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Edward L. Koffenberger, Sr.

Obituary for Edward L. Koffenberger, Sr.

July 4, 1926 - September 21, 2014
Hockessin, Delaware | Age 88

Amazing Athlete, Loving Husband and Father


Edward L. Koffenberger Sr., age 88 years of Cokesbury Village, died September 21, 2014. He was born in Wilmington, Del. on July 4, 1926 the son of Arthur W. Koffenberger and Natalie T. Koffenberger. He graduated from P.S. DuPont High School in 1944. He graduated from Duke University's Engineering School in 1947 with a BSME. At Duke he was elected to Omicron Delta Kappa honorary leadership fraternity and Pi Tau Sigma honorary Mechanical Engineering fraternity.

His illustrious athletic career included becoming Duke's first two time All American in basketball and was also an All American in lacrosse. He was named the outstanding amateur athlete in North and South Carolina in 1947. He later was inducted into Duke's Athletic Hall of Fame, and Basketball Wall of Honor as well as Delaware's Athletic Hall of Fame. In 2008 he was honored as the first living legend by the Delaware Sportswriters and Broadcasters. He enjoyed working with young people and spent many hours volunteer coaching and officiating youth sports. He was an active tennis player, winning several Delaware Senior Olympic age group tournaments and participating in the National Senior Olympics.

He retired from DuPont in 1989 after spending 42 years in a variety of Textile Fibers management jobs, first at plants in Richmond Va., Camden, S.C., Waynesboro, Va., and Chattanooga, Tenn., and then for 22 years in Wilmington. He was part of the original development team for "Nomex" and retired as Worldwide Manufacturing Manager for "Lycra". He and his wife are members of First Presbyterian Church of Newark where he was an elder, committee chair and Sunday school teacher. His leadership, wisdom and generosity will be missed by the church. He was also very active in New Castle Presbytery where he served as Treasurer for 14 years, as Moderator and on many committees. He was a member of Duke's Engineering Board of Visitors for 15 years. He received Duke Engineering's Distinguished Service Award in 2013. He also served on local boards of Pencader Hundred Community Center, Prison Ministry of Delaware, Master Gardeners, and as a docent at the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame.

Ed married his high school sweetheart and they enjoyed 66 years of happy marriage together. He will be greatly missed by his wife, Winnie, and five children; Ed Jr. and his wife Mary Ann, Barbara Chilcoat and her husband Ed, Laura Croom and her husband David, Charles and his wife Susan, and Carol Koffenberger-Jones and her husband Brian and ten grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Dick of Holly Springs N.C. and was predeceased by his brothers, Arthur Jr. and Joseph T. A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Newark at 11:00 on Saturday, October 11, 2014. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to the First Presbyterian Church of Newark or Prison Ministries of Delaware may be made through R. T. Foard and Jones, Inc., 122 West Main Street, Newark, Del. 19711.

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