William Frederick Schecher, 90, of Inverness, FL, died peacefully and in the Lord's arms at the Citrus Health and Rehabilitation Center on January 2, 2014. Bill was born in Glendale, Long Island, New York on January 9, 1923. Bill proudly served in the U.S. Maritime Service. He and his family settled in North Bergen and then Secaucus, New Jersey where he owned service stations for almost 30 years. He was a member of the Secaucus Volunteer Fire Department, St. Matthews Lutheran Church and loved the Meadowlands. In his retirement, Bill moved to Inverness, Florida and was an active member of the First Lutheran Church of Inverness. He especially enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, gardening, bird watching, and boating.
Bill was predeceased by his loving wife, Rose in 1987, his brother, Joseph Schecher and sister, Irene Knopfle. Bill is survived by his daughter, Barbara, son-in-law, Daniel, grandchildren, Kurt and Jessica, his brother, Edwin Schecher of Naples, FL, brother and sister-in-law, Roland and Marie Bellamy of Inverness, beloved nieces and nephews, dear friend, Betty Gibson and loving family and friends from New Jersey to Florida. He also enjoyed many years of companionship from his late dog, Lady.
A Celebration of Bill's life will be held at First Lutheran Church, Inverness, Florida on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 1 PM, and at a later date in New Jersey. Donations in honor of Bill's life can be made to First Lutheran Church, Inverness, Citrus County Animal Services of Inverness, Florida and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.HooperFuneralHome.com.