George F. Lehwald
NEWTON -- George F. Lehwald, 84, of Byram Township, passed away on Monday, July 22, 2013, at Newton Medical Center.
Born in Manhattan, N.Y., George was a long time resident of Byram.
George traveled to Germany in 1940 with his mother, Siri Lehwald, and brother, Teddy Lehwald, to meet some distant relatives and, as a result of the escalating hostilities, was unable to return to the United States until after the war in 1945. At that time, Mr. Lehwald enlisted in the United States Army
, serving two years in the post-war occupation forces in Japan. George graduated from Columbia High School in South Orange in 1950 and continued his education with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he studied Mechanical Engineering. George was a long time employee of Picatinny Arsenal and worked as a mechanical engineering technician at the Army Research Development Center. He worked on many important programs ranging from early rocket research to installation of security equipment at U.S. Army sites in Europe. George retired from the government work in the mid-1980's. He then spent 20 years on a freelance basis and with a start-up engineering company (Savit Corporation) working on advanced technology programs.
George was a consummate perfectionist in almost every area, from constructing his house from a log cabin kit to making complex metal parts and models for his work. One of his models was displayed for years at the Defense Nuclear Agency in Washington, D.C. He enjoyed rebuilding vintage cars and performing all the maintenance on his newer automobiles. One of his greatest joys was driving in his BMW roadster. He was also interested in Marklin model trains, and built an extensive model train layout that filled half of his large basement
The son of the late Theodor and Siri Lehwald, Mr. Lehwald was also predeceased by his brother, Teddy. He has many close friends that will miss him dearly. George was a warm kindhearted person that gave freely of his time and expertise to help anyone who asked.
A Memorial Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 29, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the American Legion Post 245, located at 210 Espanong Road, Jefferson Township.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High Street, Newton, New Jersey.
Online condolences can be made at www.smithmccrackenfuneralhome.com.