William H. Schaeffer Sr., successful plumber

November 8, 2018

William H. Schaeffer Sr., 89, of Lewes passed away Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes.  He was born Dec. 27, 1928, in Philadelphia, Pa., son of the late Irving and Ella Mae (Adams) Schaeffer.

Mr. Schaeffer began his career in plumbing, first working for Clayton Lathbury, then Dicky Mitchell Plumbing, and finally going out on his own for 40 years in private business.  In his spare time, Mr. Schaeffer enjoyed working with and designing stained-glass items. He was an avid fisherman, and enjoyed gardening, especially flowers and vegetables, and his sunflowers were often featured in many different print media.

Mr. Schaeffer is survived by his wife Dorothy Schaeffer of Lewes; two sons: William H. Schaeffer Jr. of Harbeson, and Edward Schaeffer and his wife Patty of Milton; one daughter, Nance Mattison of Ellendale; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a lifelong friend, Jan Sentman.

All services will be private. Arrangements are being handled by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Lewes.

Memorial contributions may be made to Beebe Medical Foundation, ATTN: Emergency Dept., 902 Savannah Road, Lewes, DE 19958.

Please visit Mr. Schaeffer's Life Memorial Webpage and sign his online guest book at