Franklin Woodrow Whaley
Frank Whaley was born on December 30, 1944 in Wilmington, Delaware. He graduated from Claymont High School in 1963 excelling in baseball, basketball, and football resulting in a football scholarship to Ferrum College in Virginia. Frank was attending University of Delaware when he received his draft notice for August 1968. His basic training was at Bragg, AIT at Polk (Tiger Land), the fast track to Vietnam. Frank left for Vietnam in January 1969 and fought with the 1st Infantry Division, Company C, 2d Battalion (Mechanized), 2d Infantry as a rifleman and machine gunner. Frank reached the rank of Sergeant and received several awards during his tour including three Bronze Stars with "V" Device. Upon returning from Vietnam, Frank married Phyllis Clugston then reported to Ft. Benning fulfilling the remainder of his military obligation. Returning to their home state of Delaware, Frank worked for GMAC while completing his Bachelor's Degree under the GI Bill. He then began a respected career in the banking industry retiring as Vice President of Wilmington Trust Company. Butch (his family name) was a beloved husband, Dad, and Grandpop. Phyllis and Butch celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on January 24, 2010. Butch was the quintessential Dad to their daughter, Paige, and was so proud of her and all her accomplishments. Butch and Phyllis became grandparents in September 2007 and Butch reveled in his new role. He was such a proud and involved Grandpop and he and his grandson, Cameron shared an incredible bond during those 2 1/2 years of Cameron's young life. Butch was a man of honesty, integrity, commitment, strength and courage and will be forever honored, remembered and loved.