Ira R. Truitt, 89

Ira R. Truitt, 89, of Milton, Del., passed away on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010, at his home in Milton.

Truitt was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Philippines. He received several medals, including the American Defense Service Medal, Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, the Philippine Liberation Medal and two Bronze Stars. He retired as a staff sergeant. Never forgetting his obligation to his fellow soldiers, he served in the VFW Honor Guard unit as a charter member, wielding his World War II-era rifle up until his death, despite fighting bone cancer, prostate cancer and diabetes.

Truitt and his wife also ran a chicken farm for Townsend’s for 50 years; he was their oldest farmer when he retired. He was a member of the VFW Posts in Millsboro and Milton, and a member of both Grace United Methodist Church and Zoar United Methodist Church; and an honorary member of the Indian River Senior Center.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Milford Bradford Truitt of Willards, Md.; wife, Margaret Peterson; son, Marvis; and three brothers and two sisters. He is survived by his daughter, Darlene “Joy” Smith; brother, Melvin; sisters, Mary Alice Mumford, Janet K. Ketterman and Loretta; four grandchildren, Tammy, Luray, Kim and Mike; six great-grandchildren, Heather, Tommy, Tina, Timmy, Kyle and Robert; and nine great-great grandchildren, Stacy, Amanda, Mikey, Dominic, Lianna, Matthew, Nathan, Chance and Morgan. He is also survived by many extended family members and all those who he claimed as his fellow comrades in the VFW.

A celebration of Truitt’s life was scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 19, with interment in Carey’s Cemetery, where he will receive full military honors.