William Lee “Bill” Scheidt passed away at home on December 1, 2015, at the age of 88 years, after a six-year battle with cancer. He was born October 5, 1927 in Centerville, Ohio to Carrie Barton and Charles Lee Scheidt. He was the oldest of three brothers. Bill married Jo Anne on December 26, 1974. They were married for 40 years.
Bill is survived by wife, Jo Anne Scheidt; brother, Charles Scheidt and wife Jill of Goshen, Ohio; sister-in-law, Glenna Scheidt of Rockledge, Florida; daughter, Billie Denise Cavalliero and husband Pat of Mesa, Arizona; son, Michael Gene Scheidt and wife Valerie of Palm Bay, Florida; step-son, David Lewis and wife Lynn of Mason, Ohio; step-daughter, Neva Jo Lewis; 4 grandchildren and 3 step-grandchildren.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents Carrie Barton and Charles Lee Scheidt, and brother, Roger Scheidt.
Bill served in the US Navy during World War II. He worked with the Seabees in the South Pacific, rebuilding airstrips. He was over 20 men. He was honorably discharged as a fireman first class in December 1947. Bill lived in Florida and Mesa, Arizona before retiring to the Big Fork, Arkansas area in December 1989.
Bill was around animals all his life and especially loved his Rocky Mountain horses. In retirement he did a lot of work on the house and the land, and loved to garden.
Bill was a Mason for 63 years. At the age of 24 he joined the Bethel Ohio Lodge 61. After retiring to Arkansas he became a member of Lodge 128 in Mena. When he was in Ohio he was also a Shriner. Bill was a member of Mena First United Methodist Church.
A funeral service at Mena First United Methodist Church followed by burial with military honors at Fort Smith National Cemetery, 522 S 6th St, Fort Smith, AR 72901 is being planned. In lieu of flowers, donations towards the cost of his funeral are being accepted by Beasley Wood Funeral Home and Union Bank of Mena.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.