ROBERT L. SPITZ, 73, of Methodist Country House, Kennett
Pike, Greenville, died Wednesday of complications from Parkinson's
disease in Wilmington Hospital.|
Mr. Spitz was an electrical engineer for the DuPont Co. for 32 years. He helped build and operate various DuPont plants, including Aiken, S.C., Niagara Falls, N.Y., Nashville and Memphis, Tenn., Beaumont, Texas, and Parkersburg, WV. He was named director of the information systems department before retiring in 1982.
He was a paratrooper with the Army's 82nd Airborne Division in Europe during World War II. He was wounded during the Battle of the Bulge and received the Purple Heart.
He was a 1948 graduate of Drexel Institute of Technology, Philadelphia, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Phi. He was a member of Wilmington Country Club, Brandywine Bonsai Society and Aldersgate United Methodist Church, and a life member of VFW Post 5447.
Survivors: wife, Katherine; daughters, Marilyn Spitz of Rehoboth Beach, and Sandra Bauers of Wilmington.
Service: 10:30 a.m. Monday, Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Fairfax. Burial: private.
Contributions: National Parkinson Foundation, 1051 N.W. Ninth Ave., Miami, Fla. 33136-9990; or
[The News Journal, Wilmington, DE, 19 Jan 1997, Sun, Page 20]
[courtesy of Corey & Douglas Marshall-Steele]
Grave marker for Robert L. Spitz in Field A, Row G,
Site 54, Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear (New Castle county),
Robert registered for the draft in Philadelphia, PA on
30 June 1942. He entered the Army as an enlisted man under ASN
13101463 but his enlistment record is not available in the National Archives.
However, the date of entry is shown as 12 April 1943 in the bonus
application form below.
some point in time he was tapped for OCS and in May of 1945, 1st Lt.
Spitz was transferred to Hq 1st, 508th PIR.
He was discharged from the Army on 7 July 1946 at Fort Dix, NJ.
Robert submitted this application for the Pennsylvania WWII Veterans
Bonus on 19 January 1950. He was credited with 20 months of
domestic duty and 15 months of foreign service which yielded a $425