William A. “Bill” Douty Jr, a lifelong resident of Odessa, passed away Friday, June 25, 2010, at Christiana Hospital in Newark. He was 84.


    William A. “Bill” Douty Jr, a lifelong resident of Odessa, passed away Friday, June 25, 2010, at Christiana Hospital in Newark. He was 84.
    Mr. Douty was born April 10, 1926, in Odessa, son of the late Lena (Adel) and William A. Douty Sr.
    He proudly served his country in the United States Navy during World War II and enjoyed sharing stories of his time spent in the military with his family.
    In his earlier years, Mr. Douty was the owner of Odessa Alignment and Brake Center, and he diligently served the citizens of Delaware for more than 20 years with the Delaware State Police, retiring with the distinction of captain.
    He had a passion for horses, especially his favorite horse Coke, and was an avid and skilled rider. He also had a fondness for dogs and provided endless love to all 25 that he brought home over the course of many years. He lived a full life and traveled extensively with his wife Ruth.
    Mr. Douty was a charter member of FOP Lodge No. 6 for Delaware State Police, FOP Lodge No. 10, the Retired Delaware State Police Association and a life member of Odessa Volunteer Fire Company.
    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Liam P. Douty; and a sister, Ruth L. Watkins.
    He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Ruth Kathryn (Walsh) Douty; a daughter and a son-in-law, Linda M. and Michael Brainard; two sons and two daughters-in-law, William A. and Karen Douty and Brian P. and Valerie Douty; five grandchildren, William J. Douty, Jennifer L. Moeller, Heather A.  Cusme, Kyle W. David and Taylor K. Douty; four great-grandchildren, Alex T. Cusme, Zachary L. Cusme, Ella C. David and Jacob M. Kuhnle; and many dear friends.
    Graveside services will be private at Old Drawyers Cemetery near Odessa.
    Memorial contributions may be made to the Odessa Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 81, Odessa, DE 19730-0081; or to the Delaware State Police Museum, P.O. Box 430, Dover, DE 19903-0430.
    Arrangements by Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home LLC, Middletown.