Dean Richard Dungan of Lincoln University

Dean Richard Dungan, 77, of Lincoln University, died Tuesday, Nov. 16. He was the beloved and devoted husband of Barbara Ann Dungan (nee Rose) with whom he shared 50 years of marriage.

Born in Denver, Colo., he was the son of the late Dean Aubrey Dungan and the late Mary Dungan.

Dean Richard Dungan

After retiring from New Castle County Airport, New Castle, Del. as an air traffic controller supervisor, Dean continued to work for Flight Safety International, Wilmington, as director of training and teaching meteorology at Wilmington University.

His many interests included music, traveling, ham radio, and most of all participating in any and everything having to do with flying. As he was a pilot and flight instructor for most of his adult life, Dean was happiest when flying any time, anywhere. He was the organizer of the Delaware Aviation Hall of Fame “Flight of Honor” and East Coast Experimental Aircraft Assoc. Fly-Ins out of New Garden Airport.

Dean was a proud United States Army veteran reaching the rank of sergeant serving in the Vietnam War. He was a member of the American Legion in Newark, The National Association for Amateur Radio, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, and Quiet Birdmen, Delaware. He was a graduate of Wilmington University.

In retirement and never one to sit idle, Dean along with Barbara and their son, Christopher, embarked on a new adventure by buying an 18-acre horse farm in New London. He enjoyed the peace and quiet and the beautiful nature of the surrounding area which he was excited to share with family and friends. “Happy Tails Doggy Day Camp” was established in keeping with Dean’s love of animals, especially dogs.  He took great satisfaction in growing this new endeavor.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Brooke S. Silver (Bradley) of Oxford; one son, Christopher R. Dungan of Lincoln University; one brother, Dale Dungan of Denver, Colo., and three grandchildren, Leven, Grace, and Lane. He was preceded in death by his brother, Dana Dungan.

A “Celebration of Life” memorial service will be held later.

To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, please visit  In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to Vietnam Veterans of America, 8719 Colesville Road, Suite 100, Silver Spring, MD 20910 or you may visit

Arrangements by the Foulk Funeral Home, West Grove.

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