William “Pete” Mutschler
Passed away on Saturday, July 25, 2015 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Pete was born on July 23, 1933 in Syracuse, New York. Graduating from Corning Free Academy in 1951, he was a member of the National Honor Society. “Packy” Pete, as he was known to his teammates, and to some by “Moose” captained the 1951 Corning Free Academy baseball team to the New York State Section 5 championship. Later, he played semi-pro baseball in the Corning area. He came from a line of baseball enthusiasts, which included his grandmother, Margaret “Nonnie” Mutschler, who was inducted into the Corning Painted Post Sports Hall of Fame in 2000.
Pete obtained his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Syracuse University in 1955 and 1956. It was there that he met his own “band of brothers” at the Sigma Chi Fraternity. Surrounded by friends Ken Gilchrist and Pete DeMayo, amongst others, they enjoyed all things sports, ANYTHING SYRACUSE, and the occasional beer on the golf course.
Life long friendships cemented, Pete embarked on building a family with his Sigma Chi Sweetheart, Corky. He began working for IBM in 1956 in Endicott, New York. Thirty-four years and four children later, and after several executive assignments including personnel director and site administration manager at the Research Triangle Park, he retired in the heart of Dixie.
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Pete was an avid runner, devoted father, history buff, music lover and die-hard Syracuse sports fan. When not enjoying retirement in Raleigh, Pete relished summer trips to his beloved Keuka Lake in upstate New York.
Pete is survived by his wife Barbara “Corky” Mutschler, his sister, Beth Wasson and brother Joe Blair, and four children: Lisa Karin Mutschler (Daniel Hayes) of Great Falls, Virginia, Kathleen Corcoran Mutschler-Watkins of Raleigh, North Carolina, Tomilynnell Harris (Thomas Harris) of South Riding, Virginia, and William Blair Mutschler of Austin, Texas and eight grandchildren: Jessica Lynn Hayes, John Douglas Watkins III, Jacqueline Leigh Hayes, Carolyn Blair Harris, Blair Egan Watkins, Katharine Corcoran Harris, Caroline Ruth Mutschler, and Julia Beth Mutschler. He is also survived by special friends Steve Faircloth and Donna Cuddy.
Those wishing to remember Pete may make a donation to CareFirst Hospice, 3805 Meads Creek Rd Painted Post, NY 14870.
Corky, there will never be another you.
The family will receive friends from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, Thursday, July 30, 2015 at Renaissance Funeral Home, 7615 Six Forks Rd Raleigh NC.
The Funeral Service will be Friday, July 31, 2015 at 11:00am, with Visitation one hour prior, 10:00am to 11:00am at the Renaissance Funeral Home.
Following the service there will be a Reception at the Funeral home.
The family request the attire to be bright and relaxed.