Richard Walchli, Warren PA


Richard Maurice Walchli, 86, of Kinzua Road, died unexpectedly on Monday, March 29, 2021 at Hamot Trauma Center in Erie, PA. He was born April 11, 1934 in Warren the son of the late Hans Walter and Zada Estez (Brands) Walchli. On September 10, 1960 in Linthicum, MD he married Marlene Glatzel, who survives.

Richard was a former resident of California, MD, Dayton, OH, New London, CT, Baltimore, MD, and Clarendon, PA. He was a 1952 graduate of Warren High School, a 1956 graduate of Penn State University, and earned a Master’s Degree in Engineering from Connecticut College in 1964. 

Prior to being employed by the Department of the Navy, Richard worked for the U.S. Weather Bureau and also served a tour with the United States Air Force as a tactical fighter pilot. He flew the F86 and F84 fighter jets for the Maryland Air National Guard and the Ohio Air National Guard.

                                                                                                                                                               In November 1970, he served as a Human Factors Project Engineer at the U. S. Naval Air Test Center, Patuxent River, MD, and in 1974, he became head of the Human Factors Section. In 1981, he became Chief Engineer of the Aircrew System Department. In 1984, he became the Human Factors Consultant to the Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, Norfolk, Va.  In 1991, he served as program manager for the Ground Proximity Warning System development for TACAIR aircraft. He retired from the Department of the Navy in 1993. 

October 1,1993, Richard began his full-time pleasures of fishing and boating in the Chesapeake Bay, and hunting and hiking from his log-cabin in the Allegheny National Forest – life was good!

In addition to wife, Richard is survived by a brother, Harold E. Walchli of Gibsonia, PA, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by: two brothers, Raymond W. Walchli, and Randall B. Walchli, and a sister, Elizabeth, Walchli.

A private graveside service at Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellsville is being planned for a later date. Please consider memorial donations to The Toy Shoppe of Warren, % Penn Soil RC&D, 4000 Conewango Avenue, Warren, PA 16365, ATTN: Wes Ramsey To leave online condolences please visit

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