Harold Lecher Obituary, Blount County Retired Army Has Passed Away

Harold Lecher Obituary, Death – We are sad to learn that Army Veteran, Harold Alvan Lecher, Jr., recently passed away. Harold was born on April 11, 1947, in Dover, NJ. He was raised in Ledgewood, NJ and he graduated from Roxbury High School in 1965. Harold entered the Army in October, 1967. He completed his basic training at Fort Jackson, SC then Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at Fort Lee, VA.

Harold then completed airborne training at Fort Benning, GA. He worked in supply and also the armory during his career in the Army. Harold deployed to Vietnam in April, 1968 with the 173rd Support Battalion. He remained in Vietnam until January, 1970. Harold earned the Bronze Star Medal and the Parachute Badge during the Vietnam War. His next assignment was at Fort Bragg, NC with the 82nd Airborne Division. He completed his second tour to Vietnam with the 173rd Support Battalion from July, 1970 to February, 1971.

Harold served in Germany from September, 1971 to August, 1974. During the remaining time of his career, Harold was station at Fort Bragg, NC and then again in Germany from August, 1982 to July, 1985. He also served six months in Honduras. Harold retired from the Army in December 1988 with the rank of Sergeant First Class.

After retiring from the Army, Harold worked in a warehouse and drove a forklift for Ikea in North Carolina. He moved to Blount County in 1998 and he worked for Ryder Cross Docks in Alcoa, TN. His spouse of 41 years, Chris Lecher, is also a Veteran and they met in Wiesbaden, Germany in 1982 when they were both stationed there. She said he loved his German Shepherds, woodworking, and his guns. He also loved to read and go bowling.