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William Scheff Jr., 85, U.S. Marine and lover of sports

SHALLOTTE – William “Bill” David Scheff Jr., 85, of Shallotte, North Carolina, passed away Sunday evening Aug. 28, 2016. He was 85. He leaves behind as his legacy his beloved wife of 62 years, Frances Scheff (Schuster); his sons William Paglia-Scheff and his wife Megan, Scott Scheff and his wife Diane, the late Eric Scheff (1985); eight grandchildren: Victoria, Todd, Stefanie, Katelyn, Andrew, Matthew, Sara, and Jasper; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Born in Freeport, Long Island, New York, in 1930, Mr. Scheff served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1950-52, separating from the service as a Corporal.  He went on to work at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft manufacturing engines for civilian and military aircraft for over 31 years.  Together, he and his wife fulfilled their dreams of living by the ocean when they moved to the coast of North Carolina in the early nineties.

He will be remembered by his family, friends and even the faintest acquaintances as a gregarious, generous man who spent many a day working on projects for his family, church and community.  His infectious enthusiasm for life was exhibited in every encounter, with every person, every day.  As an active member of his church, Seaside United Methodist, the Marine Corps League, and various other civic organizations, he impacted many lives with his wit, charm and generosity.

He was an avid player and spectator of football, baseball, softball, golf and various other sports.  Win or lose, he could always be counted on to crack a joke and ensure the event was enjoyable for all.

As per his wishes, there will not be a memorial or formal funeral service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter for the SECU Hospice House of Brunswick, 1414Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401, a Hospice of your choice, or Toys for Tots Gift Processing Administrator, 18251 Quantico Gateway Drive, Triangle, VA 22172

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