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Obituary: Robert Henry “Bob” Lichtenwalter


Robert Henry “Bob” Lichtenwalter

WATERVILLE – Bob Lichtenwalter passed away on May 5, 2024 in Waterville due to complications from Parkinson’s disease.

He was born in Joliet, Illinois, to Helen and Lester Lichtenwalter, the middle child between two sisters. As a young man, he excelled in academics, playing football, basketball and baseball at Lincoln Way High School, graduating in 1961. He attended Dartmouth College, where he was a member of the 1962 Ivy League championship football team, Kappa Sigma fraternity, and received his degree in mechanical engineering.

After graduating in 1965, he drove across country to Seattle to begin his career at Boeing on the Supersonic Transport project. He asked out a beautiful girl named Karen at his apartment building, and they eloped four months later, much to the chagrin of his family in Illinois, who would have preferred a big wedding. While working at Boeing, he attended night school at the University of Washington and received his master’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1970. He was proud to have worked on the design of the 747 during his Boeing years.

Bob worked in the aircraft industry for 15 years before changing directions and joining Weyerhaeuser in Federal Way, Washington. During his time in the forest products industry, he designed several types of equipment, acquired two patents and managed many factory projects. With Karen by his side, he traveled across the country solving paper mill problems for Weyerhauser, always returning to the “dream house” they built in Port Townsend, Wash.

At the age of 55, he retired from the corporate world and set up his own consultancy firm, with Karen doing the books. In 2004, he retired from engineering altogether and became a real estate agent in their new hometown of Enumclaw, Wash. In 2008, they moved to Waterville for the last time to be closer to their grandchildren.

Bob was a lifelong learner who was always interested in trying new things. While working at Boeing, he earned his private pilot license and eventually earned an instrument rating that allowed him to fly at night and in all weather conditions.

When his children were young, he coached their sports teams and built them a model railroad layout in the garage. A planner by nature, he made all his own financial investments, always with an eye to the future. After moving to Maine, he took up cycling and competed in age group time trial races for several years. He and Karen became avid golfers while in Maine, and they also competed in Toastmasters, with Bob leading the Waterville club as their president for several years.

He enjoyed attending his granddaughters’ school concerts and sporting events. Bob will be remembered as a man of integrity who always kept his word, a loyal husband, a talented engineer, a team player, a wise and trustworthy father, a loving grandfather and a funny, generous and easy-going guy.

He was predeceased by his parents; and his brothers-in-law Don Werner and Bob Crosby.

He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Karen (Crosby) Lichtenwalter; son, Bob (and Tawnya) Lichtenwalter, daughter, Brenda (and Christine) Nichols; sisters Betty Werner and Carol (and Lou) Kish, sisters-in-law Amy Crosby, Wendy Emmons and Marilyn Crosby; many nieces and nephews; and his beloved grandchildren, Emily and Kate, who in his eyes could do no wrong.

At Bob’s request, there will be no service. The family would like to thank the wonderful hospice nurses at Beacon, and the nurses and staff at Lakewood for their care and attention to Bob in his final days.

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Robert Henry “Bob” Lichtenwalter

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