Donald C. Singer, long-standing resident of Wilmington (and original home owner first in McDaniel Crest then in Longwood), went home truly to be with his Lord and Savior on February 17, 2018, days before his 96th birthday. He now shares the experience of Christ’s presence into which his beloved wife Ria of 69 years entered only eight months ago.

Visitation will be held at Bethel Baptist Church, 1217 Wilson Road, Wilmington, on Thursday, February 22 at 10:00am. A service to celebrate God’s grace in his noble life and God’s blessing of full life will follow at 10:45, with burial at Gracelawn Memorial Park with U.S. military honors.

Don grew up in Paradise, PA, embracing his parents’ values of duty and industriousness and integrity, helping in the family general store. After graduating from Paradise High School in Lancaster County, he matriculated at Gettysburg College but his graduation was interrupted by World War II. Upon his honorable discharge at the rank of sergeant, he completed his bachelor degree in economics and accounting. He also did graduate work at Temple University.

Among the acclaimed “greatest generation” Don entered the European Theatre of Operation with the 86th Chemical Mortar Battalion “A” Company shortly after D-Day and served in five major campaigns until the War’s end. His knack for numbers and organizational competencies set him up for a long career of 35 years with Du Pont in Wilmington, largely at Chestnut Run, in accounts and data processing in supervisory offices. In his earthly life Don was a man of active faith, a charter member of Concord Presbyterian Church and faithful servant there for 25 years, and a hospitable friend to missionaries and respected leader at Bethel Baptist Church for 35 years where he served in many capacities including deacon and elder and notably church treasurer.

An exemplary father, he was the loyal provider and protector of his wife and four children. He invested in building his close knit family, even unto the third and fourth generations. He and wife Ria intentionally nurtured relationships with their ten grandchildren and planned annual Jersey shore family vacations to unite the families of their four children when they had scattered to the West coast and Africa.

This steadfast, consistently dependable, considerate and kind man is missed deeply by his four children (and spouses): Evelyn (Rev. Glenn) Evans of Middletown, (Rev.) Dr. Dwight (Miriam) Singer of Claymont, Diane (Roger) Goodman of Boise, Idaho, and Janet (Rev. Bill) Dale of Wilmington; the 10 grandchildren; and thirteen great grandchildren; in addition to two nieces and a nephew (of his predeceased sister and only sibling).

The Singer family extends sincere gratitude to Heartland Hospice for their gentle care in his final days.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the mission fund of Bethel Baptist Church of Wilmington (

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