Clarence Richard Bachmann
Clarence Richard Bachmann
  • February 20, 1918 - December 28, 2017
  • Maitland, Florida

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Bachmann, Clarence Richard, “Dick”, “Whitey”, CMDR, USNR, RET. Was transferred to his permanent home in heaven on December 28, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents, William A. and Cora Bachmann, and his brother, Bill. Richard was born in the small town of New Berlin, IL where he attended a one-room Lutheran school followed by the local high school. He also graduated from Bradley Polytechnic Institute, Peoria, IL. While at Bradley he played in the band and was captain of the tennis team. When WWII broke out Richard was draft deferred but he voluntarily enlisted in the Navy where he served from 1942 to 1946 upon discharge he was commissioned in the Naval Reserve and as a civilian worked for the office of Naval Research, special device center, Port Washington, New York and later in Orlando, FL. In New York on a blind date he met and later married Janet Thiel of Garden City, NY. While in New York, as a Naval Officer he helped established and served with Naval Reserve Research Company 3-2 and later with Air Support Squadron 835 bases at Naval Air Station, NY. In Orlando Richard served for three years as Commanding Officer of Naval Reserve Research Company 6-8. He retired from the Naval Reserve in 1974 with thirty years of service. He was a pioneer in the deployment and use of simulator in Navy and Marine Corps training programs as early as 1943. Richard was a member of Ascension Lutheran Church, Casselberry, FL. During his lifetime, he served in his various Lutheran Congregations Board of Director’s, Sunday School Teacher and Sunday School Superintendent, member of choirs and usher. Richard also held life memberships in The Reserve Officer’s Associations. He helped establish and was a committee member of The Local Valley NY Sea Scouts, as well as a member of the Manhasset Bay, NY. Power Squadron. Richard was a strong supporter of national conservative polices, holding memberships in the Heritage Foundation, Judicial Watch, Right to Work Committee, Citizens Against Government Waste and the Committee for Justice. Survivors include his beloved wife of 70 years, Janet; daughters, Karen Loghry (Rick) of Versailles, KY; Kim Bachmann, Maitland, FL; Jill Long (Charlie) of Claremont, NC; four grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren; three nieces and one nephew. Arrangements made with Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Home, Goldenrod Chapel in Winter Park, FL. Memorial donations may be made to, Ascension Lutheran Church, 351 Ascension Drive, Casselberry, FL. or the New Berlin Area Veterans Memorial Association, P.O.Box 394, New Berlin, IL. 62670-0394. Funeral services will be conducted at a later date.