Delaware Senior Olympics

Leonard Joseph “Lenny” Ferris

January 26, 1947 - August 28, 2023

Leonard Joseph “Lenny” Ferris, age 76, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family on Monday, August 28, 2023.

Born in Wilmington, DE on January 26, 1947, he was a son of the late Alma (Miller) Ferris and Charles Ferris. Lenny was part of the first 8th grade graduating class from Holy Spirit R.C. School in New Castle. He would later marry the love of his life, Barbara on January 4, 1964 at that very same church. Lenny was a graduate of De La Warr High School as well as the University of Delaware where he earned his Bachelor’s degree. He was a certified CPA and CMA and volunteered for many years at AARP during Tax Preparation season. Over the years, Lenny worked at various companies including, Atlas Powder, ICI, Scott Paper in Philadelphia, Magnus Construction, and Tilcon in Delaware and New Jersey and owner of B&L Explosives in Ohio.

Lenny loved to stay active in his spare time, he frequently participated in softball, tennis, pickleball, and shuffleboard. He also enjoyed competing in the Senior Olympics. Lenny could often be found cheering on his beloved University of Delaware sports teams or his grandchildren at their sports events. He also loved to travel and explore new places and most recently watching the wildlife in his backyard.

In addition to his parents, Lenny was preceded in death by his brothers, William Ferris, Robert Ferris, Lawrence Ferris, and Chris Ferris. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Barbara A. (Keen) Ferris; children, Robert Ferris, Jeffrey Ferris (Susan), and Gregory Ferris (Emily); grandchildren, Mark, Heather (Keith), Samantha, Logan, Danielle, Reagan, and Grant; great-granddaughter, Renee; and siblings, Marie Ledoux, Cecelia Whalen (Wayne), and Charles Ferris; and many Nieces and Nephews.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 9 am until 11 am on Tuesday, September 5, 2023, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a funeral service will begin at 11 am. Interment will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 North DuPont Highway, New Castle, DE.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Leonard’s memory to Meals on Wheels at the Newark Senior Center, 200 White Chapel Drive, Newark, DE 19713 or online by clicking here, or to The Parkinson’s Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131 or online by clicking here.

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