David Breckenridge Springer, 87

David Breckenridge Springer, 87, passed away on May 19, 2017. He was born in Garwin, Iowa, on March 5, 1930, to Fred Springer and Bess (Ferguson) Springer.

Springer received a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University, a master’s degree in organic chemistry from the University of Iowa and a master’s degree in business administration from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pa. He was a corporal in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, where he served on the frontlines. He was employed as a chemical patent examiner with the U.S. Patent Office in Crystal City, Va., for more than 20 years, and he also worked in private industry in New York and New Jersey.

Springer was preceded in death by his brothers Keith, George and Charles. He is survived by the love of his life, Joan, to whom he was married for more than 50 years. They met in Philadelphia, dated for three years and then married, uniting their two families with four children between them: Susan Springer of Danville, Va., Thomas Springer of Ocean View, Del., Kathi Springer of Falls Church, Va., and Sandy Springer-Glancy and her husband, Douglas, of Portland, Ore. His only grandchild, Julia Rose Glancy, resides in Eugene, Ore., and is a sophomore at University of Oregon. He and Joan retired to Ocean View in 1998.

Springer was a renaissance man who was writing a book about the Etruscan dice. He was interested in many things, including Shakespeare, history, politics, Abraham Lincoln, geology and astronomy. He enjoyed cultivating lilies, listening to classical music, collecting antiques and watching the birds in his beautiful yard with his wife. His church and family were vital to him.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Delaware Veterans Home; 100 Delaware Veterans Blvd.; Milford, DE 19963, or call (302) 424-6000. A celebration of Springer’s life was scheduled for May 27, 2017, at Mariners Bethel United Methodist Church, Ocean View, Del. Condolences may be sent online at melsonfuneralservices.com.