Paul Krapf Bacher

Paul Krapf Bacher

Paul Krapf Bacher died on September 18, 2013 at Christiana Hospital following complications from heart surgery. He recently celebrated his 90th birthday.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Elizabeth (Betty) Bacher; sons Jeffrey Bacher (wife Elida); Mark Bacher (friend Jeffrey Meadows); Jonathan Bacher ( Allison); David Bacher.; granddaughters Tara McNulty (Michael),Victoria Paul (Norris), Kathryn Bacher Meaney (Dan), Lauren Bacher; grandsons, Jonathan Bacher (friend Courtney Grantham); Kyle Bacher, Ryan Bacher and three great grandchildren, Mason, Lilly, and Reese Paul.

Paul was the son of the late Theodore A. Bacher & Mary Krapf Bacher. He had one brother, Theodore A Bacher, Jr. now deceased. He is also survived by two nieces, Jane Conlon (James), Suzanne Riley (Marty) & their children.

Paul graduated from Wilmington High School in 1941, and after a year attending the University of Delaware, enlisted in the Navy and served in the Pacific theatre in World War II as a 2nd Lieutenant on an attack cargo ship. He was a graduate electrical engineer from Worcester Polytechnic in Wooster Mass. and earned a 2nd degree in mechanical engineering from the U of D in 1948. He was a licensed Delaware professional engineer. He worked for the DuPont Company for 42 years, retiring in 1992.

His life centered on his love of family and his service to others. He was an extremely talented and creative man. He and his wife traveled extensively all over the world, but he was happiest in his basement workshop designing a variety of unusual gifts and mechanical toys. His original Christmas

displays brought joy to everyone who viewed them and he delighted in creating something new each year and sharing the magic with young and old alike. He spent untold hours in each of his children's homes building bookcases, designing patios etc. not to mention orchestrating the "raising" of his own house to make a large rec room in the basement and the building of two fish ponds in his back yard. Paul loved sailing, and built his first boat when he was 12 years old. He went on to build two others but finally gave in and purchased a skipjack for his later years.

But nothing gave him greater pleasure than following his grandchildren in sports. Rain or shine, he never missed a boys baseball, football or basketball game and he followed his granddaughters activities of dance, riding, basketball, and crew as well. His grandchildren, all of them, were the light of his life and they gave him tremendous pride and joy. Family times were extremely important to Paul from sharing special get-to-gethers at birthdays and holidays to the annual Father's Day week-end at Fenwick Island with the entire "crew". We were privileged to do that for 51 years.

Paul had a steadfast faith in God and was a lifelong member of Zion Lutheran Church where he served in many capacities. He was on the planning committee for the building of Zion church at Lancaster Ave. &Bancroft Pkwy after old Zion was torn down to make way for the Freeway, and he worked with Charles Parks on the design of the large crucifix which graces Zion's altar. He was currently a member of Church council, had served as Sunday school superintendent, was on the planning committee for the building of Luther Towers 1 and involved in a variety of other Lutheran organizations. He was still singing in Zion Church choir and for many years helped produce the annual musicals created by his wife. He loved music and was a talented violinist.

His generosity of time and talent was legendary. He never turned down any request from anyone. He lived his faith every day of his life. He was a devoted & loving husband, father and grandfather, and will be sorely missed by his family and especially his wife Betty with whom he shared every aspect of his life-they were a team- and the wide variety of good friends & neighbors he treasured.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, September 26 from 10-11am at Zion Lutheran Church 2101 Lancaster Ave., Wilmington, DE 19805, where the service will begin promptly at 11am. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Zion Lutheran Church or .

Online condolences visit: 302-478-2204

May God greet him with loving arms and tell him "Well done, thy good & faithful servant."

Published in The News Journal from Sept. 22 to Sept. 23, 2013