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.


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11 Condolences for Robert J. “Bob” Willoughby, Sr.

  • Sandy and family, I am sorry to hear about Bob. I have many wonderful memories. My love and prayers are with you all.

  • Our most sincere sympathies to Sandy, Amy and Jason as well as the grandkids and other family members. Bob was a great guy — always ready with a smile and a story. His energy and love for life were infectious. Even more, his devotion to his family and his country knew no bounds as he proudly talked of those he loved, his military experiences and his many “adventures” with Sandy. May he Rest In Peace with Robbie at his side! We are away and won’t be able to attend the Memorial later this month, but please know that the entire Willoughby family are in our thoughts and prayers. Paula and Jimmy Flynn

  • Sandy and the Family,
    I am very sorry to hear about the death of Bob. We had many wonderful years together Our hunting trips
    and the Guard created some good memories, My prayers are with you and the family.

  • Sandy, so sorry for your loss. Bob and I were great friends and looked forward to seeing each other at Michael’s each month.

  • God Bless Bob and family. I served with Bob in the 166th TAC. Great man, great leader!

  • My thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire Willoughby family. Bob was a wonderful man and I will always remember his smile and kind words. I am blessed to have known him. May the comfort of family, friends and memories console you during this difficult time.

  • I am so sorry for your loss.
    May Bob rest in peace in the arms of the Lord.

  • Sandy and the family: I am deeply sorry for your loss. Please take some comfort in knowing that he is at peace and free from any suffering. I will remember you all in my prayers.

  • Bob and I had some great times at P.S. while on the stage crew. A very funny person indeed.
    Mike Warren, class of 1961.

  • Sandy and Family.. So very sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. May God comfort and guide you during this difficult time

  • Sandy and family,

    So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing and that I had missed his obituary last month. Bob was a great friend and someone I always admired during my seven years as the Wing Commander. He will be greatly missed and my deepest sympathy and prayers go to you and your family. Colonel Jim Dugar (Ret)