Donald J. Shepperly, 87

Donald J. Shepperly, 87, of Millsboro, Del., and formerly of Wilmington, Del., passed away peacefully on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016. He was born in Hazelton, Pa., on April 25, 1929, to the late Stanley Shepperly and Laura Bicking Shepperly.

Shepperly retired from Sun Oil, where he had worked as a lab tech for more than 30 years. He was a member of Chi Chester Wesleyan Church in Boothwyn, Pa. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He enjoyed watching all sports and traveling. He was a family-oriented man, the nicest man one would ever meet. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Shepperly is survived by his devoted wife of 57 years, Thelma Robinson Shepperly of Millsboro, Del.; a daughter, Brenda Frey and her husband, Jeffrey, of Millsboro, Del.; a granddaughter, Chelsie Rathfon and her husband, Trevor; and two great-grandchildren, Leighonna Lynn and Trenton Lee Rathfon.

A viewing was scheduled for Oct. 12, 2016, at Watson Funeral Home, with a chapel service afterward at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, both in Millsboro, Del. Condolences may be sent online at