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Donald E. Hallam

February 18, 1929 ~ August 11, 2022 (age 93)


Donald E. Hallam, age 93, of Wilmington DE passed away peacefully an August 11, 2022.

Donald attended Wilmington High School and graduated from The University of Delaware with a degree in Engineering. He worked for and was later retired from the Du Pont company, where his career included development and installation of the equipment used in the Savannah River Project. This project produced basic materials to be used for our nation’s defense programs. Don made countless trips to DuPont installations domestically and throughout the world, providing trouble shooting and technical support for company projects.

Upon retirement Don established a business, Equipment Systems and Designs, Inc. which focused on computer engineering. He was instrumental in refurbishing the Mighty Kimball, a manual theater pipe organ on behalf of the Dickinson Theater Organ Society.

He enjoyed going out to breakfast and lunch with friends, some favorites included Crossroads Restaurant, Newport Diner, and Cosmos Restaurant. For 53 years he participated in a regular card game with dear friends.

Don was interested all things computer and tools.  He and his friend Van used to be early birds at computer sales, and would go to “Hamfests”, which are swap-shops for amateur radio enthusiasts.  He held a General Class amateur radio operator’s license; and developed an impressive collection of tools and equipment for the various pursuits he was involved in. Don also had a soft spot for stray cats, caring for a few at a time, either inside or outside.

He is survived by his nephew, Kenny Rutter, who provided him with companionship and assistance in his later years. He is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, and friends who loved him dearly.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sisters, Betty, Nancy, and Barbara and his brothers Dale and Marshall.

The family wishes to express deepest thanks and gratitude to the staff of Christiana Care, Seasons/Accent Care Hospice, and all of the friends and family who have been part of Don’s life here on earth.

A funeral service will be celebrated at 10:00am on Thursday, August 18, 2022 at the Doherty Funeral Home, 3200 Limestone Road, Wilmington, DE 19808, where family and friends may visit beginning at 9:00am. Burial will follow at Gracelawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Faithful Friends, 12-A Germay Dr., Wilmington DE 19804.

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August 18, 2022

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Doherty Funeral Home - Pike Creek
3200 Limestone Road, Pike Creek
Wilmington, DE 19808

Funeral Service
August 18, 2022

10:00 AM
Doherty Funeral Home - Pike Creek
3200 Limestone Road, Pike Creek
Wilmington, DE 19808

Video is available for this event

Interment following funeral service
August 18, 2022

Gracelawn Memorial Park
2220 N. DuPont Highway
New Castle, DE 19720


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12 Germay Drive, Wilmington DE 19804
Tel: 1-302-427-8514

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