Wayne Leo Scriba
March 26, 1930 ó July 12, 2017
Wayne Leo Scriba passed away July 12, 2017, in Mesa, Ariz. He was born March 26, 1930, in Mendota, Ill., to Leo Harmon and Lucy (Finley) Scriba.
Wayne attended high school for his first three years in Mendota and in his senior year, he transferred to LaSalle/Peru where he graduated.
From 1951 to 1955, during the Korean War, Wayne served in the U.S. Navy on the Philippines Sea. Wayne attended the University of Illinois and LPO Junior College and completed his bachelorís degree in electrical engineering at the Milwaukee School of Engineering.
On August 20, 1960, he was married to Rita Phillips; together they raised two daughters, Lucy and Elizabeth. Wayne served as a test engineer for General Motors, Delco Electronics of Wisconsin in Milwaukee for 32 years. From 1974 to 1976, Wayne and his family went to Seattle, where he spent two years working for Boeing Company. During their two years in Seattle, the family was adopted by a local Coast Guard group. In 1976, the family returned to Waukesha to work with General Motors. He retired in 1993 from GM and went to work with a local hardware store. In 2000, he and Rita started spending their winters in Mesa, Ariz., and then permanently in 2016. Wayne enjoyed spending his time doing handyman work, woodworking, playing guitar, playing cards and gardening; he was also an avid golfer and bowler. He belonged to various groups and organizations such as the Spring City Squares, Vet Art and Vet Bowling. His family was the most important part of his life; his quiet, kind, nature and sense of humor were appreciated by his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Rita Scriba of Mesa, Ariz.; brother Ralph Scriba of Palos Verdes, Calif.; sister Ruth Hallett of Memphis, Tenn.; and daughters Lucy Scriba Dawson and husband Martin Dawson of Abilene, Texas, and Elizabeth Scriba of Mesa He is also survived by grandchildren Timothy, Philip, and Miriam Dawson.
A visitation will be held Friday, July 21, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, July 22, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. A funeral service will immediately follow at 11 a.m. at Mariposa Gardens Cemetery Chapel, 6747 E. Broadway Road, Mesa, AZ 85206.
Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Mesa, 161 N Mesa Drive, Mesa, AZ 85201, or the various veteranís groups.
Arrangements entrusted to Mariposa Gardens, 480-8304422. Please visit www.mariposagardens.com to leave a tribute.