Age 96, devoted his life to Fire Fighting, a Moon Township resident most of his life, passed away on Monday, November 20, 2017, at Southwestern Veteran Center. Born in McKeesport on October 29, 1921, he was one of five to the late Walter O. and Emma J. (Keenan) Baechtold. On February 3, 1962, he married his beloved, Shirley H. (McCann) Baechtold, who preceded him in death on August 10, 2010. In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Agnes Tesla; brothers, James and Raymond Baechtold; and stepson, David G. Peters; loving father of Sarah A. (Greg G.) Gray and Jennifer (Scott C.) Zimmerman; cherished stepfather of Charles D. (Maya) and Thomas A. (Connie) Peters; adored grandfather of Grace and Geoffrey; step-grandfather of Christina, Pamela, Linda, Melanie, Jordan and Tommy. Also surviving are his sister, Lois Kornaus; and sister-in-law, Shirley (wife of brother James). Slim was a WWII Navy veteran who served on the USS Rhind and USS Macon. He joined the Moon Township Volunteer Fire Department in 1941 and served 30 years as a County Fireman. An avid hunter and fisherman, he had a deep appreciation for nature. He loved to spend time at the beach and his mountain cabin in Port Allegany. He also enjoyed watching ice hockey. Visitation Wednesday 2-4, 6-8 p.m. at COPELAND'S MOON TOWNSHIP, 981 Brodhead Rd. Further visitation on Friday from 2-4, 6-8 p.m. at the Moon Township Volunteer Fire Company, Public Safety Building, 1000 Beaver Grade Rd. where service will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. Burial will follow with full Military Honors in Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to Moon Township Volunteer Fire Department.
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PostedNovember 21, 2017