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“Both of us were so very sorry to hear of the passing of Ozzie. It had been much too long since we were in touch but he was a very, very nice person...Read More »
1 of 5 | Posted by: Sandy and Bruce Owens - GA

“I met Ozzie as a coworker in the mid-1980's when we both worked on Hercules' Pulpex project. I traveled with Ozzie frequently, and I think I was...Read More »
2 of 5 | Posted by: Elliott Echt - Wilmington, DE

“Dear Margaret, We are very sorry and sad to hear of the passing of Ozzie. You and Ozzie will be in out thoughts and prayers. You have our deepest...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: John Tentromono - Wilmington, DE

“Margaret - so sorry to hear about Ozzie. Treasure your memories of all the wonderful times you had together! You are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
4 of 5 | Posted by: Virginia Burbridge - Friend

“Dear Margaret and family,My heartfelt sympathy in the loss of your dear Ozzie. You are in my thoughts and prayers.Trudy ”
5 of 5 | Posted by: Trudy Gilgenast - Wilmington, DE


W. Oliver "Ozzie" Kincannon, Jr.
Age 89, Hockessin, DE

"Ozzie" Kincannon passed away on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at Heartland Hospice with his loving wife, Margaret, at his side.
Born in Baltimore, MD, to Florence and W. Oliver Kincannon, Sr., Ozzie started school in Tupelo, MS, where he learned to walk, talk, read and write. The family soon moved to New Jersey where he did most of his schooling. He graduated from Haddon Heights High School in 1945 having lettered in track, and having been co-editor of both the school newspaper and the year book. He went immediately to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, enrolling in a WWII accelerated program. Although only a freshman, he ran varsity track, and joined Phi Gamma Delta. At the end of freshman year he left MIT to enlist in the U.S. Army Air Corps. After basic training he was sent to Air Force Photo School at Lowry Field in Denver, CO, then shipped out to Japan on his 19th birthday, and after traveling 39 days—and very rough seas—arrived in Yokohama, where he was hospitalized for several weeks before resuming duties. At the conclusion of his service during Japanese Occupation with the Far East Air Force, and having achieved the rank of sergeant, he returned to MIT, was elected to two class offices and graduated in 1950 with a degree in chemical engineering.
His first job after college was with a fine-paper mill in Miquon, PA, which he left fourteen months later and was hired by Hercules Incorporated in Wilmington, DE. His 37 year career in the paper industry with Hercules took him all over the southern U.S. and upper Midwest, before transferring back to Wilmington as product supervisor for Aquapel, a synthetic sizing agent. In 1965 he was transferred to Finland to become Managing Director to Hercofinn. After overseeing steady growth there, he was transferred to Brussels as Technical Director of Operations for Hercules Europe, followed by 5 years in London as Director of Operations for Hercules, Ltd. Installations he designed are scattered all over Europe, with one actually designed on the back of an envelope!
These assignments, in the proximity of great European skiing, London theater, and the Royal Ballet, were very enriching. But it was time to request a return to the U.S., where he retired from Hercules in 1987 after having worked with new product development. He did consulting for several years thereafter.
Ozzie will be dearly missed by Margaret, his loving wife of 36 years, with whom he enjoyed many years of skiing, sailing, art, theater, symphony, ballet and the beach. After retiring, additional travel all over the world resulted in vacationing in over 50 countries. He is also survived by his sister, Ellen K. Kendrick (NYC), his brother, James C. Kincannon (MN & AZ), many nieces and nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews.
Ozzie served on the board of the University of Delaware Library Associates and was a voracious reader. Other board responsibilities included those of a business condominium and a beach house association. An original owner at Coffee Run Condominiums, he served on the Council for many years. He has belonged to the University and Whist Club for many years, also, as well as to several men's lunch groups, all of which he thoroughly enjoyed.
The family would like to thank all those associated with Heartland Hospice for their wonderful care and compassion.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be considered to a charity of your choice or to Morris Library - Gifts, University of Delaware, 83 E. Main Street, Newark, DE 19716 or to the Reading Assist Institute, 100 West 10th Street, Suite 910, Wilmington, DE 19801.
Visitation will be at Chandler Funeral Home, 7230 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin on Friday, February 24th from 10-11 a.m. with a service to follow.