Victor Theodore Letonoff, soldier, artist

Colonel Victor Letonoff was born on August 22, 1934 in Wilmington, son of Theodore and Elizabeth Letonoff. He passed away on Sunday 17 April 2022 in Lewes.

Colonel Letonoff is survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Lacy Shockley Letonoff. He is also survived by his son, Victor II of Lewes, his wife Maribeth and his children, Gillian and Teddy; his son, Eric of Biloxi, Miss., his wife Amanda, and their son Jude; his son Lars of Tampa, Florida, his wife Janice and their sons Lucas and Jason; and his sister, Ellen Letonoff Hollingsworth of Wilmington. He also leaves behind his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Gilbert and Wythe Shockley of Richmond, Virginia, and their children Thomas and Anne Madison.

Colonel Letonoff graduated from Avon Grove High School in West Grove, Pennsylvania. He then served as a soldier in the 82nd Airborne Division for three years earning his parachute wings. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1960. He then served in Vietnam, where he received two Silver Stars, a Bronze Star and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He then served as a battalion commander in Germany. His 35-year career in the military also included tours teaching at the United States Military Academy at West Point and the Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania.

After retiring from the military, Colonel Letonoff entered the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, where he graduated from the 4-year certificate program. He also studied at the Academie des Beaux-Arts in Paris, France. Over the years, his work has been featured in many galleries, including Troika Gallery in Easton, Maryland, Aerie Art in Rehoboth, Peninsula Gallery in Lewes and Carspecken Scott Gallery in Wilmington. He has also exhibited his work at Rehoboth Art League, The Pennsylvania Sketch Club, and the Museum of Modern Art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Colonel Letonoff enjoyed working in the Lewes community, where he served on the city council for six years. He also volunteered for Beebe Medical Foundation, Greater Lewes Foundation and several other community organizations.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, April 24 at 4pm at Lewes Presbyterian Church, Kings Hwy., Lewes. Masks are recommended. The funeral will take place at a later date at the United States Military Academy in West Point.

In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to the Beebe Medical Foundation, 902 Savannah Road, Lewes, or Historic Lewes Farmers Market, PO Box 185, Nassau, DE 19969.

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