On Thursday, May 16 former Delaware State Representative Bob Walls surprised former Delaware State Senator Bob Voshell with a Proclamation from Governor Jack Markell in honor of Voshell’s 80th Birthday. Sharing their morning together at one of Bob’s favorite coffee stops, Donut Connection, Voshell was unaware of Walls intentions as Walls pulled out the familiar navy blue envelope with the seal of the State of Delaware placed on the cover. The Governor’s proclamation stated that Voshell was recognized for his “many contributions to his community, the State of Delaware and the United States of America.”
“It was a complete surprise, Bob just told me he needed to see me about something,” commented Voshell. “It was a wonderful thing on behalf of the Governor to take time from his day. I really appreciate it.”
Born in Felton, Delaware in 1933, Bob graduated from Felton High School and served his country in the United States Army from 1953 to 1955. Three years later he married his wife Joyce and had two daughters. Voshell worked at the Delaware Motor Vehicle Division for forty years where he became Director. Bob also served in the Delaware legislature for the Greater Milford Area from 1993 to 1998.
Bob has served his community through several non-profit organizations including People’s Place, Milford Lions Club, Milford Chamber of Commerce, Milford Historical Society, Milford Memorial Hospital and Avenue United Methodist Church. Bob also joined the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club Board of Directors in 1998 and served as the Chair of the Capital Campaign that secured money to build the current state-of-the-art Boys & Girls facility on Airport Road.
Voshell and Walls have been friends for several decades, attending Avenue United Methodist Church and serving on the Board of Directors for the Greater Milford Boys and Girls Cub together. Walls states that he has know Voshell for over fifty years and has always respected his commitment to his community.
“Honesty, integrity, caring for others and his compassion to serve the community is what you think of when you think about Bob Voshell.,” commented Walls. “He deserves to be recognized for all that he has done for the Milford community, Bob always stepped up to the plate to help and he is such an asset to the Milford community.”
Voshell explains that his service to the Milford community is one of his greatest joys in life. He says it was the people of Milford that kept him active and committed to the town. “There are so many great things in this community and I am fortunate enough to have a lot of friends that serve along with me ,” commented Voshell. “Milford is a great community, everyone pulls together when something needs to get done.”