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Walter P. Diesing, 86, of Williamsburg, Va., formerly of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., passed away on Sunday, July 03, 2016.
Walter’s childhood included the Boy Scouts, baseball and working at his father’s store, Diesing Supply Company. After graduation from Poughkeepsie High School in 1947, he joined his father at the family’s expanding business. From 1951-1953, he served his country as a U.S. Army gunnery school instructor. While on leave from Ft. Benning, Ga., he married the love of his life, Dorothy.
Following his honorable discharge, Walter settled back in Poughkeepsie, where he and his brother, Roger, built the family business into the Hudson Valley’s largest auto parts store. Although he worked at the store from 7 a.m. Monday to noon Saturday, Walter found time to follow his passion, flying. During a 25-year period, he completed commercial, instructor and multi-engine ratings, and he accumulated more than 4,000 flight hours. He became co-founder and operations officer of Sky Acres Airport in Millbrook, N.Y.
After retiring from Diesing Supply in 1988, Walter and Dorothy moved to Seabrook Island, S.C. They hosted many wonderful parties for new and old friends alike. As the family grew, Seabrook became a wonderful family vacation destination. In 2007, Dorothy and Walter moved to Windsor Meade in Williamsburg, Va., where he lived until his passing.
Walter was devoted to Christ. As a deacon/elder at Poughkeepsie’s Dutch Reformed Church and as a volunteer at Williamsburg’s Bruton Parish, Walter rarely missed a Sunday service. Well past retirement, he supported Habitat for Humanity, helping to build many homes on the rural islands near Seabrook.
Walter was a former member of the Red Oaks Mill Fire Department, New York State Wholesalers Assoc., Poughkeepsie Chamber of Commerce, AOPA, and numerous Exchange clubs. Living with advanced Alzheimer’s, Walter inspired others to serve. Whether pushing a fellow resident’s wheelchair or helping the Windsor Meade staff, he never stopped giving back. He was truly loved by his caregivers.
Walter is survived by his wife of 65 years, Dorothy J. (Cochran); brother, Roger (Joan) of Wilmington, N.C.; four children, Jeff (Rhonda) of Colorado Springs, Colo., Jim (Liz) of Portland, Ore., Jessica of Southampton, N.Y,, and Jay (Jeanne) of Southampton, N.Y.; grandchildren, Duane, Kendra, Connor, Kathleen, Emma, Kyle and Megan; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the entire Windsor Meade staff for their love and care during Walter’s two-year stay at the health center. Dorothy also would like to thank the Windsor Meade community for their love and friendship.
A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at Windsor Meade Celebration Hall, 3900 Windsor Meade Hall Drive, Williamsburg, Va.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association National Capital Chapter, 8180 Greensboro Drive, Suite 400, McLean, VA 22102.
Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.nelsencares.com.