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Memorial Service Announcement - Joseph M. LeVan, Sr.


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Memorial Service Announcement - Joseph M. LeVan, Sr. 

The Indian River Volunteer Fire Company is saddened to announce the passing of Joseph M. LeVan, Sr. an active Delaware volunteer firefighter and staunch supporter of the volunteer fire service for over the past 50 years.

The Indian River and Goodwill fire companies wish to offer its condolences and deepest gratitude to the families and loved ones of Joe.  We wish to offer the LeVan Family as well as any extended families and friends our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Joe’s tenure in the Delaware Volunteer Fire Services spanned more than 50 years, 10 months, and 20 days where he served in the following capacities:  Firefighter, Second Lieutenant, Second Assistant Chief, Deputy Chief, and was awarded a Life Membership in the Goodwill Fire Company of New Castle.  At Indian River, Joe served as Firefighter, DVFA Delegate, DVFA Alternate, Chairman of the Fund Drive Committee, and participated in many functions and committees within the county, state and regional fire service entities.

Joseph culminated his tenure in the Delaware Valley Fire Chiefs Association in 2014 by serving as its President.  Joseph was a staunch supporter of the volunteer fire service in the tri-state region and participated in many regional associations representing the fire service.

Joseph joined Goodwill Fire Company in 1970 at the age of 19 and later joined Indian River in 2001.  Joseph was awarded a Life Membership for his active participation in fire company operations and for his years of devotion and dedicated volunteer fire service. 

Additional information regarding Joe’s tenure can be obtained by viewing the illustrated link:

The Memorial Service will be coordinated via Melson Funeral Home – Long Neck Chapel:

A walk-through viewing will be held from 11 AM – 1 PM on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at the Long Neck Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, 32013 Long Neck Rd., Millsboro, DE.  A private funeral service will follow at the funeral home.  Following the funeral, a procession with firefighter honors will be held at the Indian River Volunteer Fire Company – Station #1.  Interment will be private.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing protocols will be observed and masks must be worn for those in attendance of any aspect of the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions in Joe’s name to the Good Will Volunteer Fire Company, 401 South St., New Castle, DE 19720 or Indian River Volunteer Fire Company Apparatus Fund, 32628 Oak Orchard Rd., Millsboro, DE 19966.