Richard Pechout, 88, of Berlin, husband of Shirley (Johnson) Pechout, passed away Saturday (January 5, 2013) at Apple Rehab in Rocky Hill. Born in New Britain, son of the late Anthony and Margaret (Nelson) Pechout, he is a graduate of Upsala University in East Orange, NJ and has lived in Berlin for 60 years. Richard was employed as President and partial owner of Adkins Printing in New Britain for 23 years, retiring in 1986. A World War II US Army Air Force Veteran, he served with the 379th and 384th Bomb Groups as a B-17 Flying Fortress radio operator stationed in the Village of Grafton Underwood England and most notable aboard the "Ye Old Pub". During his tour, Richard became a prisoner of war in Germany. He is a Silver Star and Purple Heart Recipient. Richard is a member of First Lutheran Church in New Britain. Besides his wife Shirley, he leaves a son, Scott Pechout and his wife Deb of Moodus; two daughters, Karen Evans of Middletown and Wendy Papallo also of Middletown; a sister, Marilyn Dontigney of Edgewater, FL; four grandchildren, Richard and Christina Papallo; and Kirsten and Jacob Pechout; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Shirley Kindl.
Funeral service will be held Wednesday 11 a.m. at First Lutheran Church, 77 Franklin Square, New Britain, CT 06051. Burial will be in West Lane Cemetery, Kensington. Calling hours are Tuesday evening 6 to 8 p.m. at Carlson Funeral Home, 45 Franklin Square, New Britain. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Lutheran Church. Please share a memory or note of sympathy with Richard's family at www.carlsonfuneralhome.com.