Frank Wachter Jr.

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Frank Joshua Wachter, Jr., 93, of New Oxford, PA, died peacefully on Thursday, March 3, 2016, at Cross Keys Village the Brethren Home Community. Born April 12, 1922, in Frederick, MD, he was the son of the late Franklin J. and Elizabeth (Garner) Wachter. He was the husband of Ruth Ellen Wachter, his wife of 65 years, who passed away in 2013. Frank grew up in Linwood, MD, and graduated from Elmer Wolfe High School in 1940. Soon thereafter he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served with the 80th Infantry Division in the European Theatre, fighting in the Battle of the Bulge. After the war, he graduated from the University of Baltimore with a B.S. degree in Business Administration. He was accepted in the Army Officers' Reserves and was called back into active duty. He spent 27 years in the military serving in France, Germany, Korea, Vietnam, and Thailand, as well as several state-side posts; retiring as a Lt. Colonel. He and his wife lived in Westminster and Myrtle Beach before moving to Cross Keys Village. Frank was a former member of the Uniontown (MD) Church of God and Grace Lutheran Church in Westminster, MD, where he was a lay leader and was active in several ministries. He was more recently a member of the Faith Community of the Brethren Home where he lived for the past 26 years. Frank loved the Lord Jesus and eagerly spoke of and taught the Good News of the Gospel to others. In addition to his parents and wife, he is pre-deceased by his in-laws, Capt. John and Emma (Currens) Magin; step-mother-in-law, Myrtle Magin; sister-in-law, Elizabeth (Magin) Landy and her husband William C. Landy. Surviving are nephews, William R. Landy and his wife Barbara, of Linwood, MD, and Jeffrey A. Landy and his wife Julie, of Henderson Harbor, NY; great-nephews, Ryan C. Landy and wife Suzanne, of Urbana, MD, and Michael W. Landy, of Linwood, MD; great-great nieces, Ava J. Landy and Emma E. Landy, of Urbana, MD; a cousin, Kathyrn Green of Keymar, MD; and friends, Betti Beard and Dan Cool of Hanover, PA. A grave-side service and inurnment will be held at Westminster Cemetery at a later date. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Faith Community of the Brethren Home Community or to the Good Samaritan Fund c/o The Brethren Home Community, 2990 Carlisle Pike, New Oxford, PA 17350.

Published in Carroll County Times on Mar. 6, 2016
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