Dydiw , Walter 91
Walter Dydiw, 91, of Greensburg, died Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, at his home. He was born July 7, 1921, in Slickville, a son of the late Harry and Rosalia (Bohonis) Dydiw. Prior to his retirement in 1980, he had been an investigator for the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. Walter served in World War II as an aeronautical engineer in the Asiatic Pacific Theater. He graduated from Parks Air College with a Bachelor of Science degree in aviation operations. He also graduated from St. Louis University in 1948, and earned his pilot's license in 1949. He instructed NATO pilots principles of flight and meteorological courses. He conducted rainfall stimulation projects in the United States, Canada, Cuba and Puerto Rico. He also taught financial planning courses at Westmoreland County Community College and conducted travel shows for Laurel Highlands Tourism. He was a member of St. Michael's Orthodox Church and its choir. He was a member of American Legion Post 18 of Slickville. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Lynn Soderholm; and a brother, John B. Dydiw. He is survived by his loving wife, Vera (Lopachuk) Dydiw; two sons, John C. Dydiw, of Pittsburgh, and Landis L. Dydiw, of Chesapeake, Va.; a daughter, Wendy L. Brewer and her husband, Scott, of Ashburn, Va.; and several nieces and nephews. Honoring Walter's request, there will be no public visitation. Family and friends are invited to attend a funeral service at 11 a.m. Friday in St. Michael's Orthodox Church with Archpriest John Nosal officiating. Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park with full military honors accorded by the American Legion Post 981 Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to St. Michael's Orthodox Church, 1182 Ashland St., Greensburg, PA 15601. LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., Greensburg, in charge of arrangements. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.