Richard ‘Dick’ Cleaveland, former Dewey webmaster

March 6, 2018

Richard "Dick" Grant Cleaveland of Lewes passed away Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, at his home in Lewes. He was born July 27, 1926, in Milwaukee, Wis., son of the late LeRoy Adams and Suzayne Margaret (Calligan) Cleaveland. Richard was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Ann Cleaveland (Benner) whom he married April 24,1965, in Salem, N.J.

Richard attended Northwestern University (1947-50, BSEE), and was elected to national honor societies Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu. He was employed by the Defense Communications Agency, Washington, D.C. (1964-82), and U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. (1982-86). He retired from government service in 1986 as a member of the Senior Executive Service.

After retirement he traveled extensively with his wife Barbara in their motor home, visiting Alaska, the Canadian Maritimes and Mexico, and became active in the use of his computer as applied to genealogical research. In 1995 he was elected president of the ROOTS Users Group of Arlington, Va., which had over 600 members world-wide. He served two years in that position.

For several years Richard served as webmaster, established the Dewey Beach camera, and acted as an advisor for The Town of Dewey.

Richard established the resident database, the online menu and also provided internet support for The Moorings at Lewes (formerly Cadbury).

He is survived by his son Jerome Cleaveland and wife Eileen; grandson Ryan Cleaveland and wife Dionna; and granddaughter Rachel Hesse and husband Eric; his son Thomas Cleaveland, granddaughter Alyssa DeRonne and husband Christopher, grandson Thomas Cleaveland, granddaughter Amanda Guinan and husband Van; and eight great-grandchildren; his brother John Cleaveland and wife Linda; his sister Christine Cleaveland MacBurney and husband Mike and his sister Leslie; a brother-in-law Robert Brooks; nieces Barbara Hartz, Margaret Phillips and husband Mike; and nephew Ronald Evans and wife Monique.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Jacqueline.

All services are private. Arrangements by Parsell Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge, Lewes.

Please visit Mr. Cleaveland's Life Memorial Webpage and sign his online guest book at