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“I am so sorry for your loss . May you find comfort in your many fond memories of Robert and in knowing that God cares for you and your family. 1...Read More »
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“Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. ”
2 of 5 | Posted by: Charlene Fongeallaz, Dr. Nicole Stoessel & Family - DE

“Sending our thoughts and sincere condolences to the Carlton family at this time. ”
3 of 5 | Posted by: Susan and Fred - Gainesville, VA

“Our condolences and prayers to the family. May Robert rest in Peace. ”
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“My sincere condolences to the Carlton family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May your faith bring you some comfort during this difficult time...Read More »
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Robert Dennis Carlton, age 86, of Wilmington, DE died in his sleep on Sunday, March 26, 2017 at Foulk Manor South. He was born in Hammond, Indiana and graduated from Hammond High School as the valedictorian of his class in 1949. He obtained a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University in 1953. While at college he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, Eta Kappa Nu scholastic Electrical Engineering fraternity and Skull and Crescent Activities club. He went to work for DuPont in Charleston, West Virginia and moved through various positions in Delaware and Texas and retired from Dupont in 1985. During retirement, Bob taught management classes at the University of Texas in Austin before moving to Pace, Florida in 1996 and finally back to Wilmington in 2005.

Bob was an avid bridge player playing at least once a week for most of his life and teaching bridge to many new fans. Bob was also a Civil War buff, crossword puzzle aficionado and avid football fan. Bob loved to read and never met a debate he did not participate in. His children fondly remember his model trains in the basement and the amazing art work he did to go with it. Above all else he spent his entire adult life married to Roberta Carlton and enjoying the many adventures they had.

Bob was a devoted and loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He is survived by his best friend and wife Roberta; daughters Laura Nichols and Nancy Surma; sons Edward and William Carlton; grandchildren, Krystal Carlton, Amber Watts, Rachel Nichols, Sophia Carlton, Robert Carlton and Stephanie Surma. The final additions to his family were his great-granddaughters Aurora and Avery Watts.

A memorial service commemorating Bob's life will be held at Chandler Funeral Home, 2506 Concord Pike, from at 2:00 pm on Friday, March 31, 2017 where friends may call beginning at 1:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimers support charity of your choice.