ENGLEWOOD, N.J. -- Englewood resident Walter F. Dypko died Friday, Jan. 15. He was 82.
A U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, Dypko was a member of the Camp Merritt American Legion Post 21 of Cresskill. He spent most of his career in the mortgage business, until his retirement in 1995.
He was an accomplished athlete, who pitched in the St. Louis Cardinals minor league organization and played semi-pro basketball in the Clifton-Passaic area. He discovered volleyball later in life and won a USVBA Golden Masters, won a National Volleyball Championship with the Ringwood Volleyball Club in 1983 and was named a second-team All American. Dypko then went on to become a well-respected, nationally certified collegiate volleyball official.
He also was an avid golfer and sports fan, "but his greatest joy in life was watching his grandchildren play soccer, basketball, softball, football, wrestling, and (of course) volleyball," according to obituary information from the Vander Plaat-Caggiano Funeral Home.
Dypko is survived by his wife of 53 years, Gladys (Bauer) Dypko; sons Raymond Dypko and wife Monica, and Thomas Dypko and wife Debbie; grandchildren Corina, Christian, Samantha, Allison and Carlin; sister Dorothy Marmo; and sister-in-law Antoinette.
He was predeceased by his brother Edward Dypko.
Visiting hours will be from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18, at the Vander Plaat-Caggiano Funeral Home, 13-31 Saddle River Road, Fair Lawn. Cremation will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675, or by clicking here.