Edward Schlechter Jr.

Edward W. Schlechter, Jr.
Edward W. Schlechter, Jr., 90, of Allentown died Wednesday November 13, 2013 after a brief illness in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. He was the husband of Gale (Snyder) Schlechter with whom he celebrated 30 years of marriage on November 11, 2013. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Edward W. Schlechter, Sr. and the late Florence M. (Young) Schlechter. Edward was a 1940 graduate of Allentown High School and 1942 graduate of Perkiomen Prep. He furthered his education at Lehigh University and Muhlenberg College. As a young man Edward joined the family business, Schlechter Printers and Publishers, Allentown, following in the career steps of his great grandfather, grandfather and father. He retired in 1985 as the owner after more than 40 years employment. Founded in 1810, Schlechter Printers was one of the oldest family business establishments in the Lehigh Valley and published Der Unabhaengige Republikaner (The Independent Republican,) a German-language newspaper. Edward was an avid and skilled fly fisherman who fished on the most significant trout streams in Pennsylvania. He was a member of The Stretch, Blakeslee for over 25 years. Enjoying golf for more than 75 years, he was a member of Lehigh County Club. As a dedicated community volunteer, Edward was President of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, President of the Livingston Club 1962-63, Rotary Club, United Way, and served Meals on Wheels over 20 years. He was one of the three founders of Trident Swim Club, the first in Allentown which then served as a model for many other neighborhood swim clubs. He also served on the South Whitehall Township Recreation Commission. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Allentown, and former member of Christ Lutheran Church, Allentown, serving on the vestry and church council.A veteran of World War II, Edward served the 7th Army Air Forces Radio Squadron in the Philippines. Survivors: Beloved wife, Gale Snyder Schlechter; daughter, Sally S. Johnson of Stuart, FL; son, Edward W. Schlechter III of Allentown; granddaughters, Elizabeth A. Cunningham of Charlotte, NC, Brittney and Kelsey Schlechter of Allentown; brother John F. Schlechter of Center Valley; nephews, John, Scott and Andrew Schlechter. He was predeceased by his sister, Mary Louise Schlechter Grube and his first wife, Elizabeth Hummel Schlechter. Services: Memorial Service 11 a.m., Monday, November 18, 2013 in the First Presbyterian Church. Friends may greet the family from 10 to 11 a.m., Monday in the church. Interment is private. Arrangements by J.S. Burkholder Funeral Home, Allentown, www.jsburkholder.com. Contributions: Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 3231 W. Tilghman Street, Allentown, PA 18103 or Meals on Wheels of Lehigh County, 4234 Dorney Park Road, Allentown, PA 18104.

Funeral Home

J.S. Burkholder Funeral Home Inc.
1601 Hamilton Street Allentown, PA 18102

Published in Morning Call on Nov. 16, 2013