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Henry Betz "Bud" Schichtel

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Henry Betz "Bud" Schichtel Obituary
Henry "Bud" Betz Schichtel


Bud has continued his journey, passing peacefully on the evening of Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, with his adoring wife providing love and comfort at his side.

During the high and long arc of his life, he accomplished much and touched many, and left on his path the foot prints of a gentle, quiet, and humble man, known for his love, honesty, and integrity. The foot prints of a true giant to all of us that love him. He was a quiet man who expressed himself through deed and acts, and his tacit voice was heard by all who were blessed to know him.

He loved family, work and friends, and most of all his beloved wife of 68 years, Paula. He asked for nothing, expected little and gave much, and appreciated all his life brought him.

Born in Weehawken, NJ on Oct. 2, 1922, Bud served in the defense industry during the Second World War working as a machinist, went on to earn a degree in industrial engineering, and finished his 47 year career as Assistant Vice President of Manufacturing for Leslie Company in Lakeland, FL. After retiring, Bud and Paula moved to Lake Lure, NC to be with friends, golf, and enjoy life. The tireless energy and dedication that he carried during his professional career did not retire with him however, and he went on to serve as a volunteer firefighter, city councilman, and Mayor Pro Tem in his retirement years. And even then when he felt it was time to step down after years in local civic duty, he continued to volunteer with Paula in the Meals on Wheels program and other giving organizations.

In 2009, Bud and Paula returned to New Jersey to be closer to family, where he continued his role as a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

He will never leave the hearts of those who loved him.

We are known forever by the tracks we leave. May you continue to walk in the beauty that you have created.

A memorial will be held at a later date.

Published in Daily Record & Asbury Park Press on Aug. 5, 2014
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