Eugene C. “Gene” Denhardt, 71, of Selbyville, Del., and formerly of Glenville, Pa., passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, Del. He was born in Baltimore, Md., on Sept. 1, 1945, the son of the late August Denhardt and Martha (Szciecinski) Denhardt.
Denhardt graduated from Mount Saint Joseph High School in Baltimore. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Baltimore by attending night classes for seven years while working full-time and raising three young children with his wife, Jackie. He retired as a manager at Westinghouse/Northrop Grumman after 42 years of service. Denhardt’s favorite roles, though, were as husband, dad and “Grampy.”
After raising their kids in Manchester, Md., and Glenville, the Denhardts retired at the beach. He enjoyed his retirement, spending time with his grandkids, biking, walking and gardening. He was a member of St. Luke’s Catholic Church, and he faithfully attended the local meetings of the alumni association of Mount Saint Joseph High School in the Ocean City, Md., area.
In addition to his parents, Denhardt was preceded in death by two brothers, Frank and Edward Denhardt, and his stepfather, Philip Stenger. He is survived by his loving wife of very nearly 48 years, Jacqueline L. (Robinson) Denhardt; three children, Danielle A. Denhardt of Sterling, Va., Melissa A. Blumenthal and her husband, Daniel, of Arlington, Va., and Philip A. Denhardt of Hampden, Md.; two grandchildren, Owen and Madeline Blumenthal; and two brothers, Frederick Denhardt and his wife, Linda, of Bloomingdale, Georgia, and Timothy Denhardt and his wife, Shirley, of Severna Park, Md. All will miss him dearly.
A Mass of Christian Burial was scheduled for Nov. 19, 2016, at St. Luke’s Catholic Church, Ocean City, Md. Interment will be held at a later date, at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Dagsboro, Del. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to Mount Saint Joseph High School at www.msjnet.edu or St. Luke’s Catholic Church by visiting www.stlukeoc.com. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.