Obituaries


Richard W. Backora, 83

Richard W. Backora, 83, of Fenwick Island, formerly of Kensington, Md., passed away Saturday, April 28, 2007, at home. He retired after 28 years of government service as an armament equipment branch head for the Naval Air Systems Command. He also spent 15 years in the private sector as a staff member and project engineer with Thiebot Aircraft, Republic Aviation and Melpar Inc.

Backora was a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Bethany Beach, a member of the American Legion Post 166, Ocean City, the American Philatelist Association, Academy of Model Aeronautics, Lewes R.C. Club, and the Sussex County Stamp Club. He was a World War II Navy veteran and also served in the Marine Corps.

Backora was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Ella Hupak Bakora; and a son, Richard W. Backora Jr. He is survived by his wife, Virginia T. Backora of Fenwick Island; son, Robert J. Backora of Baltimore; two grandsons, Richard W. Backora III and Alexander K. Backora; two great-grandchildren.

Services were scheduled for Wednesday, May 2, 2007, with interment in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, 100 W. 10ty St., Wilmington DE 19801, or Delaware Hospice, 20167 Office Circle, Georgetown DE 19947.

Lois A. Carson, 74

Lois A. Carson, 74, of Selbyville, formerly of Catonsville, Md., passed away on Friday, April 27, 2007, at Atlantic General Hospital, Berlin, Md. She had been a homemaker and was a member of the Ocean City Elks Lodge.
Carson was preceded in death by her parents, Clifford and Elizabeth Conners Carbary; and her husband, William F. Carson. She is survived by a brother, Donald R. Carbary of Catonsville, Md.; sister, Ellen Harden of Millsboro; and many nieces and nephews.

Services were scheduled for Tuesday, May 1, 2007, with interment in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Millsboro. The family suggests donations be made in Carson’s name to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 163, Salisbury, MD 21803-0163.

Edward M. Dobson, 86

Edward M. Dobson, 86, of Selbyville, formerly of Baltimore, Md., passed away Thursday, April 26, 2007, at Riverside Nursing Home in Wilmington. He was a World War II Marine Corps veteran and had been a foreman for a construction company.

Dobson was preceded in death by his parents, Tilghman H. and Nannie M. Dyott Dobson; and his wife, Jessie E. Dobson. He is survived by his daughter, Jo Ann Wright of Pasadena, Md.; brother, Ernest Bildstein; two sisters, Hazel Rotundo and Mary Ann Hulahan; niece, Barbara Thornton; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services were scheduled for Wednesday, May 2, 2007, with entombment in Louden Park Cemetery, Baltimore, Md. The family suggests donations in Dobson’s name to a local chapter of the American Lung Association.

Linda L. Hanks, 59

Linda L. Hanks, 59, of Dagsboro, formerly of Wilmington, passed away at her home on Sunday, April 29, 2007. She was a homemaker and enjoyed going to flea markets and B.J.’s Auction. She attended Our Lady of Fatima in New Castle.

Hanks was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Alma Oneschuk. She is survived by her husband, Orlan C. “Hank” Hanks; daughter, Dolly Ann Hanks of Dagsboro; son and daughter-in-law, Clay and Angela Hanks of Frankford; four grandchildren, Bryan, Clay, Libby and Sierra; sister, Debbie Andress of Dagsboro; brother, Walter Oneschuk of Dagsboro. She also leaves behind special friends Nancy Brown and Barbara Hoffman.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 5, 2007, at 10 a.m. at the chapel of Melson Funeral Services on Thatcher Street in Frankford.

Frank Hercker, 78

Frank Hercker, 78, of Millsboro, formerly of Philadelphia, Pa., passed away suddenly on Monday, April 30, 2007, at the Beebe Medical Center in Lewes. He was a retired fleet mechanic and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Hercker was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Mabel (Waller) Hercker. He is survived by his wife, Mary Hercker; two sons, Frank and Joe Hercker; two daughters, Sandi Ferrara and Tina Borek; 13 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Friday, May 4, 2007, at 11 a.m. at the chapel of Melson Funeral Services on Long Neck Road in Millsboro. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Hercker’s memory to the charity of the giver’s choice.

Herbert L. Murray, 78

Herbert L. Murray, 78, of Bethany Beach, passed away Saturday, April 28, 2007, at the Harbor Health Care Rehabilitation Unit in Lewes. He was a retired poultry and hatchery manager for the former Murray’s Hatchery and Cargill Inc. for 45 years. He was a member of Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church in Ocean View and former member of the board of directors at the Sussex Pines Country Club in Georgetown. Murray was an avid golfer, boatman and fisherman.

Murray was preceded in death by his parents, Orlando and Katie (Daisey) Murray; son, Glenn L. Murray; and seven siblings, Lloyd Murray, William R. Murray, Edwin Murray, Mary Long, Kathryn Button, David Murray and Linda Long. He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou (Evans) Murray; and daughter, Robbin Murray of Annapolis, Md.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, May 5, 2007, at 2 p.m. at the Bethany Chapel of Melson Funeral Services on West Avenue in Ocean View, where friends may call after 1 p.m. Burial will be in Mariner’s Bethel Cemetery in Ocean View. The family’s wishes are that expressions of sympathy may be made as a donation in his memory to Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church, 81 Central Ave., Ocean View DE 19970; or flowers would also be appreciated.

Catherine J. Vickers, 80

Catherine J. Vickers, 80, of Dagsboro, passed away on Saturday, April 28, 2007, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. She had been co-owner and co-operator of Vickers Stone in Dagsboro from 1960-1998. She was a member of the Hickory Hill United Methodist Church in Millsboro and the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter #12 of Frankford.

Vickers was preceded in death by her parents, John R. and Hulda Mitchell Joseph; and her husband, Louis L. Vickers Sr. She is survived by her children, Louis L. Vickers Jr. and wife Lori of Dagsboro, Janice V. Gerard of Millsboro, Lois V. Mears and husband James Jr. of Georgetown; a sister, Doris Clark of Georgetown; close friend, Preston Mumford of Millsboro; four grandchildren, Ken Gerard Jr., Jamie Messick, Mollie Anderson and Matthew Mears; four great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were scheduled for Thursday, May 3, 2007, at Dagsboro Redmen’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions may be made to Hickory Hill United Methodist Church, c/o Roy Rogers, 28209 Walt Carmean Lane, Millsboro DE 19966.