Walter Spilka died peacefully at home on February 14, 2017.

He was born on December 26, 1925 in Carbondale, Pennsylvania to Anna (Iwanick) and Daniel Spilka. Walter entered the U.S. Army in January 1944 and was deployed to Europe. Following the end of World War II, Walter met and married Anneliese Baum.

Remaining in the Army, the couple moved to Ft. Benning, Georgia. Following duty assignments in Korea, Japan and Massachusetts, the family settled in Wilmington, Delaware after 21 years of active duty service. Walter began his second career working for the University of Delaware where he retired as the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions after 26 years.

Mr. Spilka is survived by his son Walter, daughter Susan O’Hara (Tom), his sisters Marion Sosnowski and Joan Spilka, his brother Russell and two grandchildren, Katherine O’Hara and Patrick O’Hara. He was preceded in death by his wife, Anneliese. They were married for 55 years.

A viewing will be held on March 1, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at McCrery & Harra Funeral Homes, 3924 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803. Following the viewing, Mr. Spilka will be buried in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear, DE. To send condolences visit: