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Walter J. Moucha, Sr.
Walter J. Moucha, Sr., 90, of East Stroudsburg died Monday, May 13 at Gino J. Merli Veterans Center in Scranton.
Born Jan. 16, 1923 in the Bronx, NY, he was the son of the late Aldrich and Mabel (Miller) Moucha. He and his late wife started their family in the Bronx, NY and moved to East Northport, NY in the early 1950s where they raised their sons. They retired to Menominee, MI and lived there for almost 25 years. He spent the past five years in Monroe County having moved from Fort Pierce, FL.
He served in the 554th Army Air Force Base Unit during World War II and was the recipient of the American Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and World War II Victory Medal.
A gifted carpenter and cabinetmaker, his skills took him to the Wheeler Shipyard in the Clason Point section of the Bronx. He helped build some of the finest post-WWII luxury yachts for the rich and famous. He built his own pleasure a 16 boat and his next challenge was a 25 cabin cruiser, christened Millicent.
He continued his love of boat building when his family moved to Long Island. Shortly after, he sought a more stable job and was employed, first as a carpenter and then as head of all maintenance, with the Union Free School District #4 in Northport, retiring in 1982.
He was a long time model airplane enthusiast and a member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics. He loved fishing off Long Island and the NJ shore and most recently in the waters of south Florida with his son.
Survivors include two sons; Lawrence "Larry" Moucha Sr. and his wife, Nancy of East Stroudsburg and Walter J. Moucha, Jr. and his wife, Rose of Fort Pierce, FL; 14 grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren.
Besides his wife who died in March 2006, he was preceded in death by his great grandson, Jacob Cole Slaymaker.
Viewing will be from 7:00 to 8:30 PM, Thursday, May 16 at the William H. Clark Funeral Home, Stroudsburg, PA. and the funeral service will be at 10 AM, Friday, May 17 at the funeral home with the Rev. David Cornell officiating. Cremation will be at H.G. Smith Crematory in Stroudsburg.