Charles “Dale” Lingo Jr., 83, of Millsboro, Del., passed away Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009. He was the founder and owner of Lingo Marine and the Lingo Bus Service. He was a veteran of the Army Air Corps during World War II and guarded POWs at a camp in Georgia. He was an alumnus of Beacom College. Prior to founding Lingo Marine, he had worked as a grain inspector for the federal government. He was a member of Grace U. M. Church.
Lingo loved to race boats and also was a fan of stock car racing. He was the biggest fan of his two grandsons, who race cars. A good husband and father, he enjoyed his family and his business. An admired businessman throughout Sussex County, he will be missed by all.
Lingo was preceded in death by his parents, Charles D. Sr. and Hettie Hudson Lingo; and two sisters, Helen Morris and Dorothy Ellis. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Geraldine Cauffiel Lingo; two sons, Charles D. Lingo III and his wife, Faye Lynn, of Millsboro, and Donald C. Lingo and his wife, Suzanne, of Millsboro; one daughter, Geraldine “Jane” Parker and her husband, Bradley, of Millsboro; five grandchildren, Dale IV, Debbie, Pamela, Donald Jr. and Heidi; five great-grandchildren, Brooke, Colton, Donald III, George Jr. and Angela; and his beloved canine friend, Mia.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Jan. 16, 2009, at 12:30 p.m. at Watson Funeral Home, 211 S. Washington Street, Millsboro, where friends may call from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Interment will be in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery with military honors. Flowers are welcome or donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1138 Parsons Rd., Salisbury, MD 21801.