Walter F. Nickel, Jr. age 93, of Carlisle, passed away Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at the Carlisle Regional Medical Center.
He was born March 9, 1924 in Carlisle to the late Walter F. Sr. and Martha (Waldron) Nickel and was the widower of Louise G. (Farner) Nickel who passed away November 8, 2014. They had been married 68 years.
Wally lived most of his life in the Carlisle area. In 1943 at 19 years old, he entered the Army Corps of Engineers and served with the Asiatic Pacific Campaign in New Guinea and the Southern Philippines for three years. Upon discharge, he worked in the construction field as a contractor and home builder. In the early 1960s, he accepted a position as Home Inspector for the Army War College, retiring in 1984. Retirement was spent traveling to Florida during the winter months for 27 years. He will be remembered for his friendly, outgoing manner and his love for life.
He is survived by: three children, Walter F. III (wife Barbara) Nickel of East Berlin, Michael A. (wife Cathy) Nickel of Montgomery, TX and Sherri L. (husband Charles) Adler of Bayville, NJ; and two sisters, Phyllis Lightner of Carlisle and Pauline St. Pierre of Melbourne, FL. The family is blessed with seven grandchildren, Brien (wife Kristin and daughter Sara) Nickel, Nathan (wife Bobbi) Nickel, Tammy (husband Jonathan) Rochelle, Michael Nickel, Jr., Charles Adler III, Elizabeth (husband Jorge) Cruz and Natalie Adler Fraas; ten great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. In addition to his parents and wife, Walter was preceded in death by a sister, Grace Nickel Wogan and a brother, Richard Nickel.
Celebration of Life services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 22, 2017 at Hoffman Funeral Home & Crematory, 2020 W. Trindle Road, Carlisle, PA with Rev. Robert Moore officiating. Full military honors will be provided by the Cumberland County Honor Guard following the service. Burial will be private and held at the convenience of the family at Westminster Cemetery, Carlisle. There will be a visitation at the funeral home on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the services.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Celtic Healthcare, 900 Century Drive, Suite 201, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055.
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