Obituaries


Richard W. Kraus, 73

Richard W. Kraus, 73, recently of Bethany Beach, and a lifelong resident of Delaware, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, July 27, 2007, after a long battle with lung cancer. He graduated from the Philadelphia College of Art, where he majored in Industrial Design. He was a pioneer in the design of executive aircraft interiors for Atlantic Aviation Corporation and became head of their design division. Kraus held several aviation design patents and was later was employed by Mitchell Associates in Wilmington, where he was graphic operations director. He was a friend of Bill W. for close to 30 years. He was a lifelong member of Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church.

Kraus was preceded in death by his parents, James and Rebecca Kraus; a daughter, Kathryn R. Kraus; and his sister, Doris Kraus McKee. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Barbara Pancoast Kraus; one daughter, Barbara Kraus-Blackney and her husband, Kevin; three granddaughters, Marita, Kathleen and Emma Blackney; his brother, Dr. John W. Kraus (Frances); his cousin, John T. Kraus of Lewes; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007, followed by interment in the Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church’s cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church, 850 Mt. Lebanon Road, Wilmington, DE 19803; or to the Tunnell Cancer Center at Beebe Medical Center, 424 Savannah Road, Lewes, DE 19958.

Arthur Eugene Lindsey, 61

Arthur Eugene Lindsey, 61, of Bridgeville, passed away Sunday, Aug. 12, 2007, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. He was a member of the Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Bridgeville and was a truck driver for Perdue Farms. He enjoyed playing the guitar for choirs at church, as he loved music and would play for anyone who wanted him to play. Lindsey inspired many people through his God-given talent of music. He adored people and would help them in any way he could.

Lindsey was preceded in death by his parents, John and Daisey White Lindsey. He is survived by his wife of 13 years, Juliet Williams Lindsey; sons, Rash Lindsey of Currituck, N.C., George Williams of Bridgeville, and Arthur Williams of Bridgeville; mother-in-law, Norma Williams of Grandy, N.C.; two sisters-in-law, Beatrice Banks of Brooklyn, N.Y. and Patricia Shannon of Grandy, N.C.; one brother, Donald Lindsey of Poplar Branch, N.C.; brothers-in-law, John LaRogue, Arthur Seymour and Eric Shannon of Grandy, N.C.; sisters, Norma Banks of Poplar Branch, N.C., Ramona Lindsey of Poplar Branch, N.C., Mattie Woodley of Poplar Branch, N.C., Ray LaRogue of Braco, N.C. and Daisey Seymour of North Hampton, N.Y.; one grandchild, Joy Elaine Walls; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were scheduled for Sunday, Aug.19, 2007, with interment in Milford Community Cemetery, Milford, Del.

Richard D. ‘Dick’ Lort Sr., 78

Richard D. “Dick” Lort Sr., 78, of Selbyville, passed away Thursday, Aug. 16, 2007, at home. He was a building contractor and a partner in Bunting and Lort Construction for 35 years and was the building inspector for the town of Selbyville for many years. He was also a dedicated member of the staff of the Hastings Funeral Home for 20 years.

Lort was a devoted member of Salem United Methodist Church in Selbyville, where he served in many capacities including lay leader, trustee, praise team leader, Sunday school teacher for 30 years and a member of the choir for over 50 years. He also served as lay leader for the Dover District of the Peninsula Conference of the Methodist Church and was a lay speaker. He served as lay witness coordinator for the East Coast District of the Methodist Church for 25 years, leading Missions in New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware.

During the 1970’s he had the honor of being called to lead a mission to Lorne, North Ireland, taking part in a crusade in Belfast and also traveling to Israel to serve in a crusade with the Bowden-Souder Crusades in Jerusalem. In 1984, he was called back to Ireland to lead a lay witness mission in Methodist Churches in Fentona and Tuckerdoo, North Ireland.

Lort was an active life member of the Selbyville Volunteer Fire Company, where he served in many capacities. He loved sports and played softball, baseball and basketball on teams in high school, college and the navy. After retiring, he enjoyed golf.

Lort was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard O. and Edith A. Nickum Lort. He is survived by his wife, Cecile B. Lort; a son, Rev. R. David Lort Jr. and his wife Jeanette of Townsend; three daughters, Susan L. Runk of Newark, Md., Sharon R. Whittaker and her husband Mark of Raleigh, N.C., and Sarah E. Johnson and her husband Forrest of Midlothian, Va.; sixteen grandchildren, Melanie Scharping, Johanna, Kathryn, Rickard III, Maria, Gretchen, Gregory, Jeffrey and Anthony Lort, Melissa Hebberecht, Renee and Debbie Runk, Zachary and Noah Whittaker, William and Ian Johnson; and four great-grandsons.

Funeral services were scheduled for Monday, Aug. 20, 2007, with interment in Redmen’s Cemetery, Selbyville. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Salem United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 410, Selbyville, DE 19975; Selbyville Volunteer Fire Dept., P.O. Box 88, Selbyville, DE 19975; or Delaware Hospice, 20167 Office Circle, Georgetown, DE 19947.

Stephanie Virginia Mumford, 44

Stephanie Virginia Mumford, 44, of Millsboro, passed away Monday, Aug.13, 2007, at home. She was a cosmetic manager for Georgetown Walmart. She had the biggest smile and was a Walmart diva. A community angel, she looked out for everyone and helped them stay on the right path. She loved to play cards and have fun.

Mumford was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Adelle Lillard Mitchell Sr. She is survived by her children, Nathan, Stanley and Shaunna Mumford; brothers and sisters, Jerry Mumford, Roland Mumford, Earlest Mumford, Walter Mumford, William Hardy, Fred Mitchell Jr., Kenneth Mitchell, Bruce Mitchell, Kevin Mitchell, Marion Mitchell, Eric Mitchell, Mary Hallett, Barbara Mumford, Debra Morris, Janice Williams, Samantha Smith, Patricia Green and Pamela Mitchell; three grandchildren, Princess Nye, Little Tim and Sean.

Funeral services were scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2007, with interment in Woodlawn Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro.

Margaret E. ‘Marge’ Zitzmann

Margaret E. “Marge” Zitzmann passed away Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2007, of cancer. She was on the Bethany Beach Town Council from 1979 to 1985. She and her husband, Warren, owned a home on the beach at Third Street. While living in Falls Church, Va., she served for several years on the Falls Church Senior Citizens Advisory commission and on the Fairfax Area Commission on Aging. She received the Mattie Gundry Award for service advancing the status of women in Falls Church.

Zitzmann is survived by her husband, Warren; four sons, Carl, John, Phil and Paul; and five grandchildren.