Dennis “Denny” Nield, retired petty officer

December 29, 2017

SCPO Dennis “Denny” Nield (USN, ret.), 75, died of cancer at Delaware Hospice Center in Milford, Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017. 
Denny was predeceased by his parents, Lester and Alice (Ridenour) Nield. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie Shannon of Milton, whom he married in Fort Washington, Md., July 23, 1988.
Denny also is survived by his son, Erik (Corrine) Nield, of Bothell, Wash.; daughters Roquel (Danny) Tamez and Marisela (Jimmy) Williams, of Los Angeles, Calif.; a stepdaughter, Christa Shannon of Dover; six grandchildren: Berkley and Bennett Nield, Garret and Katelyn Tamez, and Alexis and Eli Williams; and a sister, Dianne Thomasson of Savannah, Ga. He is survived as well by many extended family members and dear friends.
Denny was born in Waterloo, Iowa, July 23, 1942. Shortly after graduating from Alhambra High School, Alhambra, Calif., in 1961, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served in the submarine service until his retirement as a Senior Chief Petty Officer in 1981. Denny then worked with Raytheon Service Company for 10 years, chiefly in Arlington, Va., where he managed test equipment logistics for the Trident class submarine. Following his retirement from Raytheon, he worked as a self-employed handyman for several years in Montgomery County, Md., before relocating to Milton in 1997. He worked in Delaware as a handyman for O'Conor, Piper & Flynn realtors, and as a home inspector for Home Seal Services.
Denny retired "for real" in 2004, to devote himself fulltime to his passions: Flotilla 12-9 of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, sailing, travel, home improvements and his family. One of his greatest joys was serving as an active duty watch stander at U.S. Coast Guard Station Indian River; he served his final watch just a few weeks before his death.
In keeping with Denny's wishes, there will be no services; burial will be at sea. Anyone wishing to make a donation in Denny's memory is asked to donate to the Worcester County Humane Society, Berlin, Md. (former home of Becky, his beloved "pound puppy") or to the Coast Guard Foundation ( Arrangements handled by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Lewes.

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