Mr. Walter R. Schlicht, 82, of Punta Gorda, Fla., and Pittsburg, N.H., passed away Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, at his home in Florida, after a long period of failing health.
He was born May 30, 1931, in Union City, N.J., the only child of Walter M. and Matilda A. (nee Luhmann) Schlicht.
Walter was a 1949 graduate of Cliffside Park High School. From 1948 to ’50, he served with honor in the U.S. Marine Corps, and he later served for eight years in the Air Force as a navigator and radar operator. His duty stations took him around the world and included England, Bermuda, Hawaii, and the Marshall Islands during the Korean conflict.
After his military service, Walter began working in the banking industry. In 1962, he was hired by the U.S. Treasury in the office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and he rose to become a widely respected national bank examiner in the federal government. He later returned to community banking after 35 years as a federal examiner, and retired from the National Community Bank of NJ as executive vice president in 1992.
Both Walter and his wife Margaret were members of Faith Lutheran Church in Punta Gorda, and enjoyed singing in the choir. They were also members of the PGI Civic Association, the Cruising Club, and the Mariners of PGI. In the north country, Walter was a member of Farnham Memorial United Methodist Church. He also enjoyed fishing and boating, and loved traveling with his wife. Walter was a member of American Legion Post 110 in Port Charlotte, Fla., a life member of VFW 337 in Fairview, N.J., and the Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks 2606 in Punta Gorda.
Walter leaves behind his sister-in-law, Lois Gebhardt of Charlottesville, Va. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Margaret, in 2013; and his parents.
Calling hours will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at Jenkins & Newman Funeral Home in Colebrook, N.H. A graveside service with military honors will take place later in the spring at the Pittsburg Hollow Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy in memory of Mr. Schlicht may be sent to Faith Lutheran Church, 4005 Palm Drive, Punta Gorda, FL 33950. Condolences may be offered to the family online by going to www.jenkinsnewman.com.
Arrangements are by direction of Jenkins & Newman Funeral Home, Colebrook.