Colonel Robert Whayland Retired

Bob passed away on Tuesday, April 2, 2013.

Bob was appointed by the New Castle Levy Court as a Rural Police Officer
on September 1, 1957. He retired on June 8, 1978. Bob was the Chief of
Police for the Department at the time of his retirement. Bob was a member
of the New Castle County Rural Police during the transition from
the Levy Court system of government to the County Council system of
government. Bob was instrumental in the development and growth of the
present day New Castle County Police Department.

Bob will sadly be missed by both active and retired Members
of the Law Enforcement community.

Bob will be remembered for his dedication to both
the Police Department and the citizens of
New Castle County.


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Mr. Robert

Whayland, Sr.

Mr. Robert Whayland, Sr., 77 years of age, went home to be with the Lord on April 2, 2013 surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Blackbird, DE on January 28, 1936 to the late Mr. William Matthews Whayland and the late Mrs. Edith Melvine Montgomery Whayland.

He retired as Chief of Police New Castle County, DE and was also a retired detective for the Department of Justice of Delaware. He was also a long-time member of the St. John's Lodge No.2 where he received the Delaware Grand Lodge Award for 50 years of service as a Mason. Mr. Whayland also proudly served his country in the National Guard. He attended Gautier Presbyterian Church since he and his wife moved to the area in 2001. Mr. Whayland loved the Lord, loved his family and loved to fish. He was a gifted storyteller and had a natural talent of captivating his audiences. His charming personality and homemade ice cream will be missed.

He is preceded in death by his parents, son Robert R. Whayland, Jr., daughter Dianne Edith Korn, brother William M. Whayland, Jr. and sister Doris L. Porter.

Mr. Whayland leaves cherished memories to his wife Annie M. Whayland, granddaughter Shannon and husband Thomas Armstrong, grandson Jason M. and wife Donna Hopkins and grandson Eric Korn. He will also be dearly missed by his son-in-law Mark Korn, sister-in-law Helen M. Leach, numerous cousins and friends.

Visitation for Mr. Whayland will be Sunday, April 7, at GEBHART FUNERAL HOME, 531 Delaware Street, New Castle, DE 19720 from 5 until 7 pm. A private graveside service will be held Monday, April 8, in New Castle, DE.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations be made to the John G. Leach School PTA, 10 Landers Lane, New Castle, DE 19720.

Heritage Funeral Home in Escatawpa, MS is in charge of arrangements. You may view and sign an online register for Mr. Whayland at

Published in The News Journal on April 5, 2013