Stephen Pepe, Cape Elks exalted ruler

January 23, 2021

Stephen Pepe, 60, of Millsboro, formerly of Wilmington, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, at his home.

He was born in Wilmington Nov. 7, 1960, son of the late Thomas F. Pepe Sr. and the late Theresa A. (Mainardi) Pepe.  Steve proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1979-83.

Steve served his community as the past exalted ruler of Cape Henlopen Elks Lodge 2540 in Lewes, and as a charter member of AMVETS Post 22 in Millsboro.  He loved fishing and was a Washington Football Team and Philadelphia Flyers fan.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Christopher S. Pepe; and a brother, Thomas F. (Nancy) Pepe Jr.  Steve is survived by his loving wife of 10 years, Christine E. (Feret) Pepe; a brother, Nicholas Pepe of Bear; father and mother-in-law, Ray and Kathy Feret of Pennsylvania; a brother-in-law, Mike Feret and his wife Sharon of Pennsylvania; his beloved Great Dane Bella and his feline companion Olivia.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 2, at St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church, 152 Tulip Drive, Lewes. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing protocols will be observed and masks will be required by all in attendance.  A private interment will follow at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro. 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions in Steve’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by visiting or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society by visiting

Arrangements by Melson Funeral Services, Millsboro.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting


Subscribe to the Daily Newsletter