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William "Bill" Vichko

June 29, 2022

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William Franklin (Bill) Vichko 

 

August 24, 1949 - June 29, 2022

 

William “Bill” Vichko passed away on June 29, 2022, surrounded by his family. He was born in Riverside, NJ, and resided in Burlington for most of his life. He graduated from Burlington Township High School and attended Burlington County College. Bill served honorably in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and was a lifelong VFW member at Scully Bozarth Post 1817, where he served as a Trustee.

 

Married for 48 years to his loving wife Katie, they enjoyed trips to Hawaii, golf’s US Open, and casinos in Atlantic City and Philadelphia.

 

As a proud father to his children Kara and Tim, Bill loved spending their childhood weekends taking them out to the small creeks and rivers in South Jersey to go fishing for sunnies or catfish. (He always made sure they threw them back in.) He enjoyed coaching little league baseball.

 

Bill worked as an expeditor for Stone and Webster Engineering, United Engineers, and Shaw Group. He traveled the country throughout his career, from Texas to Illinois to upstate New York. Upon retirement, he volunteered as a docent for 9 years on the USS Battleship New Jersey in Camden. His favorite spot on the ship was the Captain’s Cabin, where he greeted all visitors. He especially loved talking with fellow veterans who served on the ship, along with their children and grandchildren.

 

Bill was predeceased by his parents, Frank and Mildred Horton Vichko, and his brother and sister-in-law Ron and Leslie. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Katie, his children, Kara DeFrias of San Diego, CA, and Timothy of Keene, NH, and his grandchildren Zoey and Edward. He also leaves behind his siblings, Bob and Bev Vichko of Beverly, NJ, and Kathy and Jay Kazcmarczyk of San Antonio,Texas, many nieces and nephews and extended family and friends.

 

In Bill’s memory, in lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to the USS NJ (USS New Jersey Inc., 62 Battleship Place, Camden, NJ, 0810) or the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, aka “The Wall” (Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, South Clark Street, Suite 910, Arlington, VA 22202). A life celebration will be held at a later date.

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