Barry Fichter, born in Hazleton, PA on September 13, 1942, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 15, 2020, surrounded by his wife and children, after battling a long illness at home.
Barry was a devoted family man and a father figure to many. He is survived by his wife and comforting companion of 48 years, Belinda Margarette (Margie) Fichter; his siblings, Donna Conrad and Gary Fichter; his children, Michelle Fichter Guzman (and spouse Alexis Guzman), Krystal Fichter Guerrero (and spouse Juan Guerrero Jr.), and Brian Fichter (and spouse Nancy Flores Fichter); and his grandchildren, Jordan and Justin Guzman, Christion Fichter-Smith, Naomi Guerrero, and Isabella, Gabriella, and Isaiah Fichter.
He joined the US Navy in 1960 and proudly served for 30 years. As an electronics technician, he was a field engineer in the South China Sea and Vietnam, managed the Navy Astronautics Group in Maine, and a Telecommunications station in the Philippines.
He was Command Master Chief for Naval Forces Marianas and Naval Surface Group Western Pacific, a finalist for Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy in 1985, and retired as Force Master Chief, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command in Washington, DC.
During his Vietnam deployment, he served aboard a US Navy Destroyer, USS Warrington, which was blown up and required the ship to be towed to Subic Bay, Philippines. It was there where he met his beautiful bride, Margie.
Following his military retirement, he continued to serve his community for 15 years as a Program Chair/Lead Instructor for the Electronics Telecommunications program at TESST College of Technology (now Kaplan College) in Alexandria, VA before retiring to Florida in 2004.
Barry was well loved and respected, and will be missed dearly.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 9am at Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home, Southside Chapel, 1727 Bartow Rd, Lakeland, FL 33801.
A Navy Honors Burial Service will follow at the Sarasota National Cemetery at 1:30pm, 9810 State Road 72, Sarasota, FL 34241.
Condolences may be sent to the family at Gentry-Morrison Funeral Homes.