Herbert Jennings

March 15, 1922 - May 14, 2015
Herbert Jennings

Herbert Chandler Jennings, age 93, of Wilmington passed away Thursday, May 14, 2015 at his home.

He was born in Barberton, Ohio on March 15, 1922 the son of the late Russell Herbert Jennings and Sarah Josephine Chandler Jennings.

He proudly served his country as a U.S. Marine Corps aviator and pilot instructor during WWII. He retired from the USMC Reserves as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1982. Herbert was a highly motivated and independent person who worked as an executive in the food service industry. He had a successful career with Stouffer’s Foods and Litton Industries, and he retired in 1990 as Vice President, Director of Food Services for Consolidated Coin Caterers Corporation in Charlotte, NC. He enjoyed numerous activities like skiing, golf and square dancing but also was known to delve into creative pursuits such as woodcarving, painting, and making stained glass.

He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Stephanie W. Jennings of the home; son, Russell Herbert Jennings II (Kay) of Albemarle, NC; daughters, Linda Gail Jennings (Kirby Jones) of Fountain Hills, AZ, Carol Anne Jennings (Jim Anderson) Millersville, MD and Sara Elizabeth Dilger (Fiance Dan Kovalsky) of Landisville, PA; step children, Mark W. Ryle and Robin Ann Ryle of New York City; grandchildren, Samantha Jennings-Jones, Cheryl Morgan, Scott Dilger, Paul Dilger and Maya Jennings; great grandchildren, Harper Dilger and Scarlett Morgan; and numerous other loving friends and family.

Herb was a member of First Baptist Church, 411 Market Street, Wilmington.

A private graveside service with Military Honors will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, www.hospiceandlifecarecenter.org

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  • May 16, 2015
    Errol says:
    So deeply sorry for your loss. May you take comfort in the Bible's promise of the time when tears,death and pain will be no more. (Rev.21:3,4)

  • May 16, 2015
    Sally Dilger says:
    My Dad could do anything and everything. At least that is what I have always felt. He would tell me he was a Jack of all trades and master of none yet he could whistle any bird call, ski down the expert slopes, cook a gourmet meal, make a backyard ice rink, pilot boats and planes, have knowledge of any event in history and love his family. Stef, thank you for taking such good care of my hero. He will be greatly missed. Love, Sally

  • May 16, 2015
    Doreen Merritt says:
    Although we had only a few visits through the years with both of you, it was always a pleasure visiting with you and your Corgies. Your love for each other was special. I treasure the stained glass flower and Christmas Angel Uncle Herb made for my family. Love to you Aunt Skippy. My condolences to Uncle Herb's family. Doreen