William Joseph Sahm, age 88, of Wilmington, Delaware died on May 8, 2021 at Christiana Care Hospital.
In his youth, he attained the rank of Eagle Scout in 1950 and continued to support scouting his entire life.He was a graduate of New York Polytechnic University where he earned a degree in Chemical Engineering in 1955.He was Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army in 1955 and deferred active duty for 18 months to earn a master’s degree in Polymer Science from Brooklyn Polymer Institute (Now NY University).He served on both active duty and in the U. S. Army Reserves as a Combat Engineer for ten years attaining the rank of Major.In 1957, he was hired by the E. I. DuPont de Nemours and Company in Wilmington, Delaware as a Research Chemist at the Experimental Station for the Polyethylene Alathon division. In 1960, he met the former Catherine Kehnast and they married in May of 1963.Following numerous assignments in Wilmington and Ohio, he retired from DuPont as the Global Marketing Manager for Lucite SAR in 1992 after a successful 37-year career.During his tenure with DuPont, he travelled the world logging millions of miles and thousands of flight hours.During his career he was also the Scoutmaster of Troop 536 and involved with his children’s school activities and sports as well.
An avid gardener, he very much enjoyed working in his vegetable garden and shared his crop each year with friends and neighbors.
He is preceded in death by his loving wife of 53 years, Catherine K. Sahm (2016).
He is survived by his three children, William J Sahm, Jr., James M. Sahm (Anne), and Katherine A. Sahm; and his grandson Daniel J. Sahm all of Wilmington.
Friends may call on Thursday, May 13 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the McCrery & Harra Funeral Home, 3924 Concord Pike (Rt. 202 South of Silverside Road) Wilmington, DE 19803. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, May 14 at 11a.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary, 4701 Weldin Road, Wilmington, DE 19803. Burial with military honors will be in St. Joseph on the Brandywine Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Outreach Program or The Boy Scouts of America, DelMarVa Council Endowment Fund, 1910 Baden Powell Way, Dover DE 19904.