Fritz Wackernagel

November 23, 1924June 10, 2018

Fritz Otto Wackernagel, 93, of Boiling Spring Lakes passed away Sunday, June 10, 2018 at SECU Hospice of Brunswick.

Mr. Wackernagel was born in Dannhausen Germany on November 23, 1924, son of the late Ernst Wackernagel and Margarete Schrader Wackernagel. He was a German Navy veteran and served during WWII. Mr. Wackernagel immigrated to the United States in 1953 and worked as a tool and die maker in Detroit for General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler. He served as Vice President of the German American Cultural Center in Detroit. Mr. Wackernagel was selected through NASA to assist in building equipment that would be help in space exploration and eventually end up on the moon. He was also a member of Sports Club 1924. In addition to being a hard worker, Mr. Wackernagel was a generous, gentle man, a great Husband, Father, and Grandfather who enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He and his friends enjoyed many games of Rummikub at the Boiling Spring Lakes Recreation Center.

Survivors include his loving wife of 70 years, Inge Wackernagel of Boiling Spring Lakes; three children, Karin McCoy of Boiling Spring Lakes, Heidi Kuester of Boiling Spring Lakes, and Ingrid Wilder of Ft. Wayne, Indiana; and one sister, Marlis Pflaumbaum of Germany. He was “Opa” to nine grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

In honor of his many friends a gathering will be held at Boiling Spring Lakes Recreation Center at a later date.

In lieu of flower memorials may be made to Southport Oak Island Animal Rescue (SOAR), 3376 St. Charles Place SE, Southport, North Carolina 28461 or DAV Post, Chapter 71, P.O. Box 526, Shallotte, NC 28459.

Online condolences may be made at

Peacock - Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service, Southport.


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Judy Thuer

June 18, 2018

Such a handsome picture of my "boyfriend"... Chuck said "I" wasnt his ONLY girlfriend tho! I so looked forward to seeing him everyday and getting a kiss on my cheek...then having him sweet! Inge and are left with many memories of his humor and care...hold them close to your hearts. xoxo