Walter Pircher

Peoria - Walter P. Pircher, 93, of Peoria, formerly of Chicago and Clearwater, Fla., passed away peacefully at 4:55 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, at his home surrounded by his family.

Walt was born on May 28, 1920, in Marling, Italy, to Rose Pircher. In 1936, he immigrated to the United States and two years later, at the age of 18, he enlisted with the United States Army.

He served throughout World War II as a member of the 5th Division under General George Patton, where he proudly aided in the liberation of Europe. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

In the 1970's, he left Chicago and his conventional job to move to Clearwater, Fla., where he was able to turn his longtime love of fishing into a career. In Clearwater, he was known as "Captain Walt" the owner and operator of "The Lucky Lady," a successful deep-sea fishing boat in the Gulf of Mexico.

He was a private pilot and enjoyed flying and taking his family for many memorable rides.

In 1953, he married Doris Decker and she survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Kay (Greg) Daniel and Lizabeth (Reggie) Beemer; one granddaughter, Angela and grandson Jonathan; and great-grandsons, Bradyn, Dylan, Linden and Carter; as well as many nieces and nephews.

His mother and one brother, Frank, preceded him in death.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A private memorial service is planned for a later date.

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Published in Peoria Journal Star on Oct. 11, 2013