Walter “Wadz” Paul Rydzy, 84, was granted his angel wings on Thursday, July 7, 2022, at his home in Fayetteville, NC. Walter was born on September 27, 1937, in Shenandoah, PA, to John & Marie (Schistel) Rydzy.
After High School, Walter served as an electrician in the U.S. Navy for over 20 years, retiring as a Chief Petty Officer. While with the Navy, he had two tours of duty in Vietnam. Upon returning to civilian life, he spent another 22 years as a Fire Protection System Mechanic before retiring and settling down in Fayetteville, NC.
His hobbies and interests included family, gardening, reading, serving with the Elks Club, supporting local fire departments, and putting smiles on the faces of everyone he met. He was known as a very giving, caring, and selfless soul who loved life. Family and friends knew him for the devotion of his time and energy to his wife, Anne, whom he loved beyond bearing.
Walter is survived by his wife of 27 years, Anne, along with his stepsons and daughter, his stepsister, Janice, and his many loving nephews and nieces.
A celebration of his life was held at a later date in Fayetteville, NC and when he was buried in Shenandoah, PA. The Elks celebrated his life in Charleston, SC on Sunday, August 7, 2022.