H. William (Bill) Licht, 99 of Watertown, was called home to heaven on Sunday, January 11, 2015 at the Rainbow Hospice Center in Johnson Creek.
Bill was born on August 15, 1915 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, the son of George A. and Mary (Boxleitner) Licht. After working in coal mines and steel mills, he attended and then graduated with honors from the University of Alabama with a degree in aeronautical engineering in 1941. Upon graduation he was employed by Pan American Airways as a co-pilot and flight engineer. During World War II he served in the US Navy as a co-pilot in the Air Transport Command. After the war he married the love of his life, Pauline Kranch. He worked for Pan American Airways until 1957, and then for RCA as an electrical engineer until his retirement in 1981. Leaving Pennsylvania in 1988, Bill became a permanent resident of Sanford, Florida until 2008 when he joined his son's family in Watertown.
A former deacon in several Baptist churches, Bill was currently a member of Fellowship Baptist Church in Watertown. He enjoyed reading and studying the Bible, writing biblically-themed books, and talking about world events and politics.
Bill is survived by: his son Will (Susan) Licht of Watertown, daughter Janna (Mitch Schwarz) Licht of Charleston, South Carolina; 6 grandchildren Ryan Licht, Erika Licht-Eloe, Matthew Licht, Joshua Licht, Carlyn Schwarz, and Kelsey Schwarz; 3 great grandsons; a brother, Robert Licht of Prescott, Arizona; and many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to extend a particular thank you to the staff of Rainbow Hospice for the kindness and care that was provided the last months of his life.
A memorial service will be held at 6:30PM on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at Fellowship Baptist Church in Watertown.
Saturday, January 24th, 2015, 6:30pm, Fellowship Baptist Church