Robert W. Lake - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Robert W. Lake

November 23, 1919 – February 14, 2017

Robert W. Lake, age 97, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 14, 2017.

Robert was born in Honolulu, HI on November 23, 1919, and was the son of the late Minor C. and Adele M. (Groom) Lake. He was a proud veteran and Purple Heart recipient of WWII, serving in the U.S. Army in both the Aleutians, North Apennines and Po Valley. After his honorable discharge, Robert earned his bachelors degree from Rutgers University and his masters degree from the University of Delaware. He would spend the next 25 years serving as a Professor of Entomology and researcher at the university, retiring in 1985. In his leisure time, Robert was an avid gardener.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Alice M. Poppy (McDougall) Lake. Robert is survived by his children, Scott A. Lake (Nancy Harris) of Corrales, NM, Allison L. Apps (Jonathan) of Naugatuck, CT and Elizabeth L. Mckenney of Newark; grandchildren, Emily Daniels-Lake, Sean, Michael and Meghan Apps and Quinn Mckenney; and great grandchildren, Patrick J. and Zoey Apps and Jake Ingram.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 12 Noon until 1 pm on Monday, February 20, 2017 at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 W. Park Place, Newark, DE, where a memorial service will begin at 1 pm. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Univeristy of Delaware Department of Entomology, c/o Development and Alumni Relations. Gifts Receiving and Processing Office, 83 East Main Street, 3rd Floor, Newark, DE 19716.


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  • I’m sorry to hear of your loss and wanted to share the Bible’s hope of a resurrection at John 5:28,29 at a time when there is no more sickness pain or death anymore right here on earth according to Revelation 21:3,4.

  • With deepest sympathies to Allison and her entire family. He was an awesome man with many talents. I enjiyed our family’s joint camping trips and the many hikes through the woods with him and Allison, learning so much from him about nature and bugs….