Frederick Pfarrer

Frederick H. "Fred" Pfarrer III

Monday, April 23rd, 1934 - Friday, April 10th, 2020
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Frederick H. Pfarrer, III passed away peacefully on April 10, 2020 in the presence of his wife at their Moorings residence in Lewes, Delaware. He and Donna were to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary in June of this year.

Fred was born April 23, 1934 in Dayton, Ohio to Frederick H. Pfarrer, II and Ruth Ann Pfarrer (nèe Petry). His family moved to Evansville, Indiana where he attended Bosse High School. Fred received both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University. He was a member of Alpha Chi Rho fraternity, as well as several honor societies.

Fred proudly served in the United States Air Force, attaining the rank of captain. His active and reserve career spanned 11 years from 1956-1967. He was employed by the DuPont Company for 38 years. He started with the corporation in Louisville, Kentucky and then moved with his family to Wilmington, Delaware in 1969. Fred spent most of his career in DuPont’s Elastomer’s Division and the last 10 years in Agricultural Products. His projects often involved the manufacture of commonly recognized products, such as Neoprene, Freon, and Viton. Plant start-ups and other activities took him to facilities in Louisiana, Texas, Germany, and the north of Ireland.

He was an active member of his local community in northern Wilmington, where he was an officer in the Tavistock Civic Association, a member of the St. Mary Magdalen Athletic Association, and Naaman’s Little League. Fred enjoyed photography, woodworking, baseball, and traveling. During his retirement he spent many years as a student and teaching assistant at the University of Delaware’s Academy of Lifelong Learning. He and his wife very much enjoyed their numerous trips to areas in North America, Europe, and Asia.

Fred is preceded in death by his parents, brother David, and brother-in-law, Ralph Foster. He is survived by his wife, Donna; children, Anne Dazen (Kenneth) of Philadelphia, Frederick (Patricia) of Lewes, and Michael (Melissa) of Athens, GA; grandchildren, Kevin Dazen, Cody Dazen, and Kathryn Pfarrer; sister, Cynthia Foster (nèe Pfarrer), sister-in-law, Margaret Pfarrer (nèe Titzer), and many nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank all of the nurses, aides, and other staff members in the Skilled Nursing Unit at the Moorings retirement community for all of Fred’s care over the last 18 months.

Funeral services will be private at the Krienen-Griffith Funeral Home in Elsmere, Delaware. A private burial will take place at St. Joseph’s on the Brandywine Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project ( or one’s personal favorite charity.

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    Friday, April 17th, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Friday, April 17th, 2020 12:00pm
    DUE TO COVID -19 The service for Fred will be held with only immediately family present. However the family finds comfort in your support during this incredibly difficult time and welcomes you to watch the funeral service via zoom. The information is listed below. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 843 9409 2604 Dial by your location +1 253 215 8782 US +1 301 715 8592 US Meeting ID: 843 9409 2604 Find your local number:
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    St. Joseph on the Brandywine Cemetery
    10 Barley Mill Rd.
    WILMINGTON, DE 19807
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Posted at 02:08pm

Charles Wiggins

Posted at 08:55am
Fred was a great and wonderful man. My sincere condolences and promise of prayer to his family. I'm sure God will welcome him with a big smile and open arms. Fr Charlie

David Loring

Posted at 12:49pm
Mrs. Pfarrer, Ann, Ted and Mike,
Glad I could join the service. Mr. Pfarrer will be missed. I am glad I had the opportunity to travel with him when we were in Austria. He was a fine man and had a prolific life. He and my mom are already getting reacquainted!
Best Regards,
David Loring

Mike Pfarrer Posted at 06:05pm

Thanks, Dave. And thanks for joining us yesterday.

David Loring

Posted at 12:46pm
Mr. Pfarrer was a man of few words and strong character. He and Mrs. Pfarrer were kind and generous to me as I grew up with Mike. RIP
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