Waldo (Wally), 93, of Mathews, Va., died Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, at Riverside Regional Medical Center.
He was born on Jan. 4, 1920 to Karl Anton and Martha Knoll Scheid in Monroeville, Ohio. He graduated high school in his hometown in 1937, and completed a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the Ohio State University in 1942. He received his commission in the U.S. Navy on April 23, 1943, and married Lina Marie Wiebusch the following day.
He served as officer on several ships, assignment as Assistant Naval Attaché to the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, NATO, and was Captain of the USS Bache and USS Cronin. In 1967, he completed a Master’s Degree in Personnel Administration at George Washington University. Throughout his years of service which began with the Underwater Demolitions Team 3 (precursor to the Navy SEALs), he received the Silver Star, Asiatic-Pacific, American Campaign, World War II Victory, Occupation Medal, and Expeditionary Medals. He retired from the Navy with the rank of Commander in 1969. Afterwards, he worked for 13 years at the Virginia Employment Commission. He was co-founder and Commodore of the Norfolk Naval Sailing Association, which led to the creation of the National Naval Sailing Association. He was very active with the Elizabeth River Power Squadron, Toastmasters, Red Cross Disaster Relief, Mathews Senior Center, American Legion, Ruritan Club, and AARP 55 Alive.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Karl and Martha; wife Lina, and brother Norman Scheid.
He is survived by sisters, Margaret McKinley and Millicent Denzer; companion Betty Clark; children, Carolyn Deters, Linda Dyer, and Timothy Scheid; grandchildren, Erich Deters, Christopher Reynolds, Brian Reynolds, Dana Reynolds, Jeremy Scheid, and William Dyer; great-grandchildren, Logan and Lance Deters, and many other loving family members.
The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at Christ Episcopal Church, Kingston Parish, 320 Williams Wharf Rd., Mathews, Va. 23109.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the UDT Team, c/o Micki Munro, 8475 Southwind Bay Circle, Fort Myers, Fla. 33908, the Mathews County Meals on Wheels, c/o Nelda Gibbs, P.O. Box 369, Mathews, Va. 23109, or the charity of your choice.