Walter Martin Mendus
June 15, 1925 – April 1, 2019
Walter M. Mendus of Ocala, Florida, died on April 1, 2019 at the Legacy House in Ocala, FL. Born in Butler, Pennsylvania on June 25, 1925, he was the son of the late Lewis and Nellie Mendus.
Mr. Mendus was a member of Queen of Peace Roman Catholic Church in Ocala, FL. He was a volunteer in the Perpetual Adoration Chapel at the church. Prior to his move to Ocala, FL in 2010, Mr. Mendus was a long time member of St. Michael Catholic Church in Annandale, Virginia, where he also volunteered in the Perpetual Adoration Chapel and served as an usher.
He was an Honorary Lifetime Third Degree member of the Knights of Columbus at his Church Council in Ocala, FL and in his prior Council, the Pope John Paul II Council in Fairfax, VA.
He earned a BS degree in electronics and was a Registered Professional Engineer. He served in the US Air Force during World War II, where he designed and developed electronic training aids for use in the Air Force Radio and Communications Schools. In 2012, Mr. Mendus flew on a Final Honor Flight for veterans from Ocala, FL to Washington, DC to see the WWII Memorial. After his military service, he worked for and retired from Bechtel Power Corporation, where he held the position of Chief Quality Engineer.
Mr. Mendus is survived by sisters Blanche Kurnal and Genevieve Natali, along with 12 nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his wife, Louise Grimm Mendus, his brothers Ralph Mendus and Alfred Mendus, and his sister Lucille Druga.
Mass will be celebrated at Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Ocala, FL on Monday, April 8, 2019, at 8:30 a.m.
Friends will be received on Friday, April 12, 2019 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. at National Funeral Home, 7482 Lee Highway, Falls Church, VA 22042. Interment will follow in the adjacent National Memorial Park cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.
- Funeral Mass Monday, April 8, 2019
Walter Martin Mendus
Anna (Hoveskeland) Riley
April 10, 2019
I grew up in the house next door to Walt and Louise in Annandale. Walt was my local "Grandfather." He had dinner with my family countless times, drove me to the airport in college, attended my graduation from college in Boston, and came to my wedding. What a kind and peaceful man he was. He is very missed and fondly remembered.
April 3, 2019
Walt was a great friend of my father, and his friendship was appreciated by my Dad and by me--especially after my Dad was alone after my Mother died. Then, after my Dad died, Walt was an invaluable helper in assisting me with paperwork, cleaning out the house, and keeping my spirits up.
For this, I was humbled to dedicate one of my books to him and to another friend who was most helpful at that time: The inscription in my book reads, "To Walt and Sue . . . Kindness to a father shall not be forgotten" (Sirach 3:14)
What a generous, faithful, and loving person. He will be missed, but certainly remembered.