Douglas L. “Peanut” Wardrup, 68, of Harbeson passed away Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, surrounded by his loving family, at his home. He was born in Milford, Del., on Sept. 21, 1950, and raised by Oscar “Mac” McDaniel and Charlotte (Burton) McDaniel.
Wardrup was in the last graduating class of Rehoboth High School, the Class of 1969. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He retired after a career of more than 30 years with the Delaware Pilots Association, working as a member of the Lewes boat launch crew. He also owned and operated his own construction company, D&L Construction, for more than 30 years.
In his youth, Wardrup enjoyed hunting, riding his motorcycle and hanging out at Sonny Karl’s garage. In his retirement, he enjoyed being with his grandchildren. He was a hard worker who also liked to play hard and understood the value of a good sense of humor.
A loving husband and father, Wardrup was a stalwart family man. His love and generosity extended far beyond his own children, and provided a harbor of refugee for many going through rough seas in their lives. He will be deeply missed.
Wardrup was preceded in death by his father, Oscar “Mac” McDaniel. He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Linda F. (Hazzard) Wardrup; two children, Jennifer M. Wardrup and her husband, Julio “Alex” Flores Reyes, of Lewes, and Jason D. Wardrup and his wife, Jocelyn (Robinson) Wardrup, of Newark; and his mother, Charlotte McDaniel of Rehoboth Beach. He is also survived by two grandsons, Zackery Flores Reyes and Zander Flores Reyes; two brothers, Lee McDaniel of Rehoboth Beach, and Park McDaniel and his wife, Barbie, of Lewes; two sisters, Louella (Wardrup) Dirks of Rehoboth Beach and Brenda (McDaniel) Stevenson and her husband, James, of Harbeson; his faithful dog Scout; and several nieces and nephews who thought highly of him.
A celebration of Wardrup’s life was to be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, at the Long Neck Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, 32013 Long Neck Road, Millsboro, where friends and family could call after 4:30 p.m. Interment was to be held privately. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions in Wardrup’s name to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Condolences may be sent online by visiting www.melsonfuneralservices.com.