Horace D. Daisey, noted baseball player

September 27, 2021

Horace D. Daisey, 92, of Dagsboro, passed away Monday, Sept. 20, 2021, at the Delaware Veterans Home in Milford.

Horace was born July 7, 1929, in Dagsboro, son of the late Delbert Horace Daisey and the late Cora (Brasure) Daisey. He enjoyed playing baseball throughout his childhood and was a talented pitcher. Horace was signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers and was a rookie on the team in 1948 and played in their minor league for two seasons. His accomplishments in baseball eventually led to his induction into the Eastern Shore Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999.

Horace served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War from January 1951 to January 1955. He served in the Philippines and most importantly, met his future wife, Esther Reichard, while both were assigned to Roslyn Air Force Station, Long Island, N.Y.

Horace retired from E.I. DuPont in Seaford, serving as a power house operator in 1985 after serving 36 years with the company. He also enjoyed golf and was a charter member of Sussex Pines County Club in Georgetown. Horace was a lifetime member of Bethel United Methodist Church in Dagsboro and was a 50-year Mason at Delaware Lodge #37 A.F. & A.M.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Ellen Collins, and a daughter-in-law, Marla B. Daisey. He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Esther “Terry” (Reichard) Daisey; two sons, Robert Daisey and his wife Venetia of Georgetown, and William Daisey and his wife Kathy of Ellicott City, Md.; and four grandchildren, Michael Daisey, Jonathan Daisey, Alison Daisey and Taite Daisey.

Services and burial will be held privately at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions in Horace’s name to Bethel United Methodist Church, 32028 Sussex St., Dagsboro, DE 19939; or Delaware Veterans Home, 100 Delaware Veterans Blvd., Milford, DE 19963.

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