Walter Tweedle, 81, passed away Sunday, June 8, 2008, at Sunbridge Care Center, Circleville. A caring cremation has taken place by Frank E. Smith Funeral Home and Crematory, Lancaster. No visiting hours were observed. He will be interred near his brother, Thomas, in the Veterans Cemetery, Salem, N.J.
Walter was born May 30, 1927, in Atlantic City, N.J., to Thomas S. and Lucy Blanton Tweedle. He attended school in Mays Landing, N.J., and was in the U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Marine for several years after leaving school. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and saw service in the Korean War. He was a recipient of the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star with Valor, the Army of Occupation Medal, the Korean Service Medal with two Bronze Stars and the Combat Infantry Medal.
After discharge, Walter worked several years on oiltanker ships along the East Coast. In 1960, he moved to Oakland, Calif., and held various jobs, most of which were associated with the air freight industry. After retirement, he lived three years with his brother, Harold, in Mountain Home, Ark., and in 1992 he moved to Millersport, where his nephew resides. During his work career, he also was a part-time freelance photographer. Several of his pictures were used for advertising purposes or appeared in various magazines.
Walter was a life member of the military Order of the Purple Heart and served as its local Ohio chapter commander for several years. He also was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans and Associated Photographers International. He also held memberships in Millersport American Legion Post 637 and Buckeye Lake VFW Post 1388.
He is survived by his nephew, Thomas (Sonja) Tweedle, of Millersport; niece, Sandra (James) Craig, of Lancaster, Pa.; grand-niece, Deborah (Bradley) Dukes; and children, Grace and Karis, of Toledo; grand-nephews, Thomas Scott (Amy) Tweedle and son, Thomas, of Somerville, David (Chandra) Tweedle and son, Brookes, of Columbus, and Ryan Craig and Jared Craig, of Lancaster, Pa.; and sister-in-law, Clara Tweedle, of Salem, N.J.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Thomas Scott and Harold Norman Tweedle.
Memorial gifts may be given to Millersport American Legion Post 637, P.O. Box 611, Millersport, OH 43046.