Marvel C. ‘Mac’ McWilliams, 88

Marvel C. “Mac” McWilliams, 88, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, at Westminster Village in Dover, Del. He was born Dec. 4, 1930, in Blades, Del., to the late Joseph McWilliams and May (Henry) McWilliams, and lived in Newark before retiring to Dagsboro.

McWilliams earned his associate’s degree from the University of Delaware, where he played football. He proudly served his country in the Delaware National Guard, retiring as a lieutenant colonel after 25 years of service in the Signal Corps. He also worked for Diamond State Telephone Company (later Bell Telephone) as a planning engineer, retiring after 30 years of service.

McWilliams was an avid fisherman, winning several accolades, and a member of the Telephone Pioneers. His true love was time spent with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, McWilliams was preceded in death by his loving wife, Janice “Jan” (Friedel) McWilliams, in 2016. He is survived by his three children, Dana C. McWilliams and his wife, Lisa, Dawn M. Loch and her husband, Bill, and Debra A. Kircher and her husband, Paul; grandchildren, Brett M. McWilliams and his wife, Amy, Matt M. Kircher and his wife, Sequoia, Tucker R. Kircher and his fiancée, Brittany Whetzel, and Joseph C. Loch; great-grandchildren, Liam and Harvey McWilliams and Greyson and Juniper Kircher; and a brother, Charles McWilliams and his wife, Shirley.

Family and friends are being invited celebrate his life and share memories on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, from 10 a.m. to noon at Melson Funeral Services, 38040 Muddy Neck Road, Ocean View, Del. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Home of the Brave; 6632 Sharps Rd.; Milford, DE 19963 (or Condolences may be sent online at