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April 12, 1925 – Oct. 3, 2012

Charles W. Fechter, of Hamburg, a veteran of World War II, retired plumbing sales executive and honored volunteer at Mercy Hospital in South Buffalo, died last Wednesday in Beechwood Continuing Care Facility, Getzville. He was 87.

A native of Buffalo, Mr. Fechter moved to Hamburg in 1956. He was a graduate of Sloan High School and was a 1948 graduate of Chown Business School.

He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1943 and was stationed in California and Hawaii before he fought in the major battle of Iwo Jima in February and March of 1945. He later served in Occupied Japan until he was discharged in 1946 with the rank of platoon sergeant.

After the war, Mr. Fechter attended Chown Business School under the GI Bill of Rights. He then worked in sales and as branch manager of Crane Plumbing and Heating Supply on William Street in Buffalo from 1949 to 1983. He was director of marketing for Irr Plumbing Supply from 1983 until he retired in 1994.

Mr. Fechter was an active member of Faith United Church of Christ in the Town of Boston and served on many of its committees. He also was a member of the Hamburg Rotary Club from the late 1960s until the 1980s.

As a volunteer patient advocate from 1986 until 2008 at Mercy Hospital, Mr. Fechter received a letter of commendation in 2005 from President George W. Bush for more than 1,000 hours of service as a hospital volunteer. He also was an avid golfer, winning a district championship for his age group in the Erie County Senior Golfers League in 2003.

He held 50-yard line season tickets for the Buffalo Bills from the mid-1960s until 2010.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, the former Kathryn Stonebreaker, and two daughters, Pamela Boehler and Wendy Fechter.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Oct. 20 in Faith United Church of Christ, 8651 Boston State Road, Boston.