Charles M. Walraven, DuPont Co. retiree

January 11, 2021

Charles M. Walraven, 79, of Selbyville passed away Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021 after a four-week battle with COVID-19. 

Charlie was born and raised in Wilmington and graduated from Wilmington High School in 1959. After graduating, he was employed by the DuPont Company until retiring in 1991. While living in Newark, Charles was an active member of Holy Angels Church and the Knights of Columbus, where he also served as grand knight.  

After retirement, Charlie moved to Selbyville where he was a 3rd Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, Council # 9053 in Ocean City, Md.  He was also a member of Elks Lodge #2645, Ocean City.

Charles Walraven was the son of Charles (Victor) and Florence Walraven. He is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 59 years, Hannah A. Walraven (Helm); his loving daughters, Christine Gulbronson and Maria Snapp; and his sons-in-law Kyle Gulbronson and Gregory Snapp, all of Selbyville.  He was the proud grandpop of Erik and Lauren Gulbronson, and Michael, Logan and Bethany Snapp, all of Selbyville. He is also survived by his brother William Walraven (Shirley) of Wilmington; and was preceded in death by his brother, Thomas Walraven (Beverly). In addition, he is survived by his nieces and a nephew.  

Charles’s family would like to thank all the healthcare workers (doctors, nurses, support staff and paramedics) throughout the state of Delaware who were so kind and worked so hard to give Charles the best possible care. 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to, which supports our local healthcare community and local restaurants as both face extraordinary challenges due to the coronavirus. A celebration of Charles’s life will be held by his immediate family at a later date.  

Online condolences can be made by visiting,

Arrangements by Melson Funeral Services, Millsboro.

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