Daniel H. Shirley, 98, of Ocean View, Del., and Bethany Beach, Del., and formerly of Clinton, Md., passed away on Saturday, June 9 2018, at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, Del. He was born in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 14, 1920, son of the late Otis G. Shirley and the late Frances (Mistretta) Shirley.
Shirley proudly served his country in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He retired from work as the manager of the display department for Peoples Drug Stores in 1983, after 45 years of service.
He was a member of St. Martha’s Episcopal Church in Bethany Beach and a member of the Lord Baltimore Lions Club. He and his wife, Beverly, were also volunteers at Beebe Healthcare and Atlantic Community Thrift Shop (ACTS). Shirley was an avid golfer, fisherman, reader, gardener and landscaper. His greatest enjoyment was time spent with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Shirley was preceded in death by a sister, Sue Fotta. He is survived by his loving wife of 77 years, Beverly E. (André) Shirley; a son, Stephen Shirley and his wife, Mary, of Crofton, Md.; a daughter, Teresa and her husband, Michael Walsh, of Millville, Del.; three grandchildren, Cristin and her husband, Derek Miller, and their daughter, Saylor, of Stevensville, Md., Michael Walsh and his wife, Alexandra, and their four children, Shaun, Monica, Stephanie and Connor, of Perkasie, Pa., and Gregory Walsh and his wife, Jennifer, and their daughter, Sydney, of Adrian, Mich.; a sister, Carolyn Jean Rojas of Cordova, Md.; and several nieces and nephews.
A visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to noon on Friday, June 15, 2018, at Melson Funeral Services, 38040 Muddy Neck Road., Ocean View, Del. Afterward, a funeral service will be held 12:45 p.m. at St. Martha’s Episcopal Church, 117 Maplewood Street, Bethany Beach, Del. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Dagsboro, Del. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.