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William Franklin Haldeman


William Franklin Haldeman of Felton died Sunday, Aug. 28, 2005, in Plymouth Meeting, PA. He was 88. Mr. Haldeman was born in Delaware, son of the late Jay W. and Virginia M. (Davidson) Haldeman. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps, serving during World War II. Prior to entering the service, he was a co-owner of a fishing boat, and also was an ironworker. During 1938, he worked on the St. Georges Bridge and many buildings in Washington, D.C. After the war, he worked in construction and was an ironworker for DuPont in Wilmington, later doing rigging, and working as a mechanic for the Dover and Seaford plants, retiring in 1979. Mr. Haldeman was a member of the Felton Fire Co. for 50 years, was a charter member of the Bowers Fire Co., and was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6009 and of the Felton Rebekah Lodge of the International Order of Odd Fellows. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Wanda (Keller) Haldeman in December 1999; a sister, Emma Viola Jester Anthony; and a brother, Jay Miller. He is survived by three sons and two daughters-in-law, Alan and Iris Haldeman of Brooksville, Florida, Bill Haldeman of Felton, and Lawrence and Maureen Haldeman of Harrington; a daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Edward Thomas of Williamsville NY; seven grandchildren, Tracy Haldeman of Ellendale, Shelly Sarasin, and her husband, Steve, and Thomas Haldeman, and his wife, Brooke, all of Milwaukee, Peter Thomas and Daniel Thomas, both of Wiliamsville, Alison Smolecki, and her husband, Ken, of Warner Robbins, GA, and Scott Haldeman, Skylar Sarasin and Samantha Sarasin. Services will be 1 PM Friday in the Chapel of Berry-Short Funeral Home, Main Street, Felton, where friends may call one hour earlier. Burial will be in Barratt’s Chapel Cemetery, near Frederica. The family suggests contributions to the Felton United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 247, Felton, DE 19943 or to the Prospect United Methodist Church, Building Fund, P.O. Box 342, Harrington, DE 19952.


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