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16 - CAPE GAZETFE - Wednesday, December 27 - Thursday, December 28, 2006 Obituaries Continued from page 16 looked out on the golf course, where the second tee sat about 200 feet away. He caddied until he was 19 years old and later became a member of the club. He authored a history of the Rehoboth BeaehCountry Club for its 75th anniversary. The article was published in the Cape Gazette in August 2000 and recalls many of Mr. Simpler's memories. His best score on the club's original course was in the 1930s when he scored a 67, accomplished in part by six consecutive birdies. His best on the current golf course was a 71, played in 1965. He competed regularly in the Delaware Amateur Open golf tournament. He won club champi- onship matches in 1954 and 1955. Believing that golf was a walk- ing sport, especially during tour- naments, he never rode in a golf cart in 28 years of tournament play, except for a benefit for Lewes Meals on Wheels. In the anniversary article, Mr. Simpler wrote that as he got older, he stopped keeping score. "At age 80, I look on my golf as a way of making a walk more interesting." A Rehoboth native, he graduat- ed from Rehoboth High School in 1938 and attended the University of Delaware. He served in the Army Signal Corps in World War II and was stationed at Hickam Field, Hawaii, shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor. A self-employed building contractor, Mr. Simpler took great pride in his work. He retired in 2000 at the age of 80. He was the Rehoboth Beach Country Club's longest active member. Mr. Simpler also was a member of the Peninsula Golf Association, Epworth United Methodist Church in Rehoboth and the Rehoboth Historical Society. Survivors include his loving wife of 48 years, Irene K. Simpler; three nieces, Shirley Dawson of Lewes, Donna Miller of Wilmington, and Barbara Kay Alexander of Petaluma, Calif.; two nephews, Michael DeLoy, of Milton, and George William Maloney, of Alamo, Calif., and several great-nieces and nephews. A memorial ervice will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Dec. 29, at All Saints' Episcopal Church, 8 Olive Avenue, Rehoboth Beach. A reception will follow at the church. Contributions can be sent to Delaware State Golf Association Scholarship Fund, 240 West Side Dr., Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971. Arrangements by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 16961 Kings Highway, Lewes. Mary V. 'GG' Ryan, family matriarch Mary V. "GG" (Duncan) Ryan of Smyrna, 91, formerly of Holloway Terrace, New Castle, died Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2006, in her daughter's home in Lewes. Mrs. Ryan was born July 8, 1915, in Wilmington, daughter of the late Francis and Frances (Peoples) Duncan. She was a talented homemaker and greatly enjoyed crocheting beautiful pieces to share with fam- ily and friends. A loving mother and grandmother, she delighted more than anything in caring for and spending time with her beloved grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 57 year s , Walter T. "Toby" Ryan Sr., in 1992; three brothers, Edward Duncan, Joseph Duncan and Francis Duncan; a sister, Elizabeth Bums; a daughter-in- law, Barbara Ryan; and a son-in- law, Albert W. McCall Jr. She is survived by four sons and three daughters-in-law, Theodore W. "Toby" Jr. and Shirley Ryan of Townsend, Raymond F. "Reds" Ryan, and James W. Sr. and Mary Ann Ryan, all of Smyrna, and Robert E. and Margaret Ryan of Odessa; two daughters and a son- in-law, Marianne V. and William Taylor of Newark, and Sheila M. McCall of Rehoboth Beach; two sisters-in-law, Betty Duncan of Gurnee, III., and Anna Mae Rogers of Millsboro; 17 grand- children; 29 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchil- dren. Services were held in Spicer- Mullikin Funeral Home, New Castle, with burial in Gracelawn Memorial Park, New Castle. The family suggests memorial contributions to Delaware Hospice, Southern Division, 20167 Office Circle, Georgetown, DE 19947. Melvin Donald Barrett, retired state worker Melvin Donald Barrett, 74, of Georgetown died Thursday, Dec. 21, 2006, in the Milford Center Mr. Barrett was born in Wilmington, son of the late Melvin and Mary (Evans) Barrett. He was a 1973 graduate of Tennessee Temple University, Chattanooga. He worked for the state of Delaware, State Service Center, Georgetown. He retired in 1995 as Continued on page References on request i DelshoreDU@3aoOl.co'mg.4?m,t4ed & o.r.,. [ . Licensed & Insured ] Over 25 Years Experience Free Estimates Serving Sussex County WEDNESDAY 8 PM THURSDAY 9 PM FRIDAY 9:00 PM ALL LOCATIONS Sunday Special - NFL Sunday Ticket Menu and Drink Specials MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL Rehoboth -Free halftinle buffet Lewes & Milton - Free wings at halftime OPEN 7Days Lunch Dinner Late Night Happy Hour Daily 4-7