Herbert Chandler Jennings, 93, WWII US Marine who enjoyed making stained glass

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Herbert Chandler Jennings
Herbert Chandler Jennings

Herbert Chandler Jennings, of Wilmington, died Thursday, May 14, 2015, at his home. He was 93.

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 and director of food services for Consolidated Coin Caterers Corporation in Charlotte.

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; daughters, Linda Gail Jennings (Kirby Jones), of Fountain Hills, Arizona, Carol Anne Jennings (Jim Anderson), of Millersville, Maryland and Sara Elizabeth Dilger (fiance Dan Kovalsky), of Landisville, Pennsylvania; stepchildren, 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 St., 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.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Wilmington Funeral & Cremation.

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