In memory of
William R. Diveley
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In memory of
William R. Diveley
William R. Diveley AGE: 95 • Richmond William R. Diveley, 95, of Richmond, passed away on Sunday, September 18th. His parents and his brother, Darrell, preceded Bill in death. Bill is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, June, his son Jonathan and his wife Marie, grandson Tucker and many nephews and nieces. William (Bill) was born in Royal Center, Indiana on June 13, 1921 to Daniel Russell and Mildred Pownall Diveley. He grew up in Grass Creek, Indiana attending Grass Creek High School. He went on to get a BS from Manchester College. Immediately after college graduation, he went to Navy midshipman school at Columbia University in New York City. In early 1944, he was assigned to a destroyer, the USS Cony, as the radar officer. He participated in the invasions of Saipan and Mindanao and the battles of Leyte Gulf and Ormoc Bay in the South Pacific. He unfortunately ordered the depth charging of a whale he mistook for a Japanese submarine on sonar but otherwise served his country faithfully. After World War II, Bill taught high school in New Carlisle, Indiana where he met June Shull, a fellow teacher. They were married in June 1949. Bill then received his Masters and PhD degrees in Organic Chemistry from Purdue University. While a graduate assistant at Purdue he taught freshman chemistry to future astronaut Neil Armstrong. In 1952, Bill and June moved to Wilmington, Delaware where Bill worked as a senior research chemist for Hercules. In 1953, they had a son, Jonathan. Bill would continue to work for Hercules for 31 years enjoying many rounds of golf and summer weekends at the Cape May, New Jersey shore. He was granted numerous patents related to his lab work and was a long-time member of the American Chemical Society. He made many close friends among his fellow chemists at Hercules and DuPont and his neighbors in Newark and Wilmington, Delaware where Bill and June lived. He and June traveled all over the world before and after retirement. They rode camels in Egypt and made lasting friends while using their Eurail passes with Paris being their favorite destination. In 2003, Bill and June moved to Richmond to be near their son, daughter-in-law and grandson. All knew Bill for his quick smile, humor and kindness. He was also famous for his love of Klondike ice cream bars. A memorial service will be held at River Road Presbyterian Church, 8960 River Road, Henrico, Virginia on Sunday, October 22nd at 2PM. Inurnment will take place at Arlington National Cemetery at a date to be announced later.
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