Willard A. Scheibe, 79, of Waterloo, Ill., passed away Thursday, March 27, 2014, in Columbia, Ill.
A man's life is measured by his giving. Willard Scheibe was born on Aug. 21,1934 in Maeystown, Ill., to Max and Sylvia Scheibe. He was their only child and gave to them what he felt was theirs due until they left this world for a better place.
Willard joined the U.S. Marines in 1953 and served his country until 1975. He married Opal Eichelmann, daughter of Roland and Mabel Eichelmann, on March 29, 1958 in Waterloo, Ill. They had no children. Opal proceeded in Willard in death on July 24, 2007. Throughout their life together, they spent 23 years traveling with his Marine assignments to such places as Guam, Finland, California, Virginia and South Carolina. Willard served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. His jobs included chief cook, air marshall, and extra ordinary sergeant with numerous other responsibilities. Willard did not talk very much about the things he did while serving but related things about "crawling on his stomach to feed his troops as they were under fire" in Korea, not saying that he and his crew were also under the same fire. He talked about as an air marshal during Vietnam while transporting enemy POW's to undisclosed destinations. He was the only person on the plane that was armed. He never spoke of his personal dangers. Giving, oh yes. 23 years of dedicated giving to his country.
After Willard's retirement from the service, he became active in local politics. He served on committees for his precinct for many years. For his dedication, Willard received the first "Leroy Reitz Award" given. He cherished this honor as one of the greatest moments of his life. More "giving" while "living" definitely.
Willard also became a "teacher" in the art of cooking and barbecuing to relatives, friends and even total strangers. He catered many events for the VFW of which he was a proud giving member. He also catered and barbecued for country clubs, business establishments, and private family functions. He also served as a special deputy sheriff under Pat Brueggeman and an active member of various organizations. Willard belonged to the VFW, American Legion, Fleet Reserve Association, Maeystown Sportsman's Club and Democratic Club.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; Opal A. Scheibe, nee Eichelmann; in-laws, Otto and Millie Eichelmann, Bill Eichelmann, Art and Arlou (Eichelmann) Marquardt, and Paul and Leola Eichelmann.
Surviving are his brother-in-law, Wesley (Dixie) Eichelmann; nieces and nephews, Brenda (Jim) Krebel, Sandy Baldwin, Carol (Ray) Turnquist, Kevin Eichelmann, Bob (Denise) Eichelmann, Lisa Meegan, Randy (Rose) Marquardt, Gary (Ramona) Marquardt, Tracy (Char) Marquardt, and Scott (Darlene) Marquardt; and other relatives, including members of the Schiebe, Eichelmann, Toenjes, and other families.
Memorials may be made to VFW or Disabled American Veterans. www.quernheimfuneralhome.com
Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 30, 2014, and 8 to 10 a.m. Monday, March 31, 2014, at Quernheim Funeral Home, Waterloo, Ill.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, March 31, 2014, at the funeral home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Burial will be at the Waterloo Cemetery in Waterloo, Ill.
QUERNHEIM FUNERAL HOME, Waterloo, Ill.
Quernheim Funeral Home
800 South Market Street Waterloo, IL 62298
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Mar. 30, 2014