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Richard Edward Scheetz Sr. - Southport

Richard “Dick” E. Scheetz Sr, 79, of Southport, North Carolina passed away on Thursday, June 21, 2012, peacefully at home surrounded by family.

Mr. Scheetz arrived March 25, 1933 in Youngstown, Ohio, son of Peter and Mary (Keaggy) Scheetz.

He is survived by wife of nearly 60 years Rita (Mangie) Scheetz, sister Joan Democko (Steve), twin brothers Lawrence and Jerome(Suzie), children Dr Richard E Scheetz, Jr(Cindy), Charles Scheetz, Peter Scheetz, Dr Kurt (Kathryn) Scheetz, Karl (Alba) Scheetz and Laura (Dr Anthony) Michelakis. He is also survived by grandchildren Lilly and Carly Michelakis, Crescenzo, Marisa, and Luke Scheetz, Lauren, LeighAnn and Thomas Scheetz, Ryan and Kristin Scheetz, Jessica Scheetz, Derek,Richard F, Heidi, and Erika Scheetz, Brita Scheetz Smarrella, and great grandchildren Conlin, Romy, Lana Sloan and Dominic Smarrella; also numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.

Mr. Scheetz graduated with honors from Ursiline High School in Youngstown in 1950 and The Catholic University of America in 1954, and attended the University of Pittsburgh. Dick was first in his engineering class at the Catholic University of America and elected into the Phi Kappa honorary fraternity. He wrestled varsity for four years and was captain of the wrestling team. Following college he was employed at Hetlzel Steel, then entered the US Navy and attended officers training school. He was stationed at Parris Island, SC and Blackbush Naval Airstation in England as a full Lieutenant and was the Base Engineer at both locations. Later he moved to Boardman, Ohio, where he was employed by the East Ohio Gas Company as Chief Engineer for seven years. He became a partner in the Youngstown engineering firm Mosure and Fok. Mr. Scheetz then left to become employed by the Federal Aviation Administration where he was responsible for the safety of Ohio airports. After that he then worked 15 years for the 910th tactical unit at the Youngstown AFB until his retirement. In 1977, he and his family moved from Boardman to New Middletown , Ohio into a house that he designed and constructed, and then moved to Southport, NC with his wife and Grannie, where his son Dr. Kurt Scheetz and daughter Laura Michelakis reside.

Dick was known for his firm handshake, infectious smile and laugh. He was intelligent, loving, hardworking, and especially honest. He was highly admired and loved by many. He will be missed by those who knew and loved him.

Memorial services were held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Southport, NC at 1:00pm Saturday, June 23, 2012. Future memorial services in Youngstown, Ohio will be announced at a later date.

Special thanks to the people of Liberty Healthcare and Home-care Hospice, Ocean Trail Rehabilitation and Convalescent Center, New Hanover and Dosher Hospitals and the doctors and staff of all. The family appreciates all the hard work and special care of his wife Rita and daughter Laura Michelakis the last few months of his life.

The world lost a great man but he carries on in the impressions he left on all of us.

In lieu of flowers, the family desires donations be made to the Southport Senior Center,1513 Howe St., Southport, NC 28461.

You may offer online condolences at www.peacocknewnamwhite.com.

You may send flowers at www.FTD.com or by calling 877-282-4098.

Peacock-Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service, Southport

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