Walter SochaJuly 4, 1924 ~ May 29, 2017 (age 92)
Walter Socha, age 92, of Fairfield Glade, TN, passed away Monday, May 29, 2017 at Cumberland Medical Center in Crossville. He was born July 4, 1924 in St. Clairsville, Ohio, son of the late Stanley Socha & Agatha (Lelek) Socha. A true patriot his entire life, he was born on Independence Day and died on Memorial Day. Walter worked for Cleveland Crane & Engineering Company in Wickliffe, Ohio as an assembler. After the closing of Cleveland Crane in 1984, Walter became self-employed with his own taxi service in Middlefield, Ohio, where he served the Amish Community there for the remainder of his working life. Walter also proudly served his country in the Navy aboard the USS Pecos in the Pacific theater for the duration of World War II. He was the recipient of the Asiatic-Pacific Medal with eight stars, Victory Medal, American Arena Medal, and Philippine Liberation Medal with two stars. Walter was an active member of the Church of Christ in the Glade, where he was very much loved by everyone there. During his lifetime, he had served the Church as a lay preacher of the gospel for many years. He recently had been presented with a Quilt of Valor during a ceremony at the Church of Christ in the Glade. Walter is survived by: his son Timothy (Sheena) Socha of Switzerland; his daughter Beverly Hernandez of Fairfield Glade, TN; Grandchildren - Adam (Lisa) Socha, Cynthia Hernandez, Jennifer Hernandez; Great-Grandchildren - Tiffany, Desiree, Meagan, Rachael, Tierra, Brendon, Jodi, Destany, Savannah, and Haylee; and one Great-Great Grandson - Braxton. In addition to his parents, Walter is preceded in death by: Wife - Beverly Camille (Norviel) Socha; Brothers - Stefan Socha, Benjamin Socha, Ted Socha, and Stanley Socha; and Sisters - Helen Kaplinski, Stella Wilson, and Sophia Burnett.
Calling hours will be 2:00 -5:00 PM Sunday, June 4, 2017 at Russell-Sly Family Funeral Home, 15670 West High St., Middlefield, OH 44062. Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Monday, June 5th at the Funeral Home with burial immediately following at Windsor Corners Cemetery in Windsor, Ohio, where he will be laid beside his beloved wife.