Laszlo Jozsef Pinter, 76, of Ocean View, Del., passed away on Friday, April 13, 2018, at home, surrounded by his wife and children. He was born Thursday, June 5, 1941, in Eger, Hungary, son of the late Jozsef L. Pinter and Madeline Pinter.
Pinter and his older brother, Steven, survived war-torn Europe as small children in Hungary, followed by the Hungarian Revolution in 1956. In November of that year, unbeknownst to their parents, the two adolescent brothers traveled on foot to Austria and eventually to America. With the help of their New York-born mother, they were able attain citizenship and eventually build their lives in the United States.
After graduating private school at St. Bernard’s Preparatory School in Cullman, Ala., Pinter began his collegiate studies and shortly thereafter met Barbara “Bobbi” Willette, who was to be his bride. Shortly after their wedding on June 12, 1965, Pinter went on to serve in the Army, from 1966 to 1968. After an honorable discharge and the birth of their first child, Jozsef, Laszlo Pinter graduated with a degree in business from American University in Washington, D.C.
With the help of his beloved wife, he was able secure a position as a special agent with the U.S. Customs Service. During that time, the couple welcomed their second child, Erika Kristine. His career took him around the globe, living in such places as Tokyo, Japan, and Bonn, Germany.
Amongst other honorable duties, he served in the presidential detail for both Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. In 1989, at the end of the Cold War, he was also honored with the position of special agent in charge of security for President George Bush during a presidential visit to Hungary. He dedicated nearly 31 years to his work in government service before retiring in Great Falls, Va.
In 2011, the couple decided to relocate to Ocean View, Del., where they remained until his passing.
Pinter is survived by his wife of 53 years Barbara (Willette) Pinter; his children, Erika, and Jozsef and his wife, Vanessa; a brother, Steven and his wife, Patricia; his niece, Elissa; his nephew, John; and his grandnieces, Madeleine, Ireland and Elle.
A memorial service was scheduled for April 19, 2018, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Clarksville Chapel, Ocean View, Del., with interment at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Millsboro, Del. The family suggested memorial contributions to VFW Post 7234; 29265 Marshy Hope Way; Ocean View, DE 19970, where Pinter enjoyed much of his time. Condolences may be sent online at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.