Wilbur B. "Buck" Fichter
1935 - 2016
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WILLIAMSBURG, VA | Wilbur B. "Buck" Fichter of Williamsburg, Va., died on March 23, 2016. Buck was born in Kinston, N.C., on July 19, 1935, to John and Agnes Fichter. He was an ace high school pitcher, and then played for Wake Forest University when they won the 1955 NCAA Division 1 Baseball Championship. Following graduation from Wake in 1957 with a degree in Mathematics, he came to NACA (now NASA) in Hampton, Va. He met Ann Bowles, a fellow NACA employee, in a graduate math class. They were married on August 30, 1958, and spent 54 blissful years together. Ann preceded Buck in eternal rest on January 31, 2013. While at NACA/NASA, Buck continued his education, first getting a Master's degree in Engineering Mathematics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1966, and then a PhD in Engineering Mathematics from North Carolina State University in 1969. During his distinguished career, Buck helped America's space program, publishing many technical papers on esoteric subjects such as the vibration characteristics of critical aircraft structures, and predictable errors in antenna mesh structures. While working at NASA, he also worked as an Adjunct Professor at Christopher Newport College where he taught Math classes in the evenings for many years. He later became an Adjunct Professor for the Graduate School of Engineering at The George Washington University where he taught courses on theory and applications of complex variables. His athleticism continued to flourish, with Buck serving as a high school football referee, and later developing an impressive golf game. Buck is survived by his children and grandchildren, Bryan, Deborah, Dane, and Shelby Fichter, of Maryland, and Lee Ann, John, and Jessica VanOrmer of northern Virginia. Their love and support brought a comfort to Buck that no medicine could have provided. Finding love once in a lifetime is remarkable. Buck was lucky enough to find it twice, spending much of his final years with Annie Rex of Gloucester, Va. Her warmth, energy and love brightened Buck's days. The family intends to host an event in "Celebration of Buck's Life" where we would like to share happy memories with family and friends. Details of the event will be published at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Heritage Humane Society, 430 Waller Mill Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185; Williamsburg Regional Library, 515 Scotland, St., Williamsburg, VA 23185; and Hospice House and Support Care of Williamsburg, 4445 Powhatan Parkway, Williamsburg, VA 23188. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.nelsencares.com. Arrangements are by Nelson Funeral Home and Crematory. Sign the guest book at Kinston.com

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Published in Free Press on Mar. 30, 2016.
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April 5, 2016
Knowing Buck for many years, I always found him to be a consummate gentleman and very low-key. I never recall seeing him upset with anyone. A very meticulous person, when solving a math problem, Buck always used an ink pen. My, how he always enjoyed his afternoon cigar! Lee Ann and Bryan were his pride and joy. We enjoyed talking about his high school football refereeing experiences which he took very seriously. Buck was a good friend and a great guy! I'm happy I could spend so many years as his office mate.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family at this time.
Marvin and Linda Rhodes
Marvin Rhodes
April 3, 2016
Dean and I met Buck through my cousin, Annie Rex. Throughout the three years that we knew him, we were impressed by Buck's gentle manner...dry wit...inquiring mind...and love for children, animals, sports and the arts.

May his family and Annie find comfort that they brightened his world and gave his life purpose.
Cam Williams
April 2, 2016
I would like to send my love and sympathy to Bucks family.
Sue Van Ormer
April 1, 2016
Our deepest sympathy on the loss of this wonderful gentleman..We were honored to know him and share many happy times with Buck and Ann Rex...May his soul rest in God's peace.
Terri and Gordon Dillon
April 1, 2016
len smith
March 31, 2016
I didn't know Buck personally, however he and my late husband, Mickey Hill, played baseball together at Grainger High School. I heard Mickey speak of him and other friends. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Gretchen Hill
March 31, 2016
I'll miss him, and Ann. Hugs to those who remain who new them. Good people.
Daniel Shaye
March 31, 2016
I WANT TO EXPRESS MY SINCERE CONDOLENCE TO THE FAMILY OF BUCK. I MET BUCK IN THE LATE SEVENTIES WHEN I BEGAN MY CAREER AS A FOOTBALL OFFICIAL. I WAS AN UMPIRE IN BUCK'S CREW FOR SEVERAL YEARS. HE WAS A GOOD FRIEND AND A PLEASURE TO BE WITH. BUCK HAD A KIND GENTLE DEMEANOR AND WAS SOFT SPOKEN ALL THE TIME. GOD BLESS YOU ON THE LOSS OF A WONDERFUL PERSON AND A GREAT REFEREE.
CLIFF COFFMAN
March 30, 2016
Tony Hearn
March 30, 2016
Isabel Madry Zimmerman
March 30, 2016
Mavis Taylor
March 30, 2016
So sorry to hear about your loss. You know that God and Jesus are in the best position to comfort us when we lose a loved one in death.
T Griffin
March 29, 2016
My prayers are with the family. I played baseball with Buck back in the 1950s at Grainger High School. Was a pleasure to know him.
Bobby Rowe
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