Arnold H. “Arnie” Wachter, 87, of Jackson, passed away Thursday, March 19, 2015, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born April 6, 1927, in New Wells, Missouri, to Charles B. and Hilda Richter Wachter.  He and Verna Bingenheimer were married April 19, 1952, at Grace Lutheran Church in Uniontown.

Arnie was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Wells, and graduated from the former Immanuel Lutheran School.  He worked on the family farm near New Wells until he entered the U.S. Navy August 2, 1945.  He served in the Asiatic Pacific Theatre of WWII and was honorably discharged July 17, 1946.

Arnie worked several years at the former Gerhardt Construction Co. in Cape Girardeau.  Through his membership in the former Local 282 in Cape Girardeau, he then worked for other various construction companies.  In 1983, he became employed in the maintenance department of Southeast Hospital, retiring in 1997.

After their marriage in 1952, Arnie and Verna became active members of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jackson, where he was an elder, trustee, and served on several other committees including the finance board.  He was also a member of Altenthal-Joerns American Legion Post 158 in Jackson.

Arnie loved farming and was an excellent gardener and truly enjoyed sharing his vegetables with friends.

Loving survivors include his wife of nearly 63 years, Verna of Jackson; two children, Nancy (Clint) Collier and Steve (Becky) Wachter both of Jackson; two granddaughters, Landon Wachter of Columbia, Missouri, and Paden Wachter of St. Louis; three siblings, Roland (Dorothy) Wachter of Lemay, Missouri, Florence Hafner of Hammett, California, Pauline (Bill) Nitsch of Sedgewickville, Missouri; two sisters-in-law, Lavern (the late Eugene) Wachter of Jackson and Lorene (the late Reinhold “Buddy”) Wachter of Belleville, Illinois; and many nieces and nephews.

All services are at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jackson as follows:

Visitation will be Sunday, March 22, 2015, from 4 to 7 PM, and Monday, March 23, from 9:30 AM to service time.

The funeral will be Monday, at 10:30 AM, with the Rev. Jason Shaw officiating.

Burial will follow at Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson.

Memorials may take the form of contributions to St. Paul Church or School, or Saxony Lutheran High School.

Arrangements by McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.

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