Binkley, William (Bill) Elmer

William “Bill” Elmer Binkley, 75, of Marshallton, Delaware, passed away on Tuesday, May 21, 2024 with his wife, Linda, by his side after a long battle with bladder cancer.

Bill was born on December 2, 1948, and lived in Marshallton most of his life. He was the son of Elmer and Bernice Binkley. He graduated in 1966 from Dickinson High School and then he went to the RCA School of Technology in New York City for two years. In June of 1968, he joined the Army and served with the 4th Infantry Division in Vietnam. He was honorably discharged in 1970 with the rank of Sargent. In 1974 after working various jobs, he went to work for the B&O Railroad and by 1980 he became a locomotive engineer for the Company. Bill continued working his entire career with the Company, which later became CSX Corporation, and retired at the age of 60 on December 2, 2008.

Bill was an avid gardener who liked to grow a variety of different colored tomatoes, onions, peppers and herbs, and a skilled woodworker who built many things including a two-drawer oak filing cabinet, oak computer desk, spice rack, display shelf for his CSX mug collection, wood puzzles, and a beautiful pie safe. He also enjoyed shooting pool, reading history books, fishing, vacationing in Bethany Beach and Cape May, watching the Phillies and Eagles, working out at the gym, and especially spending time with family and friends. He loved telling jokes and would always have a new riddle to tell his grandchildren whenever he saw them. As a long-time member of Marshallton UMC, he would often be seen down at church volunteering to do projects and helping with others to do maintenance work around the church

Bill is survived by Linda, his wife of 43 years, daughter Jennifer Sheridan and husband Tim, son Adam Binkley and wife Amanda, and grandchildren Adeline and Avery Binkley and Madelyn Sheridan. He is also survived by his sisters Kathleen Widdoes Senter (Jerry), Dorothy Colgain, and Darla Laramore, and brother Richard Binkley (Linda) plus many nieces and nephews. was predeceased by his parents and brother Robert Latham.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, June 4, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. at Marshallton United Methodist Church, 1105 Stanton Road, Wilmington, DE 1988, with visitation from 10-11 a.m. Burial at the Delaware Veterans Cemetery in Bear, Delaware will be held on Friday, July 12, 2024 at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Marshall UMC or other charity of your choosing.

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