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Gerald “Jerry” Wachter, 91

Gerald “Jerry” Wachter formerly of Escondido and Matteson, Illinois, died on February 15, 2019 at age 91 in Tampa, Florida surrounded by his loving family.  

Mr. Wachter was born July 18, 1927 to Lewis & Naomi Wachter and grew up in Quincy, Illinois. He proudly served in the Navy in World War II.  In 1952 he married Lucile Evelyn Pfister in El Paso, Illinois. They raised four children in the Chicago suburbs and then moved to Escondido, California and lived there over 25 years. 

Mr. Wachter enjoyed woodworking, sailing, photography, flying remote control airplanes and travel. He served as town commissioner in Matteson, Illinois.  He is survived by his four children and their spouses Ann Floyd (Max), Beth Chapman (Mark), Laura Alexander (Jon), and David Wachter (Donna).  He is also survived by 9 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.  A Celebration of life and graveside service will be held in Quincy later this year.

3 responses to “Gerald “Jerry” Wachter, 91”

  1. Bill Love says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss! Jerry and Lu will forever remain in our hearts!! Great times with great friends!! Wonderful couple, beautiful memories!!! ❤🙏 Family will be in our thoughts and prayers!

  2. Rob Wise says:

    Jerry was a Great guy who I knew for more than 10 years here in Escondido. I saw many of his family
    photographs that he was very proud of ! Yes , We can celebrate his long & full life. It was good that he
    was in Tampa with his family close by ! I talked to him in December 2017 & 2018 before Christmas,
    and we joked about the big Florida storms that mostly missed his Home there .

    My thoughts will be with you for his Memorial Service in August or September 2019 !

  3. Shirley Collins Hager says:

    I knew Jerry and the fami,y when we were neighbors in Matteson, Illinois. Our families had a connection between my parents. My dad and Jerry shared many interests including biking, and my mother shared interests with his wife, Lu. Therefore, the families spent a lot of time together. After I gave birth to my first child, Jerry even included my young son in outings. Jerry was a wonderful man and will sure,y be missed. My sincere sympathy is offered to his family and friends.

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