Richard Wayne Truitt, 72, of Seaford passed away peacefully Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford. Wayne was born in Lewes, son of the late George Lee and Hazel (Hudson) Truitt.
Wayne worked for the DuPont Company, retiring after over 40 years’ service. Following retirement he has worked part time for Sussex Printing in Seaford. He also served in the Army National Guard.
Mr. Truitt was a life member and past president of the Seaford Volunteer Fire Department Station 87 with over 48 years’ service to the department, including vice president and treasurer. He had also previously served as fire policeman.
In his spare time, Wayne enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, gardening, Baltimore Orioles baseball games, and spoiling his dog Tiffany. Wayne attended St. John’s U.M. Church in Seaford where he served as a trustee.
In addition to his parents, Wayne is preceded in death by his stepmother, Anna Mae (Neal) Truitt.
Wayne is survived by his wife of 44 years, Betty (Belk) Truitt; a son, Brian Wayne Truitt and wife Kathleen of Seaford; a daughter, Tara E. Truitt and companion Howard Bowden of Dagsboro; four grandchildren, Noah, Kaley, Brayden and Natalie Truitt; Mason Bowden who was like a grandson; a sister, Virginia Chmielewski and husband Glendon of Harrington; a brother-in-law to whom he was close, Robert L. Belk; two nieces, Crystal Benson and Brandi Killinger; several great-nieces, great-nephews, extended family and friends.
A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 11, at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 300 N. Pine St., Seaford. A time of visitation for family and friends will begin at 1 p.m. Burial with Fireman’s Honors will immediately follow at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Wayne’s memory to Seaford Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 87, Seaford, DE 19973, or Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Arrangements in the care of Short Funeral Services, Georgetown.