J. Willoughby, Jr.; and brother, Carl E. Willoughby, Jr. Bob is survived by his wife of 52 years, Sandra J. “Sandy” (Cox) Willoughby; children, Jason C. Willoughby (Tania) and Amy R. Gordon (Michael); brother, Richard Willoughby (Barbara); grandchildren, Cailyn Gordon, Hailey Gordon and Evan Gordon; and many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff in 3D and 3E (respiratory/pulmonary) at Christiana Care for their compassionate care.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 11 am until 12 noon on Wednesday, September 18, 2019, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE, where a funeral service will begin at 12 noon. Interment will follow in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Bob’s memory to the American Lung Association, 630 Churchmans Road, Suite 202, Newark, DE 19702.