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Rick Walther Hollister, 68, of Macungie, passed away Friday, October 5, 2012, after a two year battle with brain cancer. He was the husband of Marilee Elizabeth Skinner Hollister, married 44 years last February. He was the son of the late Edwin S. and Elfrieda Willy Hollister. Rick graduated from Dieruff High School in 1962 as First State Champion, First All-American Swimmer, attended Annapolis Naval Academy and Bloomsburg State College. He served on active duty in the U.S. Navy from February, 1963 until March, 1967. He achieved his status as A-1 machinist at General Electric Co., Allentown. He worked as a research and development model maker and mold maker for Beckman Coulter, Miami, FL from 1979-2000 and retired January, 2011, from B Braun Medical, Allentown. He was an avid boater for over 50 years, including captain of his 43-foot motor yacht on which he, his wife and dogs lived for more than six years in Miami Beach, FL. After deciding to move closed to family in 2000, he and his wife brought the boat up the Intracoastal Waterway to a marina in Northeast, MD and then took up residence in Macungie, PA. Following, they traveled the Chesapeake Bay for 10 years before he became ill. Survivors: Wife; daughter, Lisa Marie Engle; son-in-law, Lisle Houston Engle; granddaughter, Samantha Marie Engle, all of West Hollywood, CA; sister, Kim Rose Ksyniak; nephew, Joe Ksyniak and family of Old Town, ME; mother-in-law, Marie Arndt Skinner of Macungie; brother-in-law, Ric Skinner of Sturbridge, MA; nieces, nephews and cousins. Services: A memorial service will be held Sunday, October 21 at 3 p.m. in Concordia Lutheran Church, 2623 Brookside Road, Macungie, PA 18062. Arrangements, Pearson Funeral Home, Bethlehem. Memorials: Contributions may be made in memory of Rick to Downtown Sailing Center, 1425 Key Highway, Suite 110, Baltimore, MD 21230 or http://downtownsailing.org/communityoutreach.
Published in Morning Call on Oct. 7, 2012
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