John W. “Donald” Guercio, age 81 of Felton, DE formerly of Glen Burnie and Arnold, MD passed away on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at his home.
Mr. Guercio was born in Baltimore, MD on January 10, 1932 son of the late Joseph A. and Elsie Mae (Mattingly) Guercio. Donald was a Korean War veteran serving in the United States Navy.
He retired as a test mechanic with the Naval Surface Warfare Center in 1991 after 33 years of service. Mr. Guercio was a true homebody that enjoyed working around the house and maintaining his lawn. He also enjoyed being around his family and doing his charcoal drawings.
He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Gaynelle Virginia (Heatwole) Guercio; 2 sons, Gary (Teresa) Guercio of Millington, MD and Gregory (Karen) Guercio of Pasadena, MD; 4 grandchildren, Connor Guercio, Shawn Tolson, Amy Lynn Steigerwald and Rachel Guercio; 2 great granddaughters, Kaytlyn and Kara Steigerwald; a stepbrother, Joel (Donna) Finchum; a sister-in-law, Patsy J. (Kilburn) Heatwole; 2 nieces, Emily Finchum and Connie R. (Neil) Ohora and 4 nephews, John D. (Deborah) Heatwole, Jr., Dana S. (Julie) Heatwole, Michael B. (Susan) Heatwole and Dale G. Heatwole.
A funeral service will be held at 11:45 a.m. on Monday, March 11, 2013 at the Ocean View Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, 38040 Muddy Neck Rd., Ocean View, DE 19970, where friends and family may call after 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow with military honors at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro, DE.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions in Mr. Guercio’s name to Delaware Hospice, 911 S. DuPont Hwy., Dover, DE 19901 or to a charity of your choice.
Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.melsonfuneralservices.com.