Merritt E. Tilley, Jr., age 92, of Wilmington, DE, died on March 15, 2018 at the Kutz Home in Wilmington, DE.

Merritt served in the US Navy as a Lt. JG on the USS Brennan and Greenwood destroyer escorts. He attended officer candidate school from 1942-1944 at Union College and Notre Dame, served in active duty from 1945-1946 and then was in reserve duty until 1963.

Merritt attended Union College in Schenectady, NY and graduated in 1948 with a MS in chemistry. He continued his education at Columbia University where he received his MBA in 1951.

He worked initially at Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance in Springfield, Conn. From 1948-1950. His primary career was working for the DuPont Company from 1952 until 1982 in both Wilmington, DE and Richmond, VA locations. After retirement, he worked part time at 4 Seasons Travel from 1987-1993.

Merritt was a member and president of the Newark Junior Achievement group. He also was a member and president of the Paladin Club Homeowners Association. He was an usher at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Wilmington.

He loved to travel, bowl in various leagues and travel with his wife and family. He enjoyed being in the sunshine and tending to his garden and rose plants.

Merritt is survived by his wife, Renee, who he married in 1949. His first son, Merritt III, lives in Wilmington. His second son, Scott, lives in Los Altos Hills, CA and is married to Allison Leopold with Tracy, Kimberlyn and Jackson as Merritt’s three grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, April 23 at 11 am at St. David’s Episcopal Church, 2320 Grubb Rd., Wilmington, DE 19810. Interment will take place privately.