- About Us
Larry and Mary Pippin have a long established family history within central Delaware. Their respective families have been part of Delaware history for many generations.
Following his graduation from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in March 1975, Larry and his wife Mary, established the Pippin Funeral Home at 119 W. Camden-Wyoming Avenue in Wyoming, Delaware. With the increase in the number of families served, and expansions to their original property, the Emerson Home bears little resemblance now, as it did in 1975.
Upon entering the funeral home, you will recognize their love for traditional furnishings and antiques. The collecting of antiques has been a lifetime passion for the Pippin’s. In 2004 we expanded to incorporate our own crematorium, giving families the comfort of full on site services.
Mary J. Pippin is a graduate of Caesar Rodney High School and Goldey Beacom College. Mary, now vice president, has been helping her husband Larry, since they started the business on November 23, 1975.
The Pippins attend Three Stones Church in Dover. Larry and Mary take enormous pride in their facilities and welcome the opportunity to be your source of friendly, professional help and information.
William M. Pippin resides in Harrington with his wife Kimberly, and their two children Kailyn and Kelden. He is a former graduate of Caesar Rodney High School, a member of the Camden-Wyoming Lions Club, Silver Ralph Helm Fellowship Recipient, and a member of the First State Antique Tractor Club. William is the Design Specialist and Manager of Pippin Mausoleums & Monuments, which became an important part of our expanded services in 2008. Kimberly J. Pippin is a former graduate of Lake Forest High School. She received her Associate’s Degree in Business and Marketing from Delaware Technical Community College, and continued her education at Wilmington University, receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. Kimberly received her Insurance Certification for Pre-Funded Trusts in 2006. She currently serves as the Business Manager for the Funeral Home. William and Kimberly are active delegates for Girl Scout Troop 272 and are involved with the Lake Forest FFA and LF FFA Alumni. In their spare time they enjoy travel and camping.
Licensed Funeral DirectorRobert J. Lakatos, Licensed Funeral Director, resides in Camden, Delaware with his wife Sandy, and their children, Michael ,Michelle &Christopher Nelson. Robert began his career in funeral service 40 years ago in New Jersey, becoming a licensed funeral director in 1983. He relocated to Delaware with his family in 2002, and obtained his Delaware funeral directors license. Robert and Sandy enjoy cruising the Caribbean Sea. Robert has been a member of our staff since 2006.
Licensed Funeral DirectorDuwayne M. Casini, Licensed Funeral Director, is a resident of New Castle County, Delaware. He began his career in funeral service at the age of 16. Duwayne is past President of the Delaware State Funeral Directors Association, and now serves as Secretary on the State Board of Funeral Services. He previously served as the Delaware representative on the National Funeral Directors Association National Policy Board, and as a past member of the State of Delaware’s Mass Fatality Task Force. Duwayne is an Alumni of Salesianum School, Mercer County Community College, and Immaculata University. He is also a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, and is a third degree Knight of Columbus. Duwayne joined our staff in January 2014.
Licensed Funeral Director
Harry Fletcher Jr. Graduated from Catonsville Community College in 2001 and has been a licensed funeral director since 2002. Harry is married to Michele A. (Hearn) Fletcher. Together they have 2 children and 3 grandchildren. Harry has been employed at Pippin Funeral Home since 2014. Harry has been a volunteer with the Georgetown Fire Co. Inc. since 1980 receiving Lifetime Fireman of the Year Award, Chief’s Award and numerous Citations, serving as President six years and serving in several other offices and committees. He served as a member of Georgetown American Legion Ambulance Service for over 20 years. Harry also was a volunteer for several years with the Georgetown Little League. In his spare time, Harry enjoys spending time with his family, cooking and playing golf.
Licensed Funeral DirectorRobert A. Wilk resides in Camden Wyoming, Delaware with his wife Danielle and his two children, Carly and A.J. He is a second generation funeral director, raised in Hamtramck, Michigan where he attended Our Lady Queen of Apostles Catholic School. A proud graduate of De La Salle Collegiate, Robert attended Michigan State University completing his Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. In 1997, Robert graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in Mortuary Science. For nearly 10 years, he was a recognized member of the Mortuary School's faculty. Robert recently completed his Masters Degree from Central Michigan University. Currently he is a member of the MFDA, NFDA, Knights of Columbus, MFDA Education Committee, and Holy Cross Catholic Church in Dover. When Robert is not working, he can be found watching Tigers' Baseball or Michigan State Men's Basketball games.Robert A. Wilk has been with the Funeral Home since October 2015.
Multimedia and Graphic Design SpecialistRobert T. Burris, III, or "Rob" as many call him, is our Multimedia and Graphic Design Specialist. He currently resides in Sandtown, Delaware with his wife Nikki, and their five children, Robby, Josiah, David, Steven, and Michael. Rob is a former graduate of Polytech High School. He continued his education at Delaware Technical Community College, receiving his Associate’s Degree in Advertising. Rob attends Wellspring Fellowship, currently located in Harrington. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family. Rob has been a member of our staff since January 2011.
Jim Ludizieski, Funeral
Assistant, was born in Pennsylvania. He
lived and worked in New Jersey until relocating with his Late wife, Linda, to Camden, Delaware after
retirement. Jim has two children, April and James; and three grandchildren,
Jordan, Trevor, and Cole. He worked at
Consolidated Drake Press, commercial printing for 34 years. Jim is a member at Dover
Presbyterian Church, and enjoys golf,
fishing, and travel. Jim has been a
member of our staff since March 2014.
Funeral AssistantJake Goodwill, Funeral Assistant, was born in Oil City, Pennsylvania. He currently resides in Dover with his wife Beth. They have two children together, Tammy and John Jr., four grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. Jake spent 21 years in the Air Force, arriving in Dover August 1983. After retiring from the Air Force, he worked for Boeing Helicopter, retiring in April 2014, after 25 years. Jake enjoys spending time with his family, golf, and bowling. Jake is a member of South Side Baptist Church in Dover. Jake has been a member of the staff since May 2014.
Doug Darling is a resident of Delaware. He has been a member of our staff since 2013.
Christopher Senato joined our staff in 2016.
Cathy Crusco resides in Dover with her husband John. She has been a member of our staff and Music Ministry since 1999.
John Moore is a local native, growing up in Kent County. John has been a member of our staff since 2017.
Mark Holloway, Funeral Assistant, is a local native, growing up in Wyoming. He currently resides in Dover with his wife Krista. They have one son, Brad, daughter-in-law, Alyssa, and two grandchildren, Elliotte and Sammy. Mark retired from Caesar Rodney School District in 2004 after 26 years of service and went on to work for Comcast, retiring in 2016. Mark enjoys spending time with his family, volunteering with the Civil Air Patrol, specifically communications, and is an avid amateur radio operator. Mark has been a member of our staff since 2017.